MOUNT VERNON — The only thing that could slow down the Knox County Royals on Wednesday was a thunderstorm.
The Mount Vernon Post 136/Ashley Post 518 Royals lit up the scoreboard with seven runs in the first inning and two more in the fourth, before Mother Nature lit up the skies in the middle of the fifth. With more than half the game completed, the Royals went into the record books with a rain-shortened 9-3 victory over Zanesville Post 29 at Mount Vernon High School.
“Hitting isn’t a problem for us,” said Royals head coach Mike King. “We can put up runs. I’d like to be more consistent, but we can have some big innings.”
The Royals (10-11) sent 12 batters to the plate in the dynamic first inning, chasing two Zanesville pitchers in the process. Austin Every walked four batters and threw one wild pitch before being replaced by Zak Parmer, who then allowed four hits and walked another batter.
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