Luke Bossard

LUKE BOSSARD cuts off an infield slow roller, forces a Knoxville runner back to second and throws to first for the out.

The Blue Demon baseball team split an SCC double header with Knoxville on Friday night in Knoxville, picking up their first win of the season against the four-time defending South Central Conference champions.

Albia won the opener in a slug fest 16-13. In the first inning Albia scored as Hunter DeMoss walked and a double by Ashtin Brand sent him across the plate. Albia scored again in the second. Luke Bossard doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Crall.

Albia picked up four runs in the third inning. Nathan Wynn walked, as did DeMoss and Jameson Robertson drew a two out walk to load the bases. Wynn scored on a passed ball, DeMoss scored on a sacrifice fly by Gage Wilson and Bossard tripled Robertson across the plate and scored on an RBI single by Crall.

The Blue Demons sent six across the plate in the fifth inning. Robertson reached by error, Bossard walked and Crall reached by error and Tein Thiravong reached by a walk. Wynn reached by error, Brand doubled as did Gage Wilson.

In the sixth Albia ran three more runs across the plate as Jaden Hugen provided the big hit scoring Bossard and Crall. Hugen also scored on a fielder’s choice. Brand scored in the seventh on a double by Bossard.

Knoxville scored five runs in the second, five in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Thiravong recorded the win going two and two thirds of an inning allowing three runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one. Edison Goodlow threw three and two thirds innings, allowed 10 runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking five. Gaige Rankin threw two thirds of an inning allowing no runs on no hits striking out one and walking one.

Game two was much more a pitcher’s dual with Albia coming up on the short end 3-2. Luke Bossard went five and one third innings allowing three runs on six hits. Knoxville scored one run in the first and one in the second but Albia was able to use singles by Robertson and Crall as well as two passed balls to tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth. Knoxville managed a run in the bottom of the sixth to score the victory.

Bossard recorded the loss with Rankin in relief going two thirds of an inning allowing no runs on on no hits and striking out one.

Albia moves to 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in the SCC. They faced Chariton on the road Monday night.

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