Knights, Renegades roll into bracket play

Matt Hollinshead,
Thomas Zazzaro of the Nashville Knights gets pumped up in the dugout after scoring a run in the top of the first inning Sunday at Farmington Sports Complex.

FARMINGTON – The Nashville Knights prolonged their potent attack, clobbering the Carolina Vaqueros 14-0 in five innings Sunday at Farmington Sports Complex.

The Knights also ended Pool A action on a high note.

“So far, we seem pretty locked in. We’re swinging the bats really well. I think guys are getting acclimated. They’ve knocked off some rust, some nerves,” said Knights coach Eric Fruechtmeyer.

Lofton Cotton and Thomas Zazzaro tacked on the first two runs for Nashville by darting to home plate after missed fielding chances by the Vaqueros, who hail from Puerto Rico.

After recording back-to-back RBI doubles, the number on the scoreboard kept growing and got out of control fast.

The Knights continued taking advantage of adding runs off missed fielding chances, eventually sending a couple nice shots deep to the wall.

After Jordan Hinshaw scored a run following a delayed throw to second base, Jackson Campbell drove in the Knights’ 10th run with an RBI double in the top of the second inning.

Joshua Issac of the Carolina Vaqueros fires a pitch in the top of the first inning Sunday at Farmington Sports Complex. The Nashville Knights won, 14-0.

The Vaqueros had sequences here and there where they generated a base hit or two, but were unable to build on those moments. Their time in Farmington came to a halt, going winless at the tournament.

“It’s been a good experience for us over here. Eighty percent of our kids, they haven’t been in the World Series before. It’s kind of special for them,” said Vaqueros coach Miguel Mejias.

The other Pool A matchup between the SoCal Renegades and the Grand Rapids Diamonds ended after press time. Visit and the Daily Times sports staff on Twitter for the latest results.

Southern California Renegades 15, Grand Rapids Diamonds 2

The Southern California Renegades wrapped up play in Pool A with a 15-2 win over the Grand Rapids Diamonds tonight at the Farmington Sports Complex.

The Renegades finished pool play unbeaten.

SoCal got multi-RBI performances from Ryan Gaynor, Justin Mazzone and Daniel Martinez. The three combined for eight RBIs while going 9 for 10 at the plate.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.