Kent beats Cam­bridge to win ti­tle

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­[email protected]­dem.com

ST. MICHAELS — Cam­bridge kept bat­tling un­til the very end Mon­day evening, but Kent County got the pitch­ing it needed to win the Dis­trict 6 8-10-year-old Lit­tle League base­ball ti­tle via a 10-8 vic­tory at Perry Cabin Park.

On an evening with bright sun and tem­per­a­tures in the mid-90s, both teams strug­gled early with the first two in­nings tak­ing over an hour to play. But by the fi­nal in­nings the tem­per­a­ture dropped a few de­grees and Kent County reliever Noah Ia­cona cooled Cam­bridge’s at­tack with con­sis­tent strikes on the out­side cor­ner.

Af­ter Ia­cona struck out the first six bat­ters he faced, Cam­bridge’s Ryan Robin­son dou­bled to right-cen­ter and Ja­cob Conn was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the sixth. They both scored on Car­son We­ber’s dou­ble. Blake Wheat­ley then walked to put the ty­ing run on first, but Ia­cona fanned the fi­nal two bat­ters to end the game.

With the vic­tory, Kent County com­pleted a fourgame sweep through the dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment, pro­duc­ing vic­to­ries over Eas­ton, 10-9, Tri-City, 4-3, and South Caro­line, 148, to reach the fi­nal.

“It was hot and ev­ery­one was tired and we de­cided we were go­ing to blow out our pitch­ing tonight,” Kent County man­ager Chris Pierzyn­ski said. “So we would have been in trou­ble go­ing into to­mor­row. We threw our two best so they couldn’t pitch to­mor­row. It worked. It was nice 10-4, I was con­fi­dent, 10-8 …. we knew if we could get to Noah … umps were great, big strike zones for both teams.”

Cam­bridge was play­ing its sev­enth game in eight days af­ter open­ing the dou­blee­l­im­i­na­tion tour­na­ment with an 18-4 set­back to Caro­line North. Cam­bridge fought all the way back through the tour­na­ment and reached the fi­nal with a 17-4 vic­tory over South Caro­line.

Now rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict 6, Kent County ad­vances to the state tour­na­ment and will face Dis­trict 1 (North­west Mary­land) Sat­ur­day, July 14, at 4:30 p.m. at the South Bal­ti­more Lit­tle League Coke Fields.

Kent County scored its 10 runs in the first three in­nings on only three hits. Cam­bridge’s first two pitch­ers walked 11 bat­ters and

four Kent County run­ners scored on wild pitches. Cam­bridge’s Luke Jacobson took the mound with no outs in the sec­ond and al­lowed only two runs (both un­earned) in four in­nings, helped by a dou­ble play to end the fourth.

Cam­bridge jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first. Noah Mar­shall walked, ad­vanced to third of a pair of wild pitches, and scored on a ground out off the bat of Robin­son. Justin Mar­shall sin­gled and worked his way home on three wild pitches.

Kent County coun­tered with four runs in the bot­tom of the first and led the rest of the game.

Ia­cona tripled to deep cen­ter and scored on an er­ror to make it 2-1. Zavion Brown, R.J. Peter­son, Teeter Dean, James Ball, Chase Dol­gos, and Ai­den Crouch then each worked walks. Ball scored on a wild pitch for a 4-2 lead.

Cam­bridge’s Pey­ton Bleyer walked with one out in the sec­ond. He took sec­ond on a wild pitch and scored from sec­ond on a walk and wild pitch to Mar­shall, cut­ting Kent County’s lead to 4-3.

Kent County an­swered with an­other four runs in the home sec­ond. Brown, Peter­son, Dean, and Ball each walked and scored. Je­len Rochester (2 for 2) lined a base hit to right to knock in Ball for an 8-3 lead.

Cam­bridge closed within 8-4 in the third. Caden Jones walked and scored on two wild pitches, tak­ing sec­ond and third on the first one.

Kent County then scored two im­por­tant runs in the third. Ia­cona and Brown sin­gled. With two outs, Brown scored on an er­ror on a grounder from Ball. Dean, who had walked, also scored for a 10-4 lead.

Cam­bridge added two runs in the fourth. Mar­shall and Robin­son walked and Jacobson dou­bled them home with a hit into right­cen­ter. Ia­cona then took the mound for Kent County and started his streak of six straight strike­outs.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Cam­bridge’s Justin Mar­shall scores on a wild pitch as Kent County’s Teeter Dean cov­ers the plate in the first in­ning Mon­day evening at Perry Cabin Park in St. Michaels.

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