ELCA rolls past Dutchtown

By Doug Gorman

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Chargers scored nine runs in the second inning and six times in the third inning to beat Dutchtown 15-0 in a game called after three innings because of the mercy rule Saturday afternoon,

Freshman pitcher Brian Moss allowed just two Bulldogs to reach base en route the Chargers' non-region victory against Dutchtown, a first-year program with only freshman and sophomores on the varsity roster.

David Tanner started the game for the Bulldogs by drawing a lead-off walk. From there, Moss recovered to retire the next three batters. Two of the outs in the inning came on strikeouts.

After the walk to Tanner, Moss demonstrated solid control, recording seven of the Bulldogs' nine outs in the form of a strikeout.

In the third inning, Moss ended the game by striking out the side.

Dutchtown had its best opportunity to score in the game when Matt Donaldson singled to lead off the second inning and then stole second.

He was left stranded in scoring position as the next three batters went down in order.

Dutchtown starting pitcher Harrison Gary kept the Bulldogs in the game for an inning, keeping the Chargers off the scoreboard and recording a strikeout.

In the second inning, however, the offensive flood gates opened as the Chargers took control of the game.

The Chargers sent 15 batters to the plate during the nine-run explosion.

Jon Kirkland, Brian Satterfield and Zach Werho singled in the inning, Christian White drove in runs with a double, Dutchtown committed two errors and hit three ELCA batters to lead to the Chargers' big inning.

Seven ELCA batters also reached on hits in the third inning, leading to the six-run frame.

The big blow was a double from Michah Usry, who drove in a run with the extra-base hit.

Offensively, White reached three times, including on a double, single and walk.

He also scored three times and drove in three RBIs. Moss also helped his own cause by reaching and scoring three times.