Continuing the Crusade

The Knights played Douglas May 17 (above) and will take on the Cats again Friday.
Ryan Mitchel Collins

The Glenrock Knights Legion Baseball team faced the Rawlins Generals on the road June 30 for a doubleheader. The trip turned out to be a rocky one for the Knights, who dropped both games to the Generals 20-1 and 20-0.

“We just had some good pitching the first game, which got in our heads,” head coach Allen Jennings said. “We kind of struggled at the mound. We had a hard time getting behind on the count, and we just couldn’t dig ourselves out. Once we kind of got frustrated, it carried over up at home plate. We weren’t swinging the bats, we weren’t doing the things that make us successful.”

One of the bright spots for the Knights in the doubleheader against the Generals was the play of pitcher Elias Orozsco, according to Jennings.

“He (Orozsco) showed some pretty good promise,” Jennings said. “He got up there and stayed with it. He got behind in the count, he just went back through his progressions and threw\ hard.”

Next up, the Knights will host a doubleheader against the Douglas Cats Legion B squad at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at GHS. The Knights faced Douglas several times already this season.

“We have a couple boys who are kind of new on the mound,” Jennings said. “We’re going to try and get them some time on the mound and work some of our young guys into the rotation. Try to get some ace’s into places.”

The Knights have been working hard on their hitting, according to the coach. The goal is to come out of the gates swinging against the Cats.

“That’s what we’re hoping do is just jump out on the attack right off the bat,” he said. “And then let our work on the mound do the rest.”

Jennings hopes to work some of his younger team members into the fold during the doubleheader against Douglas to gain valuable experience.

“Just try to work in some of my younger guys who don’t get a lot of playing time,” Jennings said. “Give them an opportunity to showcase some of their skills and see what they can do.”

The Knights are coming down the home stretch of their inaugural season and have only a few games remaining in the season. The doubleheader against Douglas will provide an opportunity for younger players to demonstrate what they will bring to the team in the coming years.

The Knights will be well rested when they face the Cats Friday night, and are hoping to avoid some of the mental mistakes that plagued them against the Generals last week.

“It will be a busy weekend,” Jennings said. “We have Douglas Friday and a scrimmage on Saturday and then we face Wheatland Sunday. Then it’s right back in Douglas Tuesday of next week.”

The Knights moved to 4-14 on the season with the losses to Rawlins, and will look to finish the season strong against their rivals next week.


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