Lit­tle League

Gland­ing strikes out 8 in 3 in­nings of shutout re­lief

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— The cham­pi­onship game in the Lit­tle League di­vi­sion of Kent County Youth Base­ball played out the way you would ex­pect for the top two teams that were sep­a­rated dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son by only one win.

The Milling­ton Lions, who won the reg­u­lar-sea­son pen­nant for 11- and 12-year-olds with an 8-4 record, came from be­hind to de­feat the up­set-minded Ch­ester­town Elks, 3-2.

Right-han­der Cole Gland­ing, in re­lief of south­paw Ma­son Sher­wood, pock­eted the win. Gland­ing struck out eight bat­ters in three shutout in­nings.

Sher­wood did his part, also, driv­ing in what held up as the win­ning run with a dou­ble into left field in the last of the fourth in­ning.

Will Bankhead started on the hill for the Elks, who went 7-5 in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Bankhead fanned six in three shutout in­nings, and re­tired the Lions in or­der in the first and third in­nings. He avoided run dam­age in the last of the sec­ond in­ning, when on two oc­ca­sions Milling­ton had run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Thomas Leader led off the Milling­ton sec­ond with a dou­ble to left-cen­ter field, but was caught try­ing to leg out a triple on an ex­cel­lent re­lay from the out­field to Elks’ third base­man Brink­ley Dol­gos.

Af­ter that, speedy Larry Ste­ward beat out an in­field sin­gle, went to sec­ond on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball with one out. But Bankhead wig­gled out of the jam with back-to-back strike­outs, leav­ing Se­ward at third.

The Elks qui­etly built a 2-0 lead.

They dented the score­board in the top of the sec­ond in­ning when Dol­gos reached on a two-base er­ror to chase home Bankhead, who reached on a first-pitch sin­gle through the left side and ad­vanced on a passed ball.

The Elks scored their sec­ond run with two away in the top of the third when Ryan Miller slapped a base hit up the mid­dle that plated Hay­den Bil­brough, who drew a one-out walk.

Bil­brough ad­vanced on a wild pitch and raced over to third on Braiden Bakeoven’s ground­out.

Bankhead drew a free pass be­hind Miller and both run­ners moved up on a wild pitch, but they were left there when Sher­wood coaxed an in­ning-end­ing ground­out from the next bat­ter.

The Elks threat­ened to ex­tend their lead in the top of the fourth in­ning against left-handed reliever Gland­ing. Dolgo, lead­ing off, reached on a two-base er­ror and, with one away, went to third on a passed ball. He was stranded at the cor­ner, how­ever, when Gland­ing punched out the next two bat­ters on strike­outs.

The Lions ended the shutout in the home half of the fourth in­ning against re­lief pitcher Miller. Dy­lan Patterson fisted a sin­gle to shal­low cen­ter field to lead off, fol­lowed by Trevor Met­zger’s see­ing-eye sin­gle through the right side of the in­field. Both run­ners took an ex­tra base on the re­lay from the out­field.

Leader’s base hit into cen­ter field scored Patterson, cut­ting the deficit in half at 2-1, and moved Met­zger over to third — giv­ing Milling­ton two run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion with only one out.

It looked as if Miller might avoid any more run dam­age when he got the next bat­ter to chase strike three, but he did not win the match-up with Sher­wood, who lined a dou­ble into left field to bring home Met­zger with the ty­ing run and Leader with the go-ahead run.

Miller zoned in to strike out the next two bat­ters, leav­ing Sher­wood at sec­ond.

Gland­ing re­tired the Elks in or­der in the top of the fifth, and Miller re­turned the fa­vor against the Lions in the last of the in­ning.

Bankhead, bat­ting cleanup, re­newed the Elks’ hopes in the sixth when he drew a lead­off walk. Gland­ing fanned the next two bat­ters be­fore Nathan Frain reached on an in­field er­ror to ex­tend the in­ning.

The Elks’ hopes of an up­set faded one bat­ter later with a strike­out, leav­ing two run­ners on base.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

The Ch­ester­town Elks are the run­ners-up for the di­vi­sion for 11- and 12-year-olds. Kneel­ing from left are: Nash Green, Nathan Frain, Will Bankhead and Hay­den Bil­brough. Stand­ing are: Braiden Bakeoven, coach Bobby Bakeoven, Carl Demby, Ryan Miller, man­ager Wil­lie Bankhead, Brink­ley Dol­gos, Kai Har­ris and coach Matt Miller. Miss­ing from the photo are play­ers Bray­den Wal­lace and Miles Meikle and coaches John Dol­gos and Dean Wil­son.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

The Milling­ton Lions are Kent County’s cham­pi­ons in the di­vi­sion for 11- and 12-year-olds. Kneel­ing from left are: Vic­tor Vu­janic, Cole Gland­ing, Tay­lor Thren, Romin Bow­ers and Tyler Cough. Stand­ing are: man­ager Thomas Gland­ing, Trevor Met­zger, Ma­son Sher­wood, Ma­son Grant, Thomas Leader, Dy­lan Patterson, Larry Ste­ward and coach Scott Clough. Miss­ing from the photo is Ma­son Bac­chus.

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