Martin Ledezma secures 2-1 victory for Ike against Elgin
Martin Ledezma didn’t back down.
Ledezma entered Eisenhower’s game against Elgin on Friday in relief of Brayden Halberg. The Eagles held a slim lead and its security rested on Ledezma’s shoulders. He threw his first pitch to