Ce­cil Se­niors re­bound with win over Anne Arun­del

Cecil Whig - - & - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Ce­cil County’s Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball team took the field in the first game of a dou­ble­header against Anne Arun­del County Amer­i­can Le­gion Satur­day af­ter­noon look­ing to re­cover from a frus­trat­ing loss ear­lier in the week in which its of­fense fell silent.

This time they came with a bet­ter ap­proach, jump­ing out to an early lead to aid a strong pitch­ing per­for­mance from Mike Mo­ran as the Ce­cil Se­niors rolled to a 7-2 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Ad­mi­rals.

“It all be­gan with the ar­rival to the park. They came here to­day


with a bet­ter at­ti­tude. They came ready to play, and it showed. I was re­ally proud of the guys,” man­ager Jim Martz said. “We re­bounded from a very tough loss—a 2-0 loss to Dun­dalk—not only with their play, but their at­ti­tude.”

Ce­cil (4-2) scored runs in each of the first three in­nings to take con­trol of the game, start­ing with a pair of runs in the bot­tom of the first. Bren­nan Martz drove in Lee Smith with a dou­ble for the first run, be­fore scor­ing on a wild pitch.

In the next in­ning, Solomon Har­ris scored on a Smith sin­gle and Owen Null scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

Nick Greg­son then crossed the plate in the third in­ning when Vic- tor Norris sin­gle in the third.

The Ad­mi­rals scored two un­earned runs in the top of the fifth to cut Ce­cil’s lead to 5-2. It marked the only runs that Mo­ran sur­ren­dered, as he gave up just a pair of hits while strik­ing out nine and walk­ing one over six in­nings.

Mo­ran noted after­wards he found suc­cess mix­ing up his pitches and vary­ing his re­lease point.

“I felt good. I was able to throw a lot of strikes, my off-speed pitches were break­ing re­ally well and my fast­ball out­side had a lot of tail to it,” Mo­ran said.

Har­ris drove in Ce­cil’s fi­nal two runs when he plated Greg­son with a ground­out in the fifth, be­fore adding an RBI sin­gle in the sixth.

Even with the seven runs scored, Ce­cil could have added more runs in the game, but left run­ners stranded on sec­ond and third in the fourth, fifth and sixth in­nings. Jim Martz added after­wards he would like to see his team take ad­van­tage of those chances to break open con­tests.

“The lineup in the past few games, we’ve got­ten in sit­u­a­tions where we get early leads but we don’t have the killer put­away men­tal­ity,” Jim Martz said. “We’ve had mul­ti­ple run­ners stranded in sit­u­a­tions where I think if we get a hit here or there, we go on to win a 10-run game. The guys, as we progress through the sea­son, have to re­al­ize when we have a chance to put it away, we have to put it away.”

Game 2 Ce­cil 5, Anne Arun­del 2 The Ce­cil Se­niors took the twin bill of a dou­ble-header against Anne Arun­del County 5-2 at Ce­cil Col­lege on Satur­day.

Bren­nan Martz picked up the win on the mound, al­low­ing one earned run over five in­nings with five strike­outs, one walk and two hits, while Nick Greg­son threw two score­less frames with four strike­outs for the save for Ce­cil, which re­ceived two runs scored each from Jared Brust­man and Lee Smith, a sac­ri­fice fly from Chris Roo­sevelt and an RBI sin­gle by Will Lor­man.

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