Elkton walks off with Senior Baseball district crown
Special to the Whig
With Elkton and North East tied in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Senior Baseball District 5 title game, Andrew Lorman strolled to the plate with runners on second and third, no outs and a chance to give Elkton a district championship.
Before stepping into the batter’s box, he told his manager, and his father, Bill Lorman, that he wanted to try a squeeze bunt, convincing his father that it was the right thing to do.
On the second pitch of the atbat, Andrew Lorman laid down a bunt on the right side of the infield and just out of the reach of the defense to score Ethan Wolfe from third, whose run delivered Elkton a thrilling 9-8 triumph in extrainnings and capped a wild eightrun comeback at Rising Sun Little League on Friday.
“Well, he told me to hit, but I was like ‘No, I’m not letting it by.’ I got the second pitch, and I put it down,” Andrew Lorman said. “It’s feels pretty good to win the title. Didn’t think we had it all this year, but we had it all and beat them.”
The Elkton Senior Baseball team poses for a picture after capturing the District 5 crown on Friday at Rising Sun Little League.
His father added his perspective of the game-winning hit.
“When there was a man at third base, he looked at me and he said ‘Squeeze.’ At first, I said ‘Yeah,’ and then I was like ‘No, let’s just try and hit it,’” Bill Lorman said. “He said ‘Dad, I want to do it.’ So, I said sure because I trusted him.”
It appeared as if Elkton would not be in position to win after it fell behind North East, 8-0, after threeand-a-half innings. North East’s early surge started in the first inning when it scored two runs on Zach Chadwick’s single.
North East continued the onslaught in the second inning with five more runs, starting with Blake Bare scoring on a Pat O’Brien single, and Eric Steele following with a two-run single to make it 5-0.
Steele scored on a Chase Klein single, and Chase Hollister scored the final run of the inning after Tyler Buchanan was hit by a pitch.
After North East added one run in the top of the fourth inning when Hollister scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-0, Elkton refused to stop fighting.
“Just finish out strong,” Andrew
Lorman said about his team’s mindset down 8-0. “That was just internally, but [our teammate] Kyle Spencer also fired us up.”
The comeback started in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Elkton scored one run, which came when Wolfe crossed the plate on an Andrew Lorman single.
Elkton followed that by putting seven runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 8-8. John Kivlin started the inning with a double to the wall and later scored on Spencer’s single to make it 8-2.
“I think when I hit it to the fence to start the inning, we all got riled up, and that started off the inning. We just added on from there,” Kivlin said.
Andrew Mullins plated a pair with a single and Wolfe followed by scoring on the back end of a double steal. Kivlin had another hit of the inning, a single, to plate a pair, and Austin Goudeaux completed the comeback when he drove in Jelani Brown with a single.
“It’s incredible,” Bill Lorman said. “It’s things like this that brings kids together as a team. They will never forget a night like this. They’ll be telling their kids about a night like this and a comeback like that.”
9-10 Baseball District 5 Elkton advances to final
Elkton topped Chesapeake City 4-2 on Friday to advance to the 9-10 Baseball District 5 title game.
Deavon Jones went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Zane Bohn (2-for-3) and Gary Slagle both had one RBI each, while Braden Paris and Cole Sims (2-for-3) both scored once for Elkton, which received four combined strikeouts on the mound from Jones and Bohn.
Nolan Peel struck out seven batters on the mound for Chesapeake City, which received one run sored each from Logan Stallone and Orvy Potts.