Ce­cil Se­niors blow out Du­nalk in re­match

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

— Ce­cil Post 194 lacked in­ten­sity the pre­vi­ous time it faced Dun­dalk Post 38 in Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball ac­tion and suf­fered a shutout de­feat.

When the teams met in the re­match Wed­nes­day evening, Ce­cil car­ried over the in­ten­sity it had from an ear­lier prac­tice as its bats came alive in a 14-1, five-in­ning home vic­tory over Dun­dalk.

“We had this Mon­day [to prac­tice], and … each of these guys re­ally had an in­ten­sity that we hadn’t seen all year. They brought it to the field tonight,” Ce­cil man­ager Jim Martz said. “I was su­per proud of that. Just as I said at the end of the game, un­like ear­lier in the sea­son, we fin­ished and we fin­ished strong. I was re­ally proud of them.”

The of­fen­sive out­burst started in the bot­tom of the se­cond in­ning when Ce­cil opened the scor­ing with a pair of runs. Will Lor­man’s bases-loaded sac­ri­fice fly drove in Derek Schoff, and Jared Brust­man fol­lowed when he bunted for a base hit, plat­ing in Chris Roo­sevelt to give Ce­cil a 2-0 lead.

Ce­cil poured it on in the third in­ning with five more runs to in­crease its lead to 7-0. Schoff drove the first two runs of the frame

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with a dou­ble, Owen Null fol­lowed three bat­ters later with a sin­gle that scored Schoff, and the fi­nal two runs were a re­sult of a field­ing er­ror af­ter an in­field sin­gle by Brust­man.

It was more of the same in the fourth in­ning as Ce­cil put seven runs on the board to put the game out of the reach. The in­ning was high­lighted by a two-run home run by Nick Greg­son that made it 9-0.

“I was sit­ting fast­ball the whole at-bat, and if he gave it to me, I was go­ing to drive it,” Greg­son said.

Ce­cil’s other runs in the fourth came when Lee Smith scored on an er­ror on a ball hit by Null, a two-run sin­gle by Brust­man and one-run sin­gles by Solomon Har­ris and Schoff.

The 14 runs were enough sup­port for start­ing pitcher Bren­nan Martz, who was play­ing in his fi­nal game of Amer­i­can Le­gion Base­ball, as he gave up one un­earned run on four hits and three strike­outs. He cred­ited the de­fense be­hind him for his strong ef­fort in his last game.

“I knew my de­fense be­hind me were go­ing to back me up. They were strong all year, and I just wanted to give it a go one last go,” Martz said. “I came out strong and felt good, and I wanted to end it on a high note.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Ce­cil’s Jared Brust­man rounds third dur­ing his team’s 14-1, five-in­ning win over vis­it­ing Dun­dalk at Ce­cil Col­lege on Wed­nes­day.

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