Rising Sun opens Se­nior Base­ball tour­na­ment with win

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Due to in­clement weather that turned the Se­nior Base­ball District 5 tour­na­ment into a sin­gle- elim­i­na­tion af­fair that will now cover just three days, Rising Sun’s strat­egy of build­ing the team around pitch­ing would be tested.

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depth

Rising Sun man­ager Ricky Davis em­ployed five pitch­ers but kept their pitch counts low en route to an 8- 3 vic­tory over Ch­e­sa­peake City dur­ing the first round on Wed­nes­day, know­ing that he would need all of them for the re­main­der of the tour­na­ment.

“Like I told them out here, this all starts at the early stages of Lit­tle League. They all have to be able to throw on the mound, and the more pitch­ers that we have, the bet­ter we are, es­pe­cially in a tour­na­ment like this where things get moved up,” Davis said. “It’s now a sin­gle- elimi- na­tion tour­na­ment where you’re play­ing back- to- back games. You have to have pitch­ing depth to win ball games.”

The five Rising Sun pitch­ers com­bined to give up three runs on four hits with seven strike­outs and seven walks, but each time Ch­e­sa­peake City looked like it was about to break out of­fen­sively, each pitcher got the outs they needed to es­cape an in­ning.

Rising Sun’s of­fense gave its pitch­ing staff enough cush­ion by get­ting timely hits and do­ing the lit­tle things to pro­duce eight runs. It be­gan by scor­ing three in the sec­ond in­ning to take the lead. Hunter Cole sin­gled and Matt Kanorr walked to start the frame, be­fore Cameron Alt­land fol­lowed with a sin­gle to left that the left fielder mis­played, al­low­ing Cole and Kanorr to score and Alt­land to reach third.

“He threw me a first pitch curve ball, and I wasn’t ex­pect­ing that. Then I saw a fast­ball, and that was prob­a­bly the only one I was go­ing to see at that at­bat,” Alt­land said of his go- ahead sin­gle. “I just took my op­por­tu­nity and took ad­van­tage of that and hit it hard.”

Trent Knorr scored later in the in­ning on an er­ror to give Rising Sun a 3- 0 lead, and two in­nings later, Jonah Davis made it 5- 0 when he drove in a pair with a dou­ble. Ch­e­sa­peake City got those two runs back when Michael David­son and Dean Bai­ley had sac­ri­fice flies that drove in one run each in the bot­tom of the fourth.

Af­ter Rising Sun and Ch­e­sa­peake City scored one run apiece in the sixth in­ning to make the score 6- 3, Rising Sun added a pair of in­sur­ance runs in the top of the sev­enth when Davis scored on an er­ror and Bran­don Syn­der scored on a Cole sin­gle.

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