Knust's big day helps lead Reds to victory

E. Knust

From Herald Staff Reports

While rain interrupted the second game of their Saturday doubleheader, the Jasper Reds started their afternoon with a thrilling victory.

Facing a Nashville Cubs team that entered Saturday afternoon’s contest with a spotless 9-0 record, the Reds scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings at Ruxer Field to rally and defeat the Cubs, 4-3.

Offensively, it was Forest Park alum Eli Knust leading the way as the Reds’ starting catcher had three total hits on the day — two doubles and a single.

Trailing 2-0 for the first four innings of the game, Knust’s RBI double in the sixth inning drove in the go-ahead run and Jasper never looked back after that.

In fact, the Reds had only mustered one hit up until the fifth inning when things started to get going. Ben Lambert started the momentum for Jasper with a solo home run, the Reds’ first longball of the season.

After the Reds took a 4-3 lead going into the final inning, Nashville wasn’t going to go away quietly. Bricen Russell, who was 3-for-3 on the day, kicked in the inning off with a solo homer to pull themselves back within one. However, Bo Daves would shut the door to help keep the Reds a perfect 3-0 on the season.

Daves went the distance as he struck out five and walked two batters in his first appearance of the season.

The Reds will be in action at Ruxer Field again next Sunday where they’ll face Owensboro Hardball in a doubleheader. First game will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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