Last night was the Senior Show at Silvertown Ballpark as the Upson-Lee Knights annihilated the Crisp County Cougars 15-5 in the last region game of the regular season. All nine seniors on the squad contributed in the victory to the delight of parents, girlfriends, and baseball lovers of all ages.
After consulting with pitching Coach Zach Jones following the third inning, Austin Hendricks made adjustments to his curveball and demonstrated his ability to dominate on the mound for three more innings. The senior earned the W for the Knights and wrapped up the regular season 6-3 with 64 K’s. Bullpen stud Phillip Greene finished off the Cougars, needing just 7 pitches (6 strikes) to seal the Knights’ victory.
Hendricks has a tendency of helping his own cause at the plate on games he is assigned to pitch. He was 2-3 at the dish with a double and a whopping 4 RBI. Kennesaw State bound Jake Willis filled the DH role perfectly, going 3-3 with a double, a mammoth homerun that landed in the Ingles parking lot, and totaled 3 runs and 3 RBI. First baseman Logan Spivey added a base hit and 3 RBI. Brooks Gulley entertained as usual, going 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Centerfielder Stephen Marriage tallied 3 runs scored, Carson Lawson laced a sixth inning base hit to left field, and Miller Patterson added a run to mark the 11th time the Knights have won by the ten-run mercy rule this year. On defense, left fielder Jordan Foster made an incredible running catch against the wall to deflate any hopes of a comeback.
Last night’s victory showed promise that our Diamond Knights, led by the strongest senior class we’ve seen in many years, have all the pieces in place to bring home a state championship. Playoffs begin next Thursday in Hinesville, Ga. as UL will face off against Liberty Co. in the opening round.