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Contributed photoStorm's Jeremiah Ernst connects with a pitch against the Knights on Tuesday night.
July 11, 2018 11:31 am

GREENPORT — The second place Storm took on the first place Knights on Tuesday night at the Greenport Town Park and came away with a 3-0 victory in Hudson River Collegiate Baseball League action.

It was a pitchers duel between the Knights’ Joe Braim from Southern Vermont College and the Storm’s Connor Connor Christensen from University Of South Carolina Aiken.

Braim pitched seven complete innings, recording five strikeouts, five walks, two hits and three earned runs. Casey Rutkey came on in relief for the Knights, pitching the final two frames, getting two Ks without allowing a hit.

At the dish the Knights George Cox went 1 for 2 with a single and a walk while David Crawford went 2 for 3 with two singles.

Christensen pitched a gem for the Storm with 11 strikeouts, two walks and three hits in eight complete innings. Christensen is leading all pitchers in the HRCBL with a 0.85 ERA. Hard-throwing Adam Hall entered in relief in the ninth, getting one K and one walk.

The Storm’s offense consisted of Jeremiah Ernst, who hit a triple to plate two runners and Derrek DuPont, who hit a single and got an RBI.

“The team played excellent defense tonight. Connor Christensen was dominate on the mound and controlled the game. We got two big hits by Jeremiah and Derrek that put us in position to win,” Storm coach Ed DuPont said.