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Burgers flirts with no-no, Knights take two from Mabton

For four and two-third innings, Justin Burgers held the Mabton Vikings hitless and was on the verge of throwing a perfect game until the Vikings finally got a hit with two outs in the top of the fifth inning.

The Knights got the next Mabton batter out and SCHS won its first game of a doubleheader 10-0 last Friday.

"Burgers had tremendous control," SCHS Coach Jeff Bosma said. "He was hitting his spots and staying ahead in the count. He's really been pitching well lately."

Burgers (4-2) recorded eight strikeouts, allowing one hit and walking no one.

The Knights got things rolling in the first with two runs but it was the second inning when they really broke out.

Jonathan Beuscher walked to start the inning and then Aaron Van de Graaf singled. That was followed by Matt Haak walking to load the bases with one out. John Bosma doubled and drove in two runs and then Jake Bosma walked, which reloaded the bases. Cole Van de Graaf then singled and that brought in two more runs for a 6-0 lead.

After a scoreless third inning, Matt Haak reached base on an error to start the fourth. John Bosma then singled and his cousin Jake got an infield single to load the bases. Cole Van de Graaf singled and drove in Haak. Brandon DeVries then walked and Luke Meininger singled, which drove in Jake Bosma. Burgers hit a sacrifice fly ball that scored Van de Graaf and Buescher singled in DeVries.

Aaron Van de Graaf went 2-for-4 in the game and John Bosma was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jake Bosma hit 2-for-2 with an RBI. Cole Van de Graaf was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and Meininger was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

In the second game the Knights continued their domination.

John Bosma (5-3) started the game on the mound for the Knights and he held the Vikings to two hits, striking out eight batters and walking two.

The Knights did the bulk of their scoring in the first two innings.

In inning number one, Aaron Van de Graaf walked and then Haak doubled. John Bosma also doubled, which brought home Van de Graaf. Cole Van de Graaf then doubled, driving in Haak and Bosma. DeVries then singled, which drove in Cole Van de Graaf for a 4-0 lead.

The Vikings scored one run in the top of the second but the Knights put the game away in the bottom of the second.

SCHS's Joey Higginbotham doubled with one out. Aaron Van de Graaf then singled, followed by Haak's single to load the bases. John Bosma then doubled which sent Higginbotham and Van de Graaf home. A passed ball enabled Haak to go home and also advanced Bosma, who scored on another passed ball for an 8-1 lead.

The Knights took a 10-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Aaron Van de Graaf went 3-for-3 with three runs, three stolen bases and a double. He now has 27 stolen bases on the year and a .557 batting average.

John Bosma hit 2-for-2 in the game with four RBIs. Bosma is leading the Knights this season with 23 RBIs.

Matt Haak finished 2-for-3 in the game with three runs and a double.

This was SCHS's sixth straight league victory. "We're playing our best ball at the right time," Coach Bosma said.

SCHS (8-4, 11-8) will have to wait until Tuesday to find out who they will play next Saturday in the District tourney. The third place Knights will take on the second place team, to be decided when LaSalle plays Riverside Christian this Tuesday.

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