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Bobcats clipped by Whippets in district

Thursday, May 29, 2003

The Ellington Whippets used a pair of home runs to knock off top seeded Thayer in the finals of the Class 1 District 4 baseball Tournament in Ellington May 22.

The number two-seeded Whippets, the defending district champs, clawed back from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Bobcats 5-3.

Ellington got on the board first in the top of the first as Levi Cowin hit a two-run homer to left field off Bobcat starter Tim Eckman that staked the Whippets to a fast 2-0 lead.

The two runs Thayer surrendered in the top of the first in the championship game equaled the amount of runs they gave up in the first two rounds of the tourney, as they hammered Bunker 12-2 in the opening round, before blanking Eminence 14-0 in the quarterfinals.

The Bobcats wasted little time settling the score as they struck for two runs in the home half of the first.

Anthony Martin pushed an RBI-single to right that scored Aaron Henry, before an RBI-knock from Jarad Gaines plated Matt Martin to even the game at 2-all.

Eckman fanned the side in the top to keep the game deadlocked before the Bobcats climbed on top in the bottom of the third.

Logan Underwood sliced an RBI-hit up the middle that brought in Anthony Martin to give Thayer a 3-2 lead.

Eckman kept the Whippets quiet in the top of a fourth inning that featured a most unusual sight.

After a walk started the inning for Ellington, the Whippet's Brian Gastineau connected on a base hit to left field. The hit was not the strange part, what happened to Gastineau's bat was. As his aluminum bat hit the ball, the barrel of it broke off into three pieces, flying into the infield. Retrieving part of the bat, the home plate umpire could be heard saying, "In all my years, I've never seen that before."

The broken bat didn't shake Eckman up too much as he worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam later in the frame to keep the score at 3-2, Thayer.

This reprieve was short-lived as Ellington took the lead in the top of the fifth.

Mike Russell took an offering from Eckman and deposited it over the center field fence for a solo-homer.

The next Whippet score came on an RBI-double from Ritchie Brewer that saw Ellington in front 4-3.

The Bobcats fought back in the bottom of the inning, placing two men on with two outs.

The rally fell a little short as Underwood slugged a hit to left that sent Matt Martin toward home. The Whippets played the hit perfectly with the relay man gunning Martin down at home to preserve the Ellington lead.

This was Thayer's last real threat of the game as Ellington added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to take the district title with a 5-3 win.

Anthony Martin and Underwood paced Thayer with an RBI on two hits each, while Matt Martin added a pair of hits.

Henry, Gaines, Andrew Eckman and John Tollenaar added a hit apiece for Thayer.

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