Elk­ton opens Ma­jor Base­ball tour­na­ment with win over Per­ryville

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Elk­ton proved ready to be­gin the District 5 Ma­jor Base­ball Tour­na­ment.

Man­ager Eric Pressler said his play­ers were tired of go­ing up against one an­other and were ready for some new com­pe­ti­tion.

Elk­ton opened the tour­na­ment with a 10-3 win over Per­ryville Thurs­day at Ris­ing Sun Lit­tle League.

“It was a good start, we hit the ball pretty well,” Pressler said. “We can still do some things bet­ter, but it was a good game for us to get started and start head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Elk­ton jumped out to a 2-0

RIS­ING SUN

lead af­ter one in­ning and added three more runs in the top of the sec­ond. Parker Fields hit a bases-loaded dou­ble that scored two runs, then Ai­dan Pressler sin­gled two bat­ters later to drive in Nick Blanken­ship.

With two outs in the fol­low­ing in­ning, John Cher­watty crushed a two-run homer that eas­ily cleared the cen­ter field wall with Travis Kinkaid on base. Ai­dan Pressler sin­gled three bat­ters later to score Ryan Lay­ton.

“We hit when we needed to,” Pressler said. “Johnny came in off the bench and hit a big home run. That was huge.”

Kinkaid scored again in the top of the fourth in­ning and Ethan Hobbs drove in Ma­son Wil­liams in the sixth to round out Elk­ton’s scor­ing.

“We had a good ap­proach early. We were try­ing to be pa­tient and hit the pitches that we could drive, in­stead of their pitches,” Pressler said. “That’s what we’ve been work­ing on for the last month: Not hit­ting the pitcher’s pitch. Our boys did a good job of that early.”

Ron­nie Kidd drove in Ma­son Sal­is­bury with an RBI sin­gle af­ter Sal­is­bury had led off the bot­tom of the sec­ond in­ning with a triple to record Per­ryville’s first run. James Able smacked a tworun home run in the fifth that scored Bren­den Shi­flett to round out the Per­ryville scor­ing.

Gan­non Wil­liams pitched the first three in­nings for Elk­ton and Joshua War­ren threw the fi­nal three.

“Gan­non pitched well. He’s usu­ally re­ally locked in and he strug­gled a lit­tle bit to­day. We didn’t warm up the right way to­day. That’s on me, but he bat­tled,” Pressler said. “He gave up one run in three in­nings. We took him out just to pro­tect him for later in the tour­na­ment. Then, Josh came in and shut the door.”

Shif­flett pitched the first three in­nings for Per­ryville and An­gel Ocampo went the rest of the way.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Gan­non Wil­liams al­lowed a sin­gle run over the first three in­nings of Elk­ton’s 10-3 ma­jor base­ball win over Per­ryville at Ris­ing Sun Lit­tle League on Thurs­day.

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