Tigers storm back to stun Cobras
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-
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.