Elk­ton walks off with Se­nior Base­ball dis­trict crown

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

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.”

RIS­ING SUN—

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.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

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