Each summer Don Gentile American Legion Post 532G (Westland) baseball coach Greg Burke has scoured the area looking for talent.

Each summer Don Gentile American Legion Post 532G (Westland) baseball coach Greg Burke has scoured the area looking for talent.

In the past, the successful West Jefferson High School baseball team has been a key feeder program for Burke's squad. This summer is no exception.

Roughriders junior Jordan Knight has joined the team and made an immediate impact.

The left-handed pitcher earned the team's first win of the season last Tuesday when he fired a three-hitter against Dublin Post 800J (Jerome) at Westland. Post 532G defeated Post 800J 7-1 and was 1-3 before playing Post 98 (West) last Thursday.

"I was sitting there smiling watching him pitch because everything that he and I talked about -- hitting spots, changing eye location on the batter, making the batter move around to try and hit the ball -- he was doing," Burke said. "Our catcher, Kyle Church, and Jordan worked really well together. I'm trying to teach Jordan the mental part of the game."

"Our team has seemed to actually mesh really well so far," Knight said. "It's different playing with different kids, but it's working out really well. Coach Burke is great, the team is awesome and I think we're going to do really well."

Knight, who also plays first base, helped his cause with a two-run single. Centerfielder Mike Jarrell added two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Knight also benefitted from two double plays from his defense.

Knight has been a key contributor in the West Jefferson program in his two seasons on the varsity, earning second-team in the MSL-Cardinal Division both years.

In Knights' freshman season, West Jefferson finished 28-3 overall and reached the Division III district title game before falling to Bloom-Carroll 2-0.

This past season, the Roughriders were 11-12, falling to fourth-seeded Hartley 13-0 in the second round of the tournament. Knight was 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 11 walks in 36 innings.

"Jordan is a quirky left-hander, and he is a pitcher," Burke said. "I've known a few left-handed pitchers, and they're always a little quirky. They think about life a little bit differently sometimes. Jordan certainly fits that bill.

"He will fit in with us because I have some quirky kids."

Knight also excels on the basketball court, but baseball is his main love.

"I use summer ball as a primer for my fall ball where I play at Ron Golden's Academy down at Cooper Stadium every year," Knight said. "There are a lot of good players that go down there."

Post 532G dropped a 13-10 decision at Post 430A (Hartley) last Wednesday.

Knight had a two-run double as Post 532G nearly erased an early deficit.

"Our pitching let us down," Burke said. "We got ourselves in a 12-3 hole and tried to battle back. We made a couple baserunning mistakes that probably cost us a couple more runs. It wasn't a crisp evening for us."

Post 532W was 0-6 heading into its game against Post 144A (Central Crossing) last Thursday.

Post 532W fell to Hilliard Post 614C (Darby) 9-3 last Wednesday.

Post 532W led 3-2 in the middle innings before Post 614C pulled away in the final two frames, highlighted by a six-run sixth inning.

Brandon King went the distance and also had three hits.

"We battled all the way," 532W coach Mike Simms said. "We had good pitching. Brandon kept us in the game all the way to the end."