BELOIT - The Beloit Memorial baseball team is young and banged up.
Not exactly a great combination for a team to compete in the rugged Big Eight Conference.
The Purple Knights took it on the chin again Tuesday afternoon at the Stateline Family YMCA Youth Sports Complex, losing 9-0 to Madison East.
The defeat dropped the Knights to 1-8 overall. It was the seventh straight loss for the Knights, and the team has been out-scored 94-21 in their last six games.
After a scoreless first inning Tuesday, things fell apart immediately for the Knights in the second, with the end result being seven Purgolder runs and a home dugout full of long faces.
Beloit Memorial head coach Tyree Gamble said the team has to handle adversity a little better.
"We're very young and we've suffered a lot of injuries," Gamble said. "At one point we had six guys who were hurt. As a result, we've had to play some younger guys. There's a lot to learn when you're a freshman or sophomore, and we play in a very tough conference. We have a lot of mental lapses. That's our biggest issue right now.
"Right now our focus has to be to play the game hard every day. That way we know we're all on the same page."
Gamble said the Knights' ability to keep a positive mindset will be a key to their success for the remainder of the season.
"With young guys like this, we have to stay positive," Gamble said. "Granted, they are young, but they have done a lot of positive things this year. We just have to work on the mentality that we have to continue to work for the entire two hours, or however long the game takes."
JD Dixon threw a scoreless first inning, and had two outs and the bases loaded in a 0-0 game in the second before the roof caved in.
A single by Zach Hanser scored two runs, and a triple by Tyler Owen scored two more.
The next four hitters reached before the inning mercifully came to a close, the damage done.
The seven runs of support were more than enough for Adrian Montilva, who struck out 10 Knight and allowed just one hit in four scoreless frames.
"That's the best pitcher we've seen all season," Gamble said. "Him and the guy from Craig. He was really tough on us."
Bernard Klespis-Wick was a bright spot for the Knights, allowing just a single unearned run in 2 2-3 innings.
"I was very pleased with Bernard tonight," Gamble said. "He gave us a few innings that we needed. JD's pitch count was really getting high and we needed someone to come in and eat some innings and he did well."
Shortstop Corbin Ovist finished with two of Beloit's three hits. Ovist said the team has been frustrating at times.
"As a captain, you do your best to try and lead by staying positive, pitch-by-pitch," Ovist said. "If they make a mistake, tell them it's OK. But it does get kind of hard when people aren't listening to what you are saying. It starts in practice. We have to take reps in practice like they are live in the game. If you don't do that, it shows up in the game, and that's what's been happening to us."
• UP NEXT: The Knights will play the same Purgolders Thursday in Madison.
BELOIT MEMORIAL 3,MADISON MEMORIAL 0
MADISON EAST 070 010 1 -- 9
BELOIT MEMORIAL 000 000 0 -- 0
Pitchers; BMHS, Dixon 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO); Klespis-Wick 2.2, 2, 1, 0, 0, 1. Flanagan: 2, 2, 1, 1, 0, 1.
East: Montilva: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 SO. Andersom: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO. Owen: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO.
Leading hitters: East: Hanser 2x4, 2 RBI; BMHS: Ovist 2x4.