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Knights withstand final De Soto threat

FARMINGTON – A notable outing for Ryan Propst fueled the Farmington baseball team past De Soto 3-1 on Wednesday.

Propst pitched 6 2/3 innings while facing 30 batters and recording five strikeouts. He also notched the only RBI offensively for the Knights on a ground out in the first inning.

Jacob Bone entered to pitch for Farmington (3-2) with two outs after Propst allowed consecutive hits in the seventh inning. The first was a double by De Soto left fielder Clayton Snudden.

Bone faced center fielder Craig Theiss with runners at the corners, and struck him out swinging to earn the save.

Bone started the game in center field for the Knights and tracked down a deep fly ball along the warning track in the fourth.

He followed that gem by catching a pop-up and making a pinpoint throw to third for a double play to conclude the fifth inning.

Farmington redeemed itself after falling 9-8 this past Saturday to the Dragons as part of the Old Settlement Tournament.

Cole Turman posted the lone RBI for De Soto (2-2) by reaching on an error as Snudden crossed the plate in the first inning.

Alex Palmer took advantage of a wild pitch by Dragons starter Hunter Canada by scampering home with the tying run during the home half.

Hunter Pierce was driven in by Propst later in the first, and Farmington held a 2-1 advantage until the bottom of the fifth.

Brock McLeod walked for the Knights and advanced to second on a deep fly ball before Brayden Moon replaced him as a courtesy runner.

Moon crossed home plate following another wild pitch from Canada, which increased the Farmington lead to 3-1.

Canada struck out three through six innings while facing 26 batters in the loss.

De Soto threatened to knot the score in the sixth frame, but Mason Nunnally struck out looking with two runners in scoring position.

Propst closed out four separate innings for the Knights with strikeouts, leaving six opposing runners on base.

The Dragons outhit Farmington 7-4 in defeat. The Knights will play Cape Central at home on Thursday.

Farmington senior Gunner LaBrot (24) receives a ball from center field and tags out DeSoto second baseman Cole Koch (1) at third base to complete a double play and close the top of the fifth inning on Wednesday.

Farmington senior Gunner LaBrot (24) receives a ball from center field and tags out DeSoto second baseman Cole Koch (1) at third base to complete a double play and close the top of the fifth inning on Wednesday.

Farmington pitcher Jacob Bone (2) celebrates with catcher Chad Silvey (8) after recording the game-ending strikeout in a 3-1 victory over De Soto on Wednesday.

Farmington pitcher Jacob Bone (2) celebrates with catcher Chad Silvey (8) after recording the game-ending strikeout in a 3-1 victory over De Soto on Wednesday.

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