Four-Run Rally In 9th Gives Knights An 8-7 Win Over Chaffey
A day after opening the season with a tough, 3-2, road loss at Saddleback, the Knights responded with an exhilarating 8-7 comeback victory at home vs. Chaffey. Jp Rios, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, came through with a bases-loaded hit in the bottom of the ninth to put the Knights on top.
SDCC had a 4-0 lead after five innings, but Chaffey scored six runs in the sixth inning and added one more in the eighth inning to take a 7-4 lead.
Gabriel Santana, who went 2-for-3 with two runs, hit a lead-off single in the bottom of the ninth to start the Knights' rally. Anthony Lee followed with a single of his own and then Bobby Martinez brought them both home with a double through the left side. Geordy Smith came up next and tied the game with an RBI-double.
After a pinch-hit fly-out by Joseph Lavin, Henry Grow was walked and James McKenrick was hit to load the bases for Rios, who then belted one over the center fielder's head to bring in the game-winning run.
Smith went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, three RBI, and two runs.
Knights' starter Erik Tec pitched five scoreless innings with one strikeout and allowed only three hits. Ryan Fitzgerald (1-0) got the win after pitching the final 1.1 innings.
The Knights host Irvine Valley on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Box Score