Elkton opens Major Baseball tournament with win over Perryville
— 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
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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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.