by Barry Miller
After a brilliant 19-1 regular season, the Pyramid Senior American Legion champion Clinton Knights came to Moody Park hoping to continue their winning ways in the Southern District playoffs Tuesday afternoon.
The outlook looked sunny after Andrew Westlin, batting with an open stance, led off the second with an opposite-field homer over the 330-foot sign to give Clinton a 1-0 lead.
However, after a raging 11-run fifth-inning tsunami by the 24-time state champion Brooklawn Bulldogs keyed a seven-inning mercy rule shortened 18-4 defeat, the Knights went home feeling the Moody blues.
Now having to win to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament, the Knights return to Moody Park for a 4 p.m. game Thursday in the losers' bracket.
All nine starting players for Brooklawn scored at least one run and all but one got at least one hit and one run batted in.
With the temperature in the mid-90s, Clinton starter Sean Keselica was lifted after four innings with the Knights trailing 6-1. Only one of the six Brooklawn hits off of him was hit hard.
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