The Episcopal Knights took full advantage of a rare opportunity to play in a major league baseball stadium on Monday, February 22, and combined 12 hits with stellar pitching to beat Cecilia 14-2 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Four Episcopal pitchers held the Bulldogs to two hits while 12 different Knights had base hits on the afternoon as the boys from Baton Rouge and their families enjoyed the game played in the home of the MLB Houston Astros.
Senior Matthew Garrett got the win for the Knights while striking out 8 of the 9 outs he recorded. Fellow seniors Clayton Talbot and Chris Thibodaux combined for three innings pitched and four strike outs while junior Daniel Johnson also threw a scoreless frame. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning the Knights tied the game at 2-2 on a two-out single by junior William White that plated junior David Tatman and sophomore James Poche. The Knights took the lead for good in the fourth when junior, Clark Nichols plated sophomore Russ St. Romaine on a fielders choice grounder. Sophomore Rogee Clark and senior Josh Bernard scored on a fielders choice ground ball by senior Scott Folse and ensuing throwing error. The Knights methodically added to their lead from that point while the pitching shut down the Bulldogs for six scoreless innings. The Knights tallied three runs in sixth and added six more in the top of the seventh. A record number of 34 different Episcopal players saw action in the game. Junior Jackson Davis, freshman Cruz Crawford and White had 2 RBI each. Poche scored three runs (two as a courtesy runner) while nine other Knights scored. All in all it was a great two-day trip for the Knights who rolled back into Baton Rouge after midnight Monday night tired, but grateful for the opportunity to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity.