Written by Ken Karson
Knights’ productive offense crushes Momence
Chicago Christian revisited its past on Saturday, much to coach Eric Brauer’s delight.
Not only were things the way they used to be, but more importantly, the way they ought to be.
At least that was Brauer’s viewpoint in the aftermath of his squad’s 12-0 demolition of Momence. What pleased him most wasn’t the run total itself, but how the Knights went about collecting their markers.
Christian stroked 10 hits and received six free passes, meaning that it brought 75 percent of its baserunners all the way around to the plate. That high success rate was a common occurrence for the Knights in 2013 and, according to Brauer, “how we pieced together 30 wins.”
“You capitalize as often as you can,” he said. “We did a better job of that [here].
“We’ve scored a lot of two-out runs [so far in 2014], but we’ve left a ton of guys on base [before this]. If you’re constantly leaving guys on base, it takes its toll.”
In this instance, the toll was taken on the Redskins, who lost in just 4 ½ innings at the Ray Kroc Center. Christian’s third game of the week at that Chicago-based site featured the locals scoring multiple runs in each of their four at-bats, with four-run eruptions in both the third and fourth innings representing the apexes.
Interestingly, five of the Knights’ RBI were accrued without benefit of a hit. Josh Novak lofted a sacrifice fly, Drew Van Buren and Pat McCarthy each drove in a run with a groundout, and Christian Bolhuis (walk) and Mike Santarelli (hit by pitch) got aboard while the bases were filled.