Back to back champs! The Knights defended their championship defeating the Flying Squirrels 5-0 to claim their 2nd consecutive Federal Baseball League Championship. Kinney was masterful on the mound, throwing an efficient 96 pitch complete game shut-out. Warfield kicked off the scoring for the Knights in the 2nd inning, blasting a huge 2-out stand-up double scoring Denevi and Bess. The Knights would add another run to go ahead 3-0. The Shockers tried to make a game out of it, but could never get the bats going. The Shockers first two batters reached base in the top of the 9th, but were quickly shut down as Kinney snagged a line drive and caught the runner off of first.
Championship Game Highlights
Season Ending Stats / Notes:
- The Knights ended the season 17-5-3 on a 10-game winning streak.
- McDonald and Burgess powered the offense batting .444 and .442 respectively.
- Kinney was the Knight’s workhouse on the mound collecting 6 wins and throwing 76 innings.
- Knights rookie Nibert led the team with 17 walks and had an OBP of .474.
- Cameron earned a W and S in the same game.
- Jang ended the season with a 14 game hitting streak.
- McMahon is an excellent 3rd base coach and human.
- Team ERA: 3.62
- Team BA: .307
- Team OBP: .422
- Team OPS: .790
The DC Knights faced off against the Flying Squirrels in game 1 of a best of three series looking to mark the 3rd time in league history a team has won back to back championships. The Flying Squirrels jumped to an early 1-0 lead, but as usual, the Knights responded quickly adding 1 run in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd. The Squirrels tried to make things interesting by scoring 2 runs in the 6th, but the Knights responded with 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead 8-3. Cameron came in for the final 2 2/3 innings, completely dominating the Flying Squirrels. McDonald had a huge day at the plate collecting 4 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBI, while Jang extended his hitting streak to 12 games. The Knights look to claim another Fed Ball Championship on Saturday!
In a rematch of their 3rd round game, the Knights re-matched the Shockers. Both teams took turn scoring runs in the first two innings leaving the score 2-2. The Shockers answered back with 3 runs in the 5th to go ahead 5-2. The Knights continued to battle, forcing the Shocker’s pitcher to throw a lot of pitches. The Knights grinding at bats eventually paid off as the Knights scored 6 runs in the 7th and 5 runs in the 8th to win convincingly 13-5. Kinney went 6 strong innings and Cameron completely shut down the Shockers through the final 3 frames. McDonald led the offense with 3 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI.
The Knights returned to action for the 3rd round of the play-offs against the Shockers. The Shockers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the Knights answered back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Burgess hit a monster 3- run home to put the Knights back on top. Leading 6-2 headed into the top of the 7th, the Knights made 2 uncharacteristic errors that allowed the Shockers to tie the game. The Knights showed their true grit and determination by responding with 2 runs in the 8th inning. Bess led off the inning with a walk and was followed by a Yee single. Alvarez was walked and Denevi was hit by a pitch to put the Knights back in the lead. Pinch hitter Nibert drew a tough bases loaded walk to give the Knights a 8-6 lead that they would never give up. Alvarez closed out the final 3 innings in dominant fashion. This game was highlighted be several outstanding defensive plays. Bess threw 2 guys out at home plate and Kinney made a tremendous play from the deep hole at short stop. Yee lead the offense with 3 hits and 3 runs.
The Knights won their first play off game over the Brewers by a score of 11-2. The game was close for the first 6 innings with the Knights clinging to a 2-1 lead. The Knights blew things open in the 7th and 8th innings adding 9 runs. The Knights were backed by a strong pitching performance from Kinney who struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings. Newell came in for relief and shut the door on any chance of a comeback. Hernandez led the offense going 3-3 with a walk.
The Knights won for the 5th time in a row, battling the heat and Washington Patriots to finish in 2nd place in the Federal Baseball League. Like last week, the Knights fell behind, but found a way to battle back. The Patriots jumped out to a 1-0 lead off starting pitcher Calil. The lead was short lived as Warfield singled and eventually scored on a Nibert hit by a pitch. The Patriots scored 3 more in the top of the 3rd, but were again tied by the in the bottom half. Hernandez singled, Bonnet walked, Blevins was hit by a pitch and McMahon lined a single, scoring Hernandez and Bonnet. Nibert closed out the scoring, driving in another run on a walk. Newcomer Chad Newell relieved Calil in the 3nd inning and pitched well, giving up 1 earned run in 3.67 innings. The defense gave up 3 unearned runs in the top of the 5th, but the resilient Knights again came back in the bottom half. Yee lined a 2-run double into the gap to get the Knights within 1. Hernandez and Bonnet walked and Warfield hit a line drive single to center to give the Knights the lead. Hernandez came into pitch the final innings, giving up 1 unearned run. As the time-limit was nearing, the Knights headed into the bottom of the 7th, tied 7-7. Yee drew a lead off walk and moved to 2nd on a steal. Yee stole 3rd base and scored on an over throw. The Knights added another run off a Warfield double before time ran out. The Knights finished the regular season 12-5-3, and head into the playoffs as the #2 seed.
