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Clutch hits bring Knights back from a 3-0 hole

by: David Ball, Mt. Hood Knights manager Justin Speer sends a signal down the third-base line during Wednesday night’s 4-3 comeback win over Liberty.

The Mt. Hood Knights climbed out of a 3-0 hole Wednesday night to topple Liberty 4-3 in AAA American Legion baseball action.

The Knights tied the score in the fifth when Louis Wolf, a member of Oregon City's state championship team, sent a lead-off single through the left side. He stole second base and moved to third on a Liberty error.

That set the stage for an exciting sprint to the plate when Mark Morris connected on an infield chopper that didn't reach the dirt near third base. But Wolf was on his way. He was only halfway down the line when Liberty got to the ball, but the throw home was a one-hopper that bounced over the catcher's shoulder allowing Wolf to slide in unchallenged and knot the game at 3-3.

A high fly ball would leave the bases loaded, but it wouldn't take long for the Knights to bring in the winning run.

Gresham's Travis Blanchard led off the sixth inning with a double into left field and quickly moved to third base on a wild pitch.

Gophers teammate John Lilly did the job in the next at-bat with a high-hopper in the infield that scored Blanchard on a fielder's choice.

Look for full game coverage in the June 8, edition of The Outlook.



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