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Xavier Gilcher turns a double play for Rising Sun, which defeated Elkton 15-0 in District 5 Senior Baseball action on Sunday.

CHESAPEAKE CITY—Rising Sun’s offense used a patient approach at the plate, drawing seven walks to put pressure on the base paths during its District 5 Senior Baseball second-round battle with Elkton Sunday afternoon.

Those free passes, combined with eight base hits, allowed Rising Sun to score at least four runs in three separate innings in a 15-0, four-inning victory at Chesapeake City Little League.

“The boys have been working hard for two weeks. Just constant. Every day. Just swinging away. We have a powerhouse group of kids,” Rising Sun Chris Tserkis said. “They’re smart. They’re patient at the plate, and that makes a big impact on their ability to hit the ball.”

Rising Sun got rolling in the bottom of the first inning, drawing a pair of walks and notching four base hits in the frame en route to scoring six runs and jumping out to an early lead.

Jackson Sowers drove the first run of the game with a single, and Daniel Tserkis scored the second when he crossed the plate on an error off the bat of Jon Valentine. Willie Jackson made it 4-0 with a two-run single.

Hayden Spioch drove in another run with an RBI fielder’s choice, and Lane Wiesmiller capped the frame with an RBI triple to make it 6-0.

Rising Sun put four more runs on the board in the second inning. Sowers clubbed a two-run single, while a wild pitch allowed both Xavier Gilcher and Sowers to score.

Sowers credited the work Rising Sun puts in during practice for their offensive output.

“We hit a lot of BP, and we focus on hitting the ball a lot. We’re a good hitting team,” he said.

Rising Sun clinched victory in the fourth inning when it added five more runs to its total. Gilcher drove in the first run of the frame with a single, and Spioch drove in a pair with a double to make it 13-0.

The final runs came in when Ethan Gullion walked with the bases loaded to force in a run, while Ryan Schmoker’s pop fly dropped in between defenders to let another runner cross the plate.

Spioch turned in an efficient effort on the mound for Rising Sun, giving up one hit and one walk over four shutout innings with five strikeouts. Spioch’s effort against Elkton is something Tserkis has seen Spioch do over many years.

“Hayden is a young man that I’ve known since he was very young. He came with me out of the Minor division, and I’ve had him for a long time,” Tserkis said. “I have a lot of faith in both of my starters. He’s very efficient and knows hit pitch count, and I can honestly say he’s one of the smartest 15 year old pitchers I’ve ever seen.”

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