Ce­cil Se­niors score walk-off run to top An­napo­lis

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Ce­cil Post 194 strug­gled at the plate against vis­it­ing An­napo­lis in the first game of an Amer­i­can Legion base­ball dou­ble­header as it did not record a hit un­til the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning.

For­tu­nately for Ce­cil, start­ing pitcher Chris Roo­sevelt was up the task on the mound as he turned in a com­mand­ing per­for­mance with seven shutout in­nings to keep his team in the game.

Ce­cil (7-2) fi­nally broke through in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning when Will Lor­man scored on a passed ball with two outs to give his team a 1-0 walk-off vic­tory over An­napo­lis at Ce­cil Col­lege on Satur­day.

“You know that’s good af­ter a long, in­tense game. We were all won­der­ing who was go­ing to score first,” Roo­sevelt said. “It was good to come out to the win and get every­one on base.”

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With one out in the sev­enth, Lor­man recorded an in­field sin­gle. Jared Brust­man then at­tempted to bunt Lor­man over but he hit two foul balls in­stead. Lor­man then man­aged to get to sec­ond on a passed ball, while Brust­man even­tu­ally worked the count into a walk.

Af­ter a fly­out to cen­ter, Casey Baker hit a slow roller that the short­stop could not cor­ral, load­ing the bases for Nick Greg­son. Lor­man then saw the very next pitch slip through the legs of the An­napo­lis catcher and he raced home to give Ce­cil the vic­tory.

“I saw the ball go right under him, and I was go­ing 100 per­cent,” Lor­man said.

On the mound, Roo­sevelt kept An­napo­lis off-bal­ance through­out the game as he al­lowed just four hits while strik­ing out 11 and walk­ing four to pick up the vic­tory.

Roo­sevelt es­caped three multi-run­ner jams through­out the game, in­clud­ing a bases-loaded, two-out sit­u­a­tion in the top of the sev­enth when he in­duced a fielder’s choice. Af­ter­wards, Roo­sevelt ad­mit­ted he was con­fi­dent that he would get out of the jam.

“I just had con­fi­dence in my de­fense. I knew if I threw a strike and they hit it, I knew my de­fense was go­ing to make the plays be­cause they made them all day,” Roo­sevelt said. “There re­ally wasn’t much pres­sure with that.”

Ce­cil man­ager Jim Martz agreed.

“We saw that he was fa­tigued. He knew he was on the ropes there, and he came through big time,” Martz said. “He showed a lot of heart.”

Game 2 Ce­cil 6, An­napo­lis 5 Chris Roo­sevelt (3-for-3, triple, three RBIs) de­liv­ered a game-win­ning sin­gle in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning to give Ce­cil a dou­ble­header sweep of An­napo­lis at Ce­cil Col­lege on Satur­day.

Nick Greg­son had a strong out­ing on the mound, al­low­ing three runs over five in­nings, while Mike Mo­ran picked up the win.

Derek Schoff dou­bled, while Greg­son, Tyler Syn­der and Solomon Har­ris all sin­gled for Ce­cil.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Chris Roo­sevelt, pic­tured, and the Ce­cil Se­niors topped An­napo­lis, 1-0, in game one of a dou­ble­header at Ce­cil Col­lege on Satur­day.

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