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