Tri-City se­niors falls to Tal­bot in ti­tle game

Dorchester Star - - Classifieds - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @ Davetalkss­ports.

HUR­LOCK — The de­fend­ing District 6 cham­pion Tal­bot se­nior league all-star base­ball did it again this year, de­feat­ing Tri-City, 14-4, in five in­nings on Satur­day to re­turn to the state tour­na­ment.

Left-han­der Jaden Cas­sell got the win, go­ing the dis­tance and fin­ish­ing strong, with a six-pitch fourth in­ning, and an eight-pitch fifth. Tal­bot pounded out 10 hits, as it im­proved to 3-0, de­feat­ing all three of the other squads in district play dur­ing the past week to take the ti­tle.

“We hit the ball well, up and down the lineup,” Tal­bot man­ager Al­bert Pritch­ett said. “I think this was a to­tal team ef­fort. Jaden pitched well, [and] fin­ished well.”

Tal­bot opened with four runs in the bot­tom of the first. Jimmy Hal­ter­man be­gan the rally with a one-out triple over the head of Tri-City cen­ter fielder Max Pres­ley, and Ryan Farr sin­gled to make it 1-0.

Kee­gan Bentz reached on an in­field er­ror, and Joe Smoloski drove in Farr and Bentz with a base hit, mak­ing sec­ond, and then third, as the throw home went to the back­stop.

Cas­sell capped the rally with a sin­gle to left that scored Smoloski.

Tri-City an­swered in the top of the sec­ond.

Clint Meekins, the start­ing pitcher for the loss-bracket champs, reached with one down on a mis­han­dled grounder to third. Pres­ley sin­gled and Ryan Cheesman walked to load the bases.

Cas­sell struck out the next hit­ter, and Jerome Thomas pounded out an in­field hit to plate Meekins. An­other er­ror, on a grounder off Ethan Blood­sworth’s bat, made it 4-2, and a bases-loaded walk to J.B. Lewis scored Cheesman to pull Tri-City to within 4-3.

Cas­sell got the next bat­ter to ground out to sec­ond, though, end­ing the in­ning and leav­ing the bases loaded.

“We never gave up, even late,” Tri-City man­ager Steve Lieske said. “We had five kids quit the team, and... to­day we only had nine, but the kids we played never stopped try­ing.

“Tal­bot hit the ball well; they’re a good. I tip my cap to them,” Lieske added. “But we’re still mak­ing er­rors, not play­ing as well as we should. We need to be more like them.”

Tal­bot ex­tended its lead in the bot­tom of the sec­ond, a Farr sac­ri­fice fly, Bentz dou­ble, and Smoloski sin­gle mak­ing it 7-3. Tri-City re­sponded in the top of the third with a sin­gle tally, Tyler Wind­sor walk­ing, then scor­ing on a two-out Cheesman sin­gle.

Tal­bot’s bot­tom of the third put the game nearly out of reach.

Lo­gan Bail­lif led off with a base hit, and was forced at sec­ond on a grounder by Sam Weisman. Ja­cob Book fol­lowed and hit a sharp ground ball to sec­ond, which was fielded cleanly, but thrown wide at sec­ond; Weisman made third, and Book cruised into sec­ond on the play.

Luke Cum­mings (2 for 4) sin­gled to right field, scor­ing both run­ners, then stole sec­ond. Hal­ter­man reached safely when an­other throw from short was dropped at first base, then stole sec­ond.

Farr sin­gled to right field, scor­ing Cum­mings. Hal­ter­man dashed home as well, just ahead of the throw, which bounced off him and into the air be­tween him and Tri-City catcher Blood­sworth.

As he stood up af­ter slid­ing in to score, Hal­ter­man re­flex­ively grabbed the ball, and tried to hand it to Blood­sworth; it fell to the ground, where Blood­sworth grabbed at it. Mean­while, Farr, at sec­ond on the throw home, broke for third, but then the ball was ruled dead by the home plate um­pire.

Farr was sent back to sec­ond and, af­ter a brief con­fer­ence, both runs were ruled to have counted. Since Hal­ter­man touched the ball af­ter he scored, it was ruled that his in­ter­fer­ence — well-in­ten­tioned though it was — hin­dered Blood­sworth’s at­tempt to re­tire Farr, who was ruled out.

Tal­bot didn’t score again that in­ning, leav­ing it 11-4.

Cas­sell re­tired Tri-City in or­der in the fourth and fifth, us­ing just 14 to­tal pitches.

Tal­bot scored once in the fourth, and twice in the bot­tom of the fifth to fin­ish the rout-rule win.

The fi­nal run came in the form of Bentz. Draw­ing a one­out walk, he stole sec­ond, made third when the throw to get him went into cen­ter field, and scored a mo­ment later on a wild pitch as Cas­sell bat­ted.

Tal­bot be­gins its state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance be­gin­ning July 9 in Sal­is­bury at Pem­ber­ton Park.

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