Cecil Seniors rebound with win over Anne Arundel
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.