Rising Sun opens Senior Baseball tournament with win
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.
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.