Cecil Seniors score walk-off run to top Annapolis
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.”
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.
Chris Roosevelt, pictured, and the Cecil Seniors topped Annapolis, 1-0, in game one of a doubleheader at Cecil College on Saturday.