NORTH EAST, MD -- The Knights advanced to its fourth consecutive NJCAA Region XX Division II semifinal yesterday after upset wins against Garrett College and Cecil College, the No. 5 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.
The Knights (14-29) entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed after going 5-11 in the division this season and are now in position to defend its 2016 championship.
Knights 11 Lakers 5
Franco Velasquez (Felix Varela) started against Garrett and pitch well over five innings to get the win. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking three.
Caleb Smith (Parkville, Md.) came on in relief in the sixth with the Knights ahead 4-3 and threw four innings for the save.
Smith gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Lewis went 3-for-5 from the lead off spot, including a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. He also drew two walks, reaching base five times in six plate appearances.
Fyffe was 2-for-5 with a double, three RBIs, a run scored and walked twice.
Husar had his best game of the season, going 2-for-6 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Knights 10 Seahawks 8
CCBC Essex played Cecil just 30 minutes after the conclusion of its first game of the day and held on for a two-run victory.
Feliz started, going 6 1/3 and gave up six earned runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking four.
Montanez handled the final 2 2/3 for the save. He allowed two earned on five hits and struck out one.
JD Bruck (Bel Air) was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Bruck's biggest hit was a three-run homer in the top of the eighth as the Knights clung to a 7-6 lead. His shot put Essex ahead by four and they would not relinquish the lead.
Lewis continued his assault on opposing pitchers in the tournament, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Husar, Van Horn and Tony Valdes (Oak Ridge) combined to go 4-for-12 and each had an RBI.
Next up for the Knights
The Knights will now enter the double elimination semifinal round of the tournamented and are scheduled to play host Frederick Community College on Friday at 1:00 p.m.
CCBC Essex has not yet announced its starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Cougars.
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