Tigers storm back to stun Co­bras

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Trail­ing Har­ford Tech by two runs en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning, Ris­ing Sun tran­si­tioned to a more ag­gres­sive ap­proach at the plate, de­cid­ing to at­tack the first pitch of the at bat.

That adjustment paid off for the Tigers as they crossed the plate three times in the frame, in­clud­ing the win­ning run off the bat of Asher Slo­man, to storm past the visiting Co-

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bras and earn a 5-4 vic­tory in Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion base­ball action Mon­day afternoon.

“They were very ag­gres­sive at the plate. We told them to look for a first pitch pitch fast­ball,” Ris­ing Sun coach Clyde Van Dyke said. “They got it and jumped on it.”

The Tigers (6-8 over­all, 5-7 di­vi­sion) trailed 4-2 when Jake Keane led off the frame by reach­ing first on a dropped third strike. He then moved to sec­ond on Noah Juer­gens’s one-out sin­gle, be­fore mov­ing up a base, along with Juer­gens, when Jack Stewart pro­duced a sac­ri­fice fly.

Casey Baker then fol­lowed his coach’s ad­vice and at­tacked a first pitch fast­ball, rock­et­ing it down the left field line for a dou­ble, driv­ing in Keane and Juer­gens to tie the game at 4-4.

“I was just look­ing for a first pitch fast­ball, and that’s what he gave me. I just did what I al­ways do, which is fun­da­men­tals,” Baker said. “I just went down the line.”

Slo­man fol­lowed and swung at a first pitch of­fer­ing from Josh Hucke and rock­eted a sin­gle to right field that scored Baker from sec­ond to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

Keane then re­tired the Co­bras in the top of the sev­enth to se­cure the vic­tory for Ris­ing Sun, which won con­sec­u­tive games for the first time this sea­son. The Tigers hope the win is a sign that their early-sea­son strug­gles have come to an end.

“Well, we’ve been strug- gling lately. I know we have in­di­vid­ual tal­ent. We just need to bond to­gether. We had a good game to­gether. It was a good game,” Slo­man said. “It feels re­ally good. I feel like we all have more con­fi­dence. I think we all have to prove our­selves be­fore play­offs come around. I think we’ll be okay.”

Ris­ing Sun scored a pair of runs in the bot­tom of the first in­ning to take an early lead. With run­ners on sec­ond and third, Keane had an in­field sin­gle that drove in Phil Lyons. Derek Schoff also scored from sec­ond base on the play on a throw­ing er­ror.

Har­ford Tech (5-9, 3-8) got one run back in the sec­ond when Justin Klin­gel­hofer scored on a Will Weaver ground­out. The Co­bras then took the lead in the third with three runs, in­clud­ing two on a home run by Blake Mel­chior.

Keane picked up the win as he gave up four runs, three earned, on nine hits with five strike­outs and three walks.

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