MOVIN’ ON

Ris­ing Sun wins Ju­nior Base­ball Dis­trict 5 crown

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

NORTH EAST— Ris­ing Sun wanted to ap­ply pres­sure on the Ch­e­sa­peake City de­fense in an ef­fort to cre­ate of­fense dur­ing the Ju­nior Base­ball Dis­trict 5 ti­tle game Sun­day at North East Lit­tle League.

That pres­sure was most ev­i­dent in the fourth in­ning as Ris­ing Sun took ad­van­tage of three Ch­e­sa­peake City er­rors, four walks and a hit-by-pitch to ex­plode for six runs to take the lead and romp to a 14-4 six-in­ning vic­tory and a dis­trict cham­pi­onship.

“We wanted to be dis­ci­plined at the plate and take pitches. I don’t think that was a se­cret. We wanted to stay up in the count,” Ris­ing Sun manager Clay­ton Gilcher said. “We knew he threw hard, and all we wanted to do is put balls in play and make them make er­rors. That’s what we did. It worked.”

Ris­ing Sun en­tered the fourth in­ning trail­ing 4-3, but three walks to the first four bat­ters of the frame loaded the bases with one out for Jon Valentine, who hit a line drive that the first base­man could not han­dle, al­low­ing Valentine to reach and force in the ty­ing run.

Jared Stan­ley then drove in the go-ahead run with a sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter, be­fore Nate Hus­felt walked to load the bases. Two more runs then scored on Ma­son Craig’s in­field sin­gle and sub­se­quent throw­ing er­ror.

The fi­nal two runs of the in­ning came af­ter a dropped fly ball off the bat of Luke Hamm to make it 9-4.

“We put the bat on the ball and put it in play to make things happen,” Hamm said.

Af­ter scor­ing one more run off an er­ror in the top of the fifth, Ris­ing Sun put the game out of reach in the sixth with four more runs. Joey Hus­felt scored on an er­ror, Hamm scored on a J.J. Psen­ic­ski sin­gle, Wil­lie Jack­son scored on a Valentine walk, and Nate Wassin scored on a ground­out.

It proved to be plenty of run sup­port for Stan­ley, who pitched a com­plete game, giv­ing up four runs on five hits with six strike­outs and a walk. Af­ter he gave up four runs in the sec­ond in­ning, he set­tled down and al­lowed just two hits the rest of the way.

Stan­ley knew he had to get back into rhythm on the mound be­cause Ris­ing Sun was short-handed in terms of pitch­ing depth.

“I knew if I wanted to win that I had to pitch well be­cause we were run­ning out of pitch­ers af­ter me,” Stan­ley said. “I tried to do the best I could and go out there and shut them down.”

The win com­pletes a dif­fi­cult road to the dis­trict ti­tle for Ris­ing Sun, which had no mar­gin for er­ror af­ter los­ing the first game of the tour­na­ment to Elk­ton on July 9.

“It feels great. It was def­i­nitely a goal of ours to play out of the loser’s bracket. Here were are, and if you told me we would be here, I’d call you crazy,” Gilcher said. “Here we are, we did it again. It feels great.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Ris­ing Sun cel­e­brates its 14-4 vic­tory in six in­nings over Ch­e­sa­peake City in the Dis­trict 5 Ju­nior Base­ball ti­tle game on Sun­day.

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