By Paul Miller
Knightly News Co-Adviser
In what turned out to be the season finale for the Central Penn Knights Men’s Baseball team, the squad was victorious over the Manor College Blue Jays 8 – 5 at Lawton Field in Harrisburg.
Gabe Arellano was the Knightly News Player of the Game going 2 – 2 with two doubles and an RBI, reaching base four times and scoring a run. Jerry Biller III was 2 – 3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.
Luis Padilla Jr. (2 – 2) picked up the win while allowing five runs and nine hits over 7 innings. Padilla only allowed one hit in innings 2 – 6 and helped the Knights claw back into the game after giving up three runs in the first inning.
Aaron Gress came on in the eighth inning and struck out two over the final two innings to pick up the save, his first on the season.
Arellano discussed the game in a postgame interview with Knightly News President Brian Christiana, “(The win) felt good. All of the seniors are leaving now, so that is kind of sad. But it felt good and it was a team win.”
This summer Arellano will be playing in the Puerto Rico Collegiate Summer Baseball League (PRCSBL). He will be there for parts of June and July, with his ultimate goal being to play at the professional level after graduation.
The Central Penn Knights finished the season at 16 – 13, winning 14 of their final 17 games, while the Manor College Blue Jays fell to 2 – 21.
The Knights were not selected for the USCAA Small College World Series, despite having a solid record and an amazing finish to the season.
For Manor College, while the season didn’t go to plan in the record books, head coach Jose Toledo should be proud of his players and the effort they gave in this contest. This was the first season for Manor College Baseball.
The Knightly News Media Club was honored to have the opportunity to stream four Knights baseball games and looks forward to the opportunity to work with the baseball team next season, as well as other sports on campus.