Cecil battles back, stuns Glen Burnie
Special to the Whig
Cecil Post 194 entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing visiting Glen Burnie by a run but its manager, Scott Stenta, felt confident that his team would make up the deficit.
Stenta’s faith in his team proved to be well-placed as it put together a two-run rally, culminating in Brandon Snyder’s walk-off single to give Cecil a 6-5 victory over Glen Burnie at Cecil College Saturday afternoon.
“They showed a gutty performance. We had been out in this 95-degree, humid weather, and they knew we had to get it done. We knew we had to get out of here with a win,” Stenta said. “They gritted out and got it done. They’re good kids, and they don’t quit until the end. I had no doubt that we were going to win this game with two runs in the seventh.”
Jared Brustman led off the inning with a hard double down the left field line and moved to third on Nick Gregson’s groundout to third. Chris Roosevelt then capped a 4-for-4 day at the plate when he hit a line drive off the Glen Burnie pitcher’s back for an infield single that scored Brustman and tied the contest.
“I was looking for a pitch right down the middle. I was not going to swing until I got a pitch I wanted,” Roosevelt said of his final at-bat. “I was hot all day, so I knew my bat was good. I credit my teammates for not giving up and getting on base and playing their hearts out.”
Roosevelt followed by stealing both second and
third to move 90 feet away from home. When Roosevelt reached third base, Snyder adjusted his hitting approach.
“Once [Roosevelt] got to third, I just had to make contact with the ball anywhere, and he was going to score,” Snyder said. “That’s all I tried to do.”
Snyder found a pitch he liked and blooped a single into shallow center field, driving in Roosevelt to cap Cecil’s come-from-behind victory.
Cecil put itself in position to have to comeback after giving up four runs in the top of the fifth inning to allow a 3-1 lead to dissolve into a 5-3 deficit. However, Cecil responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Owen Null reached on an error, he moved to second on a wild pitch and then advanced to third on Brustman’s sacrifice bunt. He then scored on a Greyson double to left that pulled Cecil within one run.
Cecil’s season ends with extra-inning loss
One day after topping Glen Burnie, the Cecil Seniors traveled to play Columbia with a division title and a trip to the state tournament on the line. Both teams competed in an effort to finish a game that previously had been post-ponded with the teams tied 3-3 in the 10th inning.
Cecil placed runners on first and third but couldn’t score in the top of the frame. Columbia then responded by plating the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to win 4-3 and end Cecil’s season.
Cecil ends the year 17-4.