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both base run­ners took off on con­tact and scored to tie the game. But Ben­nett was stranded at sec­ond a mo­ment later when Dy­lan Nepert struck out to end the in­ning.

Wi­comico got one of the runs right back in the bot­tom of the fifth, Booze earn­ing a walk and even­tu­ally scor­ing on a Hur­ley dou­ble into the left-field corner.

But Tal­bot-Caro­line came back in the sixth as Ad­kins be­gan to tire. Scott walked and Tyler Stan­ley (3 for 5) fol­lowed with a bunt sin­gle. Alek Rei­del fol­lowed suit and laid down a bunt too; bounc­ing quickly off his righthanded bat, it rolled al­most two-thirds of the way to third base while Ad­kins and third base­man Holmes watched, think­ing it might roll foul.

Rei­del’s in­field hit loaded the bases, but Ad­kins struck out Con­ner a mo­ment later for the first out. Lay­ton’s ground out to sec­ond moved all three run­ners up a base, though, scor­ing Scott to tie things up again.

Cas­sell, up next, slapped a base hit to right field, scor­ing Stan­ley and Rei­del to make it 5-3. Ad­kins again got a big strike­out, this time of Saathoff, but Tal­bot-Caro­line had taken a lead it would never lose.

Wi­comico pulled to within 5-4 in the bot­tom of the sixth. With one out, Green walked, Scott plunked Ad­kins for the sec­ond time; this play, the fourth hit bat­ter to that point in the con­test, elicited a warn­ing to both benches from the plate um­pire — and a walk to Burleson set up an RBI walk to Booze.

But then the vis­i­tors got per­haps their big­gest break of the af­ter­noon.

Con­nor Shock­ley hit a hard grounder back to the mound, which Scott stabbed for, but could only de­flect. Luck­ily for Scott, it went right to Stan­ley, who had bro­ken to­ward sec­ond base on con­tact. He scooped the ball up a step from sec­ond, tagged the bag to force Booze, and fired to Con­ner at first, com­plet­ing a 1-4-3 dou­ble play to end the in­ning.

“That was a big play,” Buchanan said. “The boys came out here to­day want­ing to get even for be­ing beaten last night, and they played their hearts out.”

Tal­bot-Caro­line added a sin­gle run in the sev­enth on a Rei­del ground out, and an­other in the eighth an RBI Nepert walk.

Price, who came on in the bot­tom of the sev­enth, had a mis­sion, as he put it. “I wanted to just come in here and shut them all down,” he said. “And I think I man­aged to do that. I didn’t want to be the one to let every­body down after all we’ve done, after all the work in the play­offs.”

The first bat­ter he faced in the sev­enth, Hur­ley, reached on a throw­ing er­ror by Scott, who had switched places at third with Price to start the in­ning. But Price shook it off, strik­ing out Smith, get­ting Davis to force Hur­ley at sec­ond, and pop­ping Holmes out to Ben­nett in cen­ter field. A 1-2-3 Wi­comico eighth put the three-time de­fend­ing champs three outs from elim­i­na­tion; de­spite two walks in the home half of the ninth, Price got Davis on strikes for the fi­nal out. Fol­low me on Twit­ter:



Ty Scott, who took the loss in Fri­day’s play­off game against Wi­comico, went six in­nings for the win the fol­low­ing morn­ing. He struck out three, while Wi­comico went just 4 for 19 against him in his team’s 7-4 ti­tle-game win Satur­day at Park­side High School.

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