Through lightning and rain delays, Knights capture first win

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Alex St Gelais delivers a pitch to home plate during the Knights’ 7-6 win over the Douglas Cats June 21.

Eddie Poe

After a number of weather delays, first due to lightning and then rain, the Glenrock Legion Post 9 Knights were closing in on a four hour game. The second game of a doubleheader with the Douglas Cats still awaited them.
Just moments later, under the lights at their home field at Glenrock High School, the Knights retired the Cats for the final out of the game and embraced each other in celebration.
“I haven’t seen most of those boys fired up like that since last year,” Knights pitcher Alex St Gelais said. “Feeling that energy from everyone, it was amazing.”
The Knights held on to beat the Cats 7-6 for their first win of the season June 21.
Coach Allen Jennings has continuously preached to his team that they are the ones who are often defeating themselves. It’s a reminder to the Knights that they’re capable of achieving anything they set themselves to.
“Honestly getting that first win helped us realize that we can do it,” St Gelais said. “We are our own biggest enemies, we get inside our heads and we lose control.”
“When we stay cool, all goes well.”
The right-handed pitcher, and one of the many returning players from last year’s team, is a perfect example of the confidence and hope that the Knights have in one another.
Their first win of the season may seem like the most ideal time to highlight the ways in which Jennings and his team stand for each other, but it’s been clearly visible throughout the season.
“We have grown so much from last year, we’re almost a different team,” St Gelais said. “We are so much more than a close group of guys, we are a family -- every single one of us. We all stand by each other.”
Although the Knights dropped the second game of the doubleheader, sticking it out well into the night, they are optimistic about where the remainder of the season is heading.
And not even in terms of results. They are eager to return to the state tournament -- a great learning experience from last season -- but they are also working each day to improve on the small details. Victories are what most pay attention to, but for this Knights team, the small victories receive just as much of the limelight, and deservingly.
“We want to make it back (there),” St Gelais said. “If not that, to  just come back and win it.”
“If we do what we know we can, we can win.”


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