Barritt Ross slammed a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the District 3 Junior League champions to a 2-1 victory over District 2 Brandywine to move to the second round of the state tournament.
It was a pitchers’ duel through the first five-and-a-half innings, but Cape/Georgetown finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth. Brandywine tied the game in the top of the sixth, and the game went into extra innings.
“It was a hard-fought baseball game,” said District 3 manager Trey Isaacs. “The boys stayed in it until the end. They persevered and found a way to win it. We made a couple of mental errors in the game, but they bounced back and came back big when they had to.”
The District 3 manager gave kudos to pitcher Bryce Dominick, who forced three pop-ups with a man on third and no outs.
“Bryce has huge shoulders and he’s not scared of anything,” said Isaacs. “He pumped strikes in there and got three pop-ups to get us out of the inning.”
“I just focused on throwing strikes and getting outs,” said Dominick. “I forced the fastball down the middle and got the pop-ups.”
Brian Fleming threw the eighth inning and got a strikeout to get the team to the bottom of the inning after Brandywine had a man on first with two outs.
Grant Parker was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth. He stole second, and Ross delivered a walk-off single to score Parker and win the game.
“It was down the middle and was the perfect pitch to hit,” said a smiling Ross. ”I was looking fastball, and I got it.”
Fleming went 2-for-4, while Timmy Hitchcock went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ross went 2-for-4. Parker stole two bases.
Working from the mound were Hitchcock, Ross, Will Hocker, Dominick and Fleming. They combined to allow just six hits, while striking out seven batters.
Cape/Georgetown lost 4-1 to host Clayton July 24, and was slated to play Brandywine again in an elimination game July 25.