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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;

PHO­TOS BY DAVID IN­S­LEY

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.

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