added. “But one night, we hit and pitched well and then the other night they did it to us.
“We gave them a shellacking, Wednesday,” Buchanan said. “And then they gave us one last night. But today, this game was how it had been during the season. This game was more like these two teams.”
When Talbot-Caroline trounced Wicomico 13-1 in the win-bracket final Wednesday in Cambridge, Wicomico had to top Worcester the next night to earn a rematch.
Wicomico did just that, but the 17-14 barn-burner of a win meant the use of several pitchers. With the bullpen running low on fresh arms, Sean Fisher got the ball Friday.
He got the job done, striking out 11 as Wicomico opened big, hitting two of their four home runs in the night in a four-run first, which powered a 14-4 routrule win.
Ty Scott, who threw 28 pitches in the top of the first Friday, surrendering a threerun homer to Cade Hurley and then a solo shot to the next hitter, Andrew Smith, then got the nod for Saturday morning’s game.
Having thrown fewer than 30 pitches the night before, Scott could pitch with no rest. The youngest member of the Talbot-Caroline squad making it to Saturday’s game, Scott took the mound in the first and pitched a much better opening inning than the night before.
Though Tyler Dunn reached on an error with one out, he was caught stealing second, and a two-out walk to Connor Shockley went to waste when Scott popped Hurley out to end the threat.
While Wicomico righthander Jimmy Adkins opened well, pitching four scoreless innings to start, and not allowing a hit until Jaret Bennett’s single led off the top half of the fourth, the offense staked him to a lead in the bottom of the second.
With one out, Daniel Davis, Lucas Holmes, and Colin Green all singled, loading the bases. On an 0-2 count, Scott hit Adkins on the back, forcing in a run.
A sacrifice fly by Grant Burleson scored Holmes to make it 2-0, but then things got a little acrimonious.
Dunn, next up, popped up a Scott offering along the first base line.
Talbot-Caroline first baseman Mark Conner called for it and began to settle under the pop-up, when Dunn collided with him. The act, ruled intentional, earned the Wicomico right fielder an ejection from the game.
“The loss of Tyler on that play really, really hurt us,” said Wicomico assistant Dave Johnson, helping run the show with Kyle Daubert in the wake of manager Brian Hollamon’s recent acceptance of the baseball head-coaching position at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. “He’s a good ballplayer, and really, he’s an emotional leader on this team.”
Dunn would be replaced by Jacob Booze and play continued after a brief conference by the umpires.
Talbot-Caroline, which came out of the win bracket in the four-team district playoff bracket, didn’t seem to come alive at the plate until Adkins had had his way with them for four innings. Stranding two men in the fourth, Saturday’s visitors finally got on the board in the top half of the fifth.
With one out, nine-hole hitter Seth Layton worked a walk. A ground out to third by Brennen Cassell moved him up a base; Adkins then hit Allan Saathoff on the forearm with a pitch.
Bennett followed with a double to left-center field;
Talbot-Caroline’s Jaret Price delivers the final pitch of his team’s 7-4 win on Saturday. Price pitched three scoreless innings, striking out two while allowing no hits and a pair of walks, to pick up the save.
Talbot-Caroline’s Jaret Bennett takes a cut during the top of the fifth Saturday afternoon. Bennett doubled, driving in two runs.