Rio Grande Baseball Opens Up Gannon’s Season

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The Rio Grande RedStorm (3-7) will travel to Beckley, W.Va .,to take on the Gannon Golden Knights (0-0) of Erie, Penn.

The Golden Knights play their first regular season game Tuesday, after all of their games so far have been cancelled due to inclement weather. Gannon will play against West Virginia Tech first at 1 p.m., then against the RedStorm immediately after.

According to Rio Grande manager, Brad Warnimont, Anthony Knittel will get the start on the mound to try to get his RedStorm back on track after the team dropped three of its last four games.

Knittel has been a utility player for Rio Grande, getting some time at third base as well as pitcher. He is a leader for the team in batting with 10 hits and five RBIs.

Warnimont will need continued production from infielder Kevin Arroyo, who has stolen three bases so far this season, and Marcus Makuch, who hit one of the team’s three home runs and has a .368 batting average to lead the team.

The Golden Knights will be trying to shake off the rust from their extended offseason and play up to speed with these teams that already have their season in full swing.

It could be tough for Gannon coming in cold, especially with the departure of redshirt senior pitcher Shayne Herold. Herold was named an NAIA Division-II All-American last year with the Golden Knights.