Elkton opens Junior Baseball tourney with win
Special to the Whig
Elkton came out aggressive at the plate during the early part of its Junior Baseball District 5 opening-round game against Rising Sun, attacking any pitch inside the strike zone.
That approach enabled them hit the ball hard and score eight runs over the first three innings en route to a 10-2 victory over Rising Sun at North East Little League Saturday afternoon.
“Our team is a hitting team. They were attacking the ball with great swings. They weren’t taking any bad swings. They didn’t chase a lot of pitches and put the strikes in play,” Elkton manager Chris Pearce said. “That’s what the coaches have worked with them on, and they executed perfectly.”
Elkton jumped on Rising Sun in the top of the first inning, scoring a pair of runs. Tyler Urde gave his team the lead when he scored on a Troy Cherwaty single, while Cherwaty made it 2-0 on a Nolan Null single.
Rising Sun responded with a run in the bottom of the first inning when J.T. Psenicska scored on a Jared Stanley sacrifice fly, but Elkton pulled away by scoring six runs over the next two frames.
Matt Pearce led off the second inning with a single and moved to second on a Heath Widdoes walk. He then moved to third on a C.J. Clark fielder’s choice, which ended up with Widdoes getting forced out at second. Urde then stepped to the plate and laced a double to right, driving in Pearce and Clark. He later scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to make it 5-1.
Elkton added two more runs in the top of the third when Urde connected for an RBI single and Gavin Teresczuk and Cherwaty forced in a pair of runs after each drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 8-1.
Urde said Elkton did not try to do anything special at the plate.
“I think we were being patient and sitting on the pitch that we liked, and my approach was to protect the plate and try to the find the gaps,” Urde said.
The score remained 8-1 until the top of the seventh when Elkton added two more runs to its total when Teresczuk and Cherwaty again walked with the bases loaded to force in a pair of runs. Rising Sun then scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh when Joey Trout scored on a Stanley sacrifice fly.
Elkton used four pitchers to go all seven innings Saturday with Teresczuk throwing four innings to pick up the win. He gave up one run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
“I just threw strikes,” Teresczuk said. “I was telling myself, ‘Don’t walk them and just throw strikes and get easy innings.’”
Elkton infielder Kyle Spencer makes a throw during a game against Havre de Grace in the Senior Baseball District 5 Tournament earlier this month.
Ekton’s Michael Uhde, right, prepares to slide into second base as Rising Sun shortstop Jon Valentine waits to make a tag during Elkton’s 10-2 win over Rising Sun in the opening round of the Junior Baseball District 5 Tournament at North East Little League on Saturday.