The Knights came back to beat the Brewers 6-5 in a back and forth game that saw multiple lead changes. Hernandez started the game for the Knights, shutting down the Brewers through 5 innings. Hernandez struggled through the 6th inning as temperatures approached triple digits, giving up 3 runs. The Knights came back in the bottom half of the inning to re-take the lead. Yee hit a 2-out 2 run double tying the game and scored on a single by Bess. Steve Cameron shut down the Brewers in the 7th and 8th, but gave up 2 unearned runs due to 2 infield errors. The Knights refused to quit and The Knights battled back in the bottom of the 9th. Nibert drew a 1-out walk, followed by a hit by pitch by Denevi. Woody Jang lined a single to load the bases, setting the stage for Warfield. Warfield walked it off for the Knights hitting a single past the shortstop. The Knights head into the final regular season game tied for 2nd place in the league.
Kinney, Hernandez, and Warfield each contributed 3 hits, powering the Knights past the NOVA Gridlock 7-2. Adam Redd came out of retirement to support the Knights and ended the game 1-3 with 1 RBI. Kinney pitched 8 innings, giving up 1 ER, while striking out 9. All around team victory from the Knights who are peaking as the play-offs approach.
The DC Knights improved to 9-5-3 on the season with a 6-3 win over the Oakton Orioles. The Knights swept the season series against the Orioles 3-0. The Knights were backed by solid pitching from Kinney and Hernandez. Kinney got the win, giving up 3 runs over 6 innings. Hernandez pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save. The offense was led by McDonald and Bess who combined for 5 hits and 6 RBI. The Knights return to action next weekend against the Gridlock and Brewers where they look to secure a 2nd place play-off seed and first round bye.
The DC Knights returned to the win column with a 6-0 win over the NOVA Gridlock. Burgess and Kinney combined for 6 hits, 2 runs, and 3 RBI to lead the scoring. Hernandez pitched a complete game, shutting down the the Gridlock in a rain shortened 6 inning game.
The Washington Wood Ducks scored 5 runs off starter Nick Pack and never looked back, pouring on the runs en-route to a 14-2 victory. Alex Nibert knocked in 2 runs late in the game to get the Knights on the board.
Raf Hernandez pitched a masterful 5 scoreless innings, striking out 7 and walking none. The offense only managed 5 hits, but manufactured 4 runs. Steve Cameron pitched the final 2 innings, giving up no runs and earning the save. Jay McEvoy led the offense, reaching base 3 times, scoring 1 run and knocking in one run. In Game 2, the Knights lead 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the 7th, but could not hold the lead as the Senators tied the game before the game was called due to time.
The DC Knights scored 14 runs in 7 innings, but still nearly lost. It was the rain’s fault. The Knights held on to beat the Patriots 14-13. The Knights bats came alive for 17 hits and 14 runs, but the rain gods were angry. On what was supposed to be a gorgeous Father’s Day Sunday, the rain gods decided that if the Knights were playing, it would rain. The rain gods punished the Knights by allowing 11 Patriots to cross the plate in the bottom of the 7th inning. Steve Cameron pitched 2 scoreless relief innings in the 2nd and 3rd, but was called back into record the final out of the game with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Many people hit the ball well today. Look at the box score. Zach Silverman rejoined the DC Knights and hit a double.
For the second game in a row, the Knights and Flying Squirrels played baseball in the middle of a rain storm. The game was actually close, 2-1 headed into the 5th inning, but then things fell apart after that. The Knights lost 9-3. It was the rain’s fault. Bryan Bess had two hits to continue his hot hitting.
The DC knights tied 6-6 with the Flying Squirrels on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The Knights and Flying Squirrels managed to get in 6 innings of baseball despite the constant rain and intermittent deluges. The Knights jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but the Squirrels pulled within 1 from two 2 run home runs. Ralph Hernandez pitched 4+ innings and gave up 6 runs. Wyatt Kinney pitched the final 1.67 innings to secure the tie. The Knights offense was led by Burgess who had 3 hits.
