Golden Elks fall short against Huskies


Spe­cial to the Whig

Elk­ton start­ing pitcher Nick Greg­son turned in a strong per­for­mance on the mound de­spite bat­tling frigid con­di­tions against vis­it­ing Pat­ter­son Mill Fri­day af­ter­noon, pitch­ing six strong in­nings.

The Golden Elks could not cap­i­tal­ize on Greg­son’s ef­fort as they were un­able to record the timely hits they needed, even­tu­ally fall­ing to the Hus-


kies in a 3-1 pitch­ers’ duel in Ch­e­sa­peake di­vi­sion base­ball ac­tion.

“I felt good out there. It’s a lit­tle cold out here. It’s tough to get a grip in be­tween in­nings. I was try­ing to go out there and try to give my team a chance at the end,” Greg­son said. “I don’t do any­thing dif­fer­ently ex­cept I pre­pare a lit­tle more, warm- ing up and do more laps. I just try to stay warm be­tween in­nings.”

Greg­son gave up two runs on three hits with seven strike­outs, two walks and a hit bat­ter, but Pat­ter­son Mill found a way to take ad­van­tage of the few times that they did get on base. Steven Spencer led off the top of the third in­ning with a walk and later scored on a Kyle Goudy sin­gle up the mid­dle that gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead. The Golden Elks re­sponded in the bot­tom of the frame when Solomon Harris scored on a Nathan Bakeoven sin­gle to left to knot the con­test.

The tie was short-lived as Pat­ter­son Mill re­gained the lead in the next half in­ning with a two-out rally. Nick Cress was hit by a pitch and moved to sec­ond on a passed ball be­fore cross­ing the plate on Ja­cob Michaels’ sin­gle to cen­ter.

Elk­ton (2-5 over­all, 1-4 di­vi­sion) had a chance to tie the game in the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning when it loaded the bases with two outs. How­ever, it could not get the ty­ing run across as a ground­out ended the threat. The con­clu­sion to the in­ning proved to be a mi­cro­cosm of the game for the Elks.

“A cou­ple of times we hit the ball hard but hit it right at them, and we couldn’t get it through when we needed to,” Elk­ton coach Josh Le­brun said. “We did a good job sit­ting back and driv­ing it the other way. It just didn’t fall our way.”

The Huskies (4-2, 3-1) added an in­sur­ance run in the top of the sev­enth when Todd Campo scored on a Jake Sheesly sin­gle. On the mound, Sheesly and start­ing pitcher Car­son Ue­ber­sax com­bined to al­low one run on six hits with four walks and three strike­outs.

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