Elk­ton opens Ju­nior Base­ball tour­ney with win

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

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.

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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.’”

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Elk­ton in­fielder Kyle Spencer makes a throw dur­ing a game against Havre de Grace in the Se­nior Base­ball Dis­trict 5 Tour­na­ment ear­lier this month.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

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.

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