Lee Academy’s baseball season came to an end with an 11-5 loss at Marshall Academy Wednesday, April 28.
The Colts (11-12) lost the series 2-0 and were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. Lee swept Carroll Academy 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Lee coach Brock McKnight praised his team’s effort all season.
“Since the beginning, we started meeting in October when football was over with and we started building the mindset of it’s not about you, it’s about us, finding a way to win, being more mentally strong than everybody else,” McKnight said. “We ran against a good baseball team in Marshall. They knew we were there from the moment we showed up, the moment they showed up. They knew it was going to be tough.
“Hats off to them. Hope they play well. Hope they can win a state championship this year. Bruce Branch is a great guy. Nothing but respect for them.
“We played very well. Very happy how we played and how we competed all year long. I’m excited about the future.”
Game 2 against Marshall Academy was tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth.
Ryan Mooney took the loss for Lee. The righty surrendered nine runs on nine hits over four and two-thirds innings, striking out three. James Chicorelli went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Lee in hits.
Graydon Gullick, Chris Butler, Luke Crumpton, Ethan Dalton, Russell Cook, Jackson Spinks, Andrew Williamson and Chandler wells are the seniors.
“The seniors, what they’ve been able to do in the four years I’ve been here has been unreal,” McKnight said. “They get here and they showed all the young kids how we handle things and how we handle our business and how we compete and how we play. It’s just kind of the mindset that’s carried over each year. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”
Lee will have nine juniors on next year’s roster along with several seventh through ninth graders.