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Pec soars past Knights
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NEW GLARUS - Pecatonica senior Lucas McKeon pitched five shutout innings to lead the Knights to a 7-0 win over New Glarus Monday, April 7.

McKeon struck out seven and walked only one. It was the season-opener for the Glarner Knights. Two of the Knights' five errors came in the Vikings' three-run first.

"We gave them five or six outs with two errors and a dropped third strike," New Glarus coach Ross Eddy said. "For them to only score three runs was a victory for us. I knew we would struggle. It was only our second time on the diamond. We struggled throwing the ball. It was just kind of first-game jitters."

Pecatonica sophomore Brooks Chandler and senior Tyler Hodgson were each 2-for-4. With the win, Pecatonica improves to 2-0.

The Knights used five pitchers, but Tyler Molencamp took the loss. Molencamp pitched two innings and gave up two earned runs. He struck out four.

"We tried to get in as many pitchers as possible," Eddy said. "We wanted to get everyone some experience. We want to get as many people innings as possible these first few games."

New Glarus junior Koner French went 1-for-2 with a double and Kyle Larson was 1-for-2.

Barneveld 15,

Black Hawk 0

SOUTH WAYNE - Barneveld proved why they are ranked No. 2 in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Division 4 preseason poll, after rolling to a 15-0 win over Black Hawk.

The Warriors have eight new starters and committed four errors. Barneveld's Tyler Hellenbrand and Dustin Hodgson limited the Warriors to just one hit, which came from Seth Butler. The Warriors' No. 4-6 hitters were a combined 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts. The Warriors struck out 11 times including eight times looking.

"That is unacceptable," Black Hawk coach Jeff Solberg said.

The Warriors trailed just 3-0 after four innings, despite the struggles to come up with some big hits. Hellenbrand pitched four shutout innings and struck out seven. Barneveld's Carson Carmody went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Hodgson pitched two innings and struck out four.

"On the positive side, we at least scared the No. 2 team in Division 4 a little, considering they brought Hodgson in after four," Solberg said.

Black Hawk's Brady Meythaler pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs (four earned) on five hits and took the loss. He struck out two and walked five.

"I was pleased with Brady Meythaler's pitching performance tonight," Solberg said. "We can only go up from here.