Kent Island starter Albright struggles early; Easton’s Ledford improves to 5-1
EASTON — On an afternoon for bundling up, the Warriors again rode the coattails of Mason Ledford.
With temperatures in the mid-50s and a light rain being pushed around by playful wind, Ledford earned another complete-game win Monday afternoon as Easton High’s baseball team won its third straight with a 5-1 victory over Kent Island.
Ledford pitched his sixth complete game of the season and improved to 5-1. Mixing speeds and pitches and keeping the ball away from the center of the plate, the right-hander allowed only one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out seven, including two in the final inning.
The Warriors (8-6 overall, 3-3 North Bayside) played perfect defense behind Ledford and in front of him with catcher Josh Tull receiving his pitches.
“He [Ledford] was on it. He had his stuff going in the last inning,” Tull said. “He was just cruising. He had good location and good movement on all of them. I trust him a lot. As a catcher you just know his stuff’s going to be on, so you can have a good day.”
Easton scored two runs in the first inning and three runs in the second off Kent Island starter Josh Albright. The Warriors only got one hit the rest of the game with reliever Mike St. Ledger allowing only one walk in the final three frames.
After Ledford retired the Buccaneers in order in the top of the first, Trent Weems got Easton’s offense going with a walk in the bottom of the inning. Weems stole second and Jaden Cassell followed with a grounder to shortstop. An errant throw to first allowed Weems to round third and score and Cassell reached base safely.
Ryan Farr then delivered a perfect hit-and-run liner to right for a single that moved Cassell to third. Farr was tagged out attempting to steal, but Logan Baillif followed with an RBI-groundout to make it 2-0.
Ledford pitched to the minimum number of batters again in the top of the second before the Warriors took control in the bottom half with a two-out rally.