Kent Is­land starter Al­bright strug­gles early; Eas­ton’s Led­ford im­proves to 5-1

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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.

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