In­di­ans earn walk-off win over Elks

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

— North East built a three-run lead through five in­nings Thurs­day against vis­it­ing Elkton only to see it evap­o­rate over the next two frames as the Golden Elks tied the con­test in the sev­enth.

The In­di­ans con­tin­ued to bat­tle, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a pair of Elkton mis­cues in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning to es­cape with a 4-3 vic­tory in non-di­vi­sional base­ball ac­tion.

“Keep bat­tling. That’s what I keep stress­ing to the kids. The game is not over un­til the last out is made. That’s what they did. They’ve come a long way since Day One,” North East coach Kevin Brown said. “I feel like we’re play­ing a lit­tle bit better here go­ing to­wards the end of the sea­son and the playoff sit­u­a­tion. We still have room for im­prove­ment.”

With the score at 3-3, the In­di­ans’ Pa­trick O’Brien led of the fi­nal frame with a deep fly to left cen­ter field that was dropped. He then hus­tled on the play to reach sec­ond base.

Af­ter a balk that moved O’Brien to third, Eric Steele hit a hard ground ball to short, but the ball was mis­played, al­low­ing O’Brien to score and give the In­di­ans the vic­tory.

“They made mis­takes, and we had to jump on it. Pat (O’Brien) took sec­ond,” North East’s Colt Price said. “He wasn’t jog­ging along the line. It was the right thing to do, and Eric came up next

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and got the ‘W.’”

Af­ter a score­less open­ing two and half in­nings, the In­di­ans took the lead in the bot­tom of the third with one run. Jack Richard­son led off with a sin­gle, stole sec­ond and scored on Pey­ton Hoskins’ dou­ble to left.

North East (7-6) added one run to its lead in the fourth when Chase Hol­lis­ter scored on a wild pitch. The In­di­ans then made it 3-0 in the fifth when O’Brien scored from sec­ond on a Tyler Robin­son fielder’s choice.

Nick Greg­son started Elkton’s rally when he led off the sixth with a sin­gle and later scored on a two-base throw­ing er­ror. Solomon Har­ris then made it a onerun game at 3-2 when he scored on a Dakota Hodg­son sin­gle.

Elkton (5-10) con­tin­ued to rally in the sev­enth in­ning when Kyle Spencer led off the frame with a dou­ble to left and, af­ter a balk that moved him to third, scored on Nate Bakeoven’s sin­gle to tie the game.

With the win, the In­di­ans grab an all-im­por­tant vic­tory over a county foe and es­tab­lish some mo­men­tum as it heads into the sea­son’s fi­nal stretch.

“It feels re­ally good. We were 0-4 against every­body else [in the county]. It feels good to fi­nally get a win and move for­ward into the play­offs,” O’Brien said. “I think it’s re­ally good be­cause we were hit­ting the ball hard. We have to con­tinue that in the play­offs.

“Ris­ing Sun is next, and it’s al­ways a big game. Hope­fully it con­tin­ues into that.”

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