The DC Knights returned to the win column with a convincing 10-5 victory over the Ballston Brewers. The Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead that was kicked off by a 2 RBI ground-rule double from Austin Burgess. The Knights added 2 more in the 4th inning from two 2-out RBI singles by Hernandez and Yee. The Brewers tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but the tie was short lived. Casey McDonald blasted a majestic 2 out 3-run home run to put the Knights back on top. The Knights added insurance runs in the 6th and 8th inning. Pak and Alvarez pitched the final 3 innings and shut down the Brewers. Burgess, McDonald, Hernandez and Yee lead the offense with 3 hits a piece and combined for 9 RBI.
10 innings of baseball was not enough to determine a winner between the DC Knights and Washington Patriots. After good pitching and defense from both teams, the Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 5th inning. The Patriots tied the game in the 7th, but the Knights retook the lead 7-3 in the top of the 8th. The Knights were unable to close out the game with the Patriots scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Wyatt Kinney pitched a tough 8 1/3 innings of baseball on a hot 90 degree afternoon. Kinney was backed by solid defense and timely hitting, but the Patriots were able to battle back and salvage a tie.
The Knights got back into the win column defeating the Oakton Orioles 6-2. The game was close throughout the first 7 innings with the Knights holding a 1-0 lead thanks to a Casey McDonald RBI single. Randall Blevins was hit by a pinch with the bases loaded which kicked off the scoring in the 8th. The Knights added 4 more insurance runs in the 8th inning to cap off the night. Cal Snyder pitched 8 strong innings behind a flawless defensive effort by the Knights. Snyder gave up 2 runs while striking out 6 and walking 3.
The Knights lost 4-3 and 7-1 to the Arlington Shockers. Game 1 was a back and forth battle. The Knights came back from a 2-1 deficit to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 7th, but could not close out the victory. The game went into extra innings and the Shockers strung together a handful of hits against Wyatt Kinney who took the loss for the Knights. Ralph Hernandez pitched 6 innings and gave up 2 ER. Bryan Bess lead the offense with 2 hits.
Coming off a disappointing loss in game 1 the Knights came out flat against the Shockers, losing 7-1. The Shockers went up 1-0 in the top of the first off of a solo home run and never lost the lead. Wyatt Kinney gave the Knights a chance to win, giving up 3 ER through 6 innings, but the Knights bats were quiet, managing only 2 hits through the first 6 innings. The Knights have Memorial Day weekend off.
The Knights swept the DC Trash Pandas in a doubleheader 8-0 and 11-2. In Game 1, Cal Snyder picked up the win after grinding through 5 tough innings. Snyder was backed by solid defense and pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the 3rd inning. The offense was led by Bryan Bess who had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. David Rinehart pitched the final 2 innings to close out the win.
In Game 2, the Knights overcame an early 2 run deficit to beat the Trash Pandas 11-2. The offense scored 3 runs in the 4th inning and never looked back, racking up 8 runs over the final 3 innings. Wyatt Kinney pitched a complete game, giving up 0 ER, striking out 8, while only walking 1. Tim Denevi and Casey McDonald led the offense with 2 hits a piece. The Knights return to action next Sunday against the Ballston Brewers.
The Knights overcame a late 4-0 deficit to force extra innings, but ultimately fell short on a 2 out 2 strike walk off single in the bottom of the tenth. Raf Hernandez battled through 5 tough innings giving up 2 ER, while Nick Pak and Wyatt Kinney pitched the remaining 5 innings giving up only 1 run. The offense struggled early in the game, mustering only 3 hits through the first 6 innings, but the bats came alive in the 7th inning scoring 3 runs with 2 outs. The inning was capped off by a Raf Hernandez 2 run double. Collin McMahon walked with 2 outs in the top of the 8th and scored the tying run on a pass ball. Casey McDonald led the offense with 2 base hits and 2 stolen bases. The Knights will be back in action next week in a doubleheader against the DC Trash Pandas.
The Knights started off the 2019 season with a solid victory over the Oakton Orioles in a rematch of the 2018 championship. The Knights were down early after an Oriole solo homerun in the top of the 1st inning. In response, the Knights offense went to work early driving in 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st highlighted by Adam Warfield’s towering double to right field. From there, the Knight’s pitching and defense took over. Cal Snyder pitched 3 solid innings allowing 1 run and striking out 5. Wyatt Kinney threw 5 innings of of shutout baseball while striking out 7 and earning his first victory of the season. Dan Alvarez came on in the 9th inning and shut down the Orioles to seal the victory. Raf Hernandez also led the Knights at the plate with 2 hits and some crafty base running. The Knights will be back in action next weekend against the Wood Ducks.