The DCTC Blue Knights continued to show strong offensive power as they wrapped up the Florida road trip with a split in a doubleheader against Cuyahoga.
The Blue Knights win came in the first game with Paul Krebs pitching the entirety of the game, throwing seven strikes, allowing only six hits and four runs, of which only three were earned. Derek Albers had four of seven hits for the team and Alex Hanson-Michelson hit his first home run of the year. Ryan Van Dusen and a double and Brian Hanson added a singe.
In the second game, the sixth inning told much of the story. DCTC held an 11-2 lead after four innings with Cuyahoga adding two in the fifth. In the sixth inning, the Cuyahoga kept the Knights on the field for a long stretch and managed to put 11 runs on the board, ending the inning 15-11 and eventually handing the Blue Knights a loss.
Despite some defensive errors, the Blue Knights offense was strong once again. The team had 15 hits with Derek Albers leading the way, hitting 3-4 and knocking out his first home run of the season with 4 RBI in the game. Hanson-Michelson was also 3-4 in the game with 2 RBI. Hanson also added two hits.
“All in all, we saw some good things this week. I think we have the potential to play very well this year if we continue to work hard,” said head coach Tim Huber.
As the road trip ends, Derek Albers appears as a big hitter for the Blue Knights, currently riding on a seven game hitting streak and batting .591 on the season. Dale Stein Mike Krejci and Ryan Van Dusen also had solid weeks offensively, batting .471, .381 and .381 respectively. As a whole, the Blue Knights ended the trip south with a .345 batting average. On the mound, Paul Krebs, Brandon Amy and Joe Hickey all picked up their first college wins.
The Blue Knights will be back in action on the road March 24 against North Central Missouri and against Des Moines Area Community College on March 25.