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Knights' Rally Falls Short, Lose 6-4 to Grossmont


After falling behind by three runs, the Knights got back into the game with a 2-run home run from Joseph Lavin in the eighth inning, but Grossmont held on to win 6-4. The loss was the Knights' fourth straight and dropped their overall record to 5-14 and Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 3-7.

SDCC starter Matthew Stratton surrendered single runs to Grossmont in both the first and second innings, but the Knights came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and no outs, Anthony Phillips came home from third after Raymond Jones was hit by a pitch. Lavin came up next and hit a sacrifice fly to score Joshua Burns. 

Unfortunately for the Knights, that's all they were able to get out of that situation. Geordy Smith hit what looked to be another sacrifice fly, but Grossmont left fielder Brandon Lewis gunned down Jp Rios at home plate to end the inning. 

Grossmont scored a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead over City, but the Knights kept fighting. 

In the bottom of the eighth with two out and Jones on first base, Lavin belted one over the left field fence to get the Knights within a run at 5-4. 

The Griffins, however, would add a run in the top of the ninth and then retired the Knights' side in the bottom of the inning to end the game. 

The teams will play again on Thursday and Friday of this week. Friday's game is another home game for the Knights. Both games start at 2:00 p.m.

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