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.