Elks score early, can’t hang on in loss to Cougars
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
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.
Pitcher Solomon Harris delivers for Elkton during his team’s 11-6 loss to visiting Fallston in Chesapeake Division baseball action on Friday.