The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | April 24, 2014
The Fort Knox and Fort Campbell baseball teams will play out another chapter in the military rivalry. The Eagles will host the Army High School World Series this weekend with a double-header between Kentucky's two DoDEA schools.
For the Eagles, the contest represents an opportunity to retain the trophy given to the series winner and get back on the winning side of things after a rough middle portion of the season. The opening game of the double-header will decide which school is considered the World Series champion and the bragging rights that come with it.
"The first game is really the one we want," junior shortstop and pitcher Jon Box said. "That's the one that matters."Games start at noon Saturday, with the second game scheduled to follow at 2:30 p.m. Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, Commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, will throw out the first pitch. In the previous two seasons, the Eagles and Falcons have split four games. The players said this one feels like the ultimate grudge match."I have it on my poster with certain games we have to win. This is one of them," junior third baseman and pitcher Andrew Junek said. "I know they're a good team and they're a lot like us. It'll be a good game."Fort Knox started off the season with a 10-0 win over Shawnee, but has since been mired in a 14-game losing streak since. The Eagles travel to district opponent North Hardin today before the weekend series with Fort Campbell, and hope to continue seeing progress on the field. Head coach Samuel Wilson thinks beating the Falcons would be a big morale booster for his team.