Elks score early, can’t hang on in loss to Cougars

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Elk­ton strung to­gether seven hits and four runs dur­ing the first in­ning of its Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion base­ball bat­tle with vis­it­ing Fall­ston on Fri­day.

The Elks, how­ever, were un­able to repli­cate their gameopen­ing out­burst the re­main­der of the way, pro­duc­ing no more than two hits in any of the fol­low­ing in­nings in a 11-6 loss to the Cougars.

“We’re get­ting good at-bats, get­ting good swings on it. We’re just not get­ting enough guys in an in­ning to do that. We’re get­ting two to three guys on, but the next guy pops up and ends the in­ning,” Elk­ton coach Josh Lebrun said. “We’re get­ting a lot of good at-bats, but we’re not string­ing enough to­gether to put some runs across the plate.”

Dur­ing Elk­ton’s four-run first in­ning, Kyle Spencer scored on a Solomon Har­ris sin­gle, Nick Greg­son scored on a throw­ing er­ror and Troy Cher­waty drove in a pair of runs with a sin­gle to cen­ter to make the score 4-0.

Fall­ston stormed back in the top

ELK­TON—

of the sec­ond in­ning with three runs, scor­ing two runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks and an A.J. Gib­bons sac­ri­fice fly. They then took the lead in the top of the third with three more runs, charg­ing ahead 6-4 fol­low­ing run-scor­ing hits by Bryce Lo­gan, Bryce Sperl and Blake Leone.

The Elks (4-9 over­all, 3-8 divi­sion) re­sponded with a run in the bot­tom of the third when Har­ris scored on a Cher­waty sin­gle, but it would be the clos­est they would get the rest of the game as Fall­ston (6-6, 5-6) scored three runs in the top of the fourth to make the score 9-5.

“There were a cou­ple plays that we could have made some plays on or played a lit­tle bet­ter off of,” Lebrun said of his team’s de­fense. “They hit it all over the field, right in the gaps ev­ery time. We could not have the same luck go­ing.”

In the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning, Elk­ton made it a three-run game when An­thony Alexander scored on a Nate Bakeoven sin­gle. Later in the in­ning, the Elks got the ty­ing run to the plate with two outs but did not score as the frame ended with a ground­out.

Fall­ston added sin­gle runs in the fifth and sixth in­nings to put the game out of reach.

Har­ris went 2-4 with two runs and an RBI while Chewty went 2-4 with three RBIs for Elk­ton.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Pitcher Solomon Har­ris de­liv­ers for Elk­ton dur­ing his team’s 11-6 loss to vis­it­ing Fall­ston in Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion base­ball ac­tion on Fri­day.

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