Boys Varsity Baseball · Knights end Stars’ season in sectional semis

Delphi – Western Boone wasn’t able to upset third-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic Monday afternoon.

The Knights capitalized on every Western Boone miscue, and starting pitcher Kyle Onken never allowed the Stars’ offense to get going in a 5-0 game.

“Against a tough team, we made some mental mistakes that set us behind in the ballgame,” Western Boone head coach Philip Webb said. “We just weren’t able to turn the page and get going in the right direction from those mistakes. But the kids gave their all, and that’s all I can ask for. The better team won today.”

It is the second-straight year the Knights, a perennial small-school baseball power, ended the Stars’ season in the sectional.

Last year, the Stars held the Knights without a run until the seventh inning in a 3-0 loss.

Webb said both games show a young Western Boone team that they are right there against one of the better teams in the class, but they just have to execute better in key spots.

“We are trying to turn this program around and we are headed in the right direction,” Webb said. “We just have to believe we can get the job done. We aren’t a baseball school, but once we start believing that we can hang with anyone on the field, we are going to start seeing much better outcomes.”

Lafayette Central Catholic took a 2-0 lead three batters into the game on a 2-run homer by Carson Barrett.

The Knights added unearned runs in the third and fourth against Western Boone starter Adam Pratt, and added an insurance run in the seventh.

That run support was enough for Onken, who didn’t allow a Western Boone hit in the game.

The Stars got a walk from Peyton Young in the first, Devin Weakley in the second and Casey Baird in the sixth, but never got a runner to second base.

“He wasn’t doing anything special, but we just didn’t get the job done,” Webb said. “We were a little tardy on a couple of swings early and that set us back in the count. That put us more on his pace fighting back, rather than being aggressive early in the count.”

Pratt took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits in 3 1/3 innings. Tyler Brunty allowed one run in the final 3 2/3 on two hits.

The Stars finish the season 4-20.

“They competed hard all year,” Webb said. “We had adversity all season. We only won a handful of games, but they gave their all every time they stepped on the field and that was the biggest thing I will remember.”