Ce­cil bat­tles back, stuns Glen Burnie

Cecil Whig - - & & - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

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

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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.

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