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Elkton earns rematch with West Salisbury at 10-11 state tourney

July 17, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Elkton’s bats have continued to stay hot and they show no signs of slowing down.

Elkton rapped 21 hits en route to a 17-8 victory over Bethesda in Wednesday night’s losers’ bracket final of the Maryland State 10-11 Little League Baseball Tournament at Ebersole Field.

With the victory, Elkton advances to face West Salisbury in the championship round Thursday at 6 p.m. West Salisbury defeated Elkton 15-3 in the winners’ bracket final Monday.

“That last game was tough for us, it was our first loss of the tournament,” said Elkton manager Chris Hall. “We only mustered three runs on 15 hits.”

Elkton had no problem scoring Wednesday. Bethesda held a 3-1 lead in the second inning before Elkton broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the third. Brandon Sepulveda and Troy Cherwaty each hit a two-run double for the big hits of the frame. Christian Keyes and Nate Cullum each added an RBI single.

“We’ve spent a good amount of time with hitting, and today was a great result,” said Hall. “We spread 21 hits over six innings and everybody got at least one hit.”

Elkton kept building on its lead in the late innings, adding three runs in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Gavin Tereszcuk, Matt Ross and Andrew Jones each had two RBIs for Elkton.

“Our backs are against the wall and we’re playing like it,” said Hall. “We’re letting the kids have fun; we’re letting the boys be themselves. They want to outdo each other on the field.”

While Elkton’s bats were doing the job at the plate, starter Tyler Hayden was doing his job on the mound, holding Bethesda to just five hits with four strikeouts.

“We preach team around here and we definitely played like one tonight,” said Hall.

Bethesda’s took the lead in the bottom of the first. Justin Packs led off with a single and scored on a passed ball. Matt Rudolf hit into a groundout that plated Pranav Rane, who reached on an error and Ben Clarke hit a sacrifice fly to score James Hester.

Bethesda added three more runs in the fourth, highlighted by Rane’s two-run single. Rane led Bethesda with three RBIs, including a groundout that plated J.B. Strachan in the sixth inning.

Bethesda’s seventh run came in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Clarke.

Elkton drew first blood in the top of the first when Cherwaty scored on an error. Cherwaty finished with three runs scored.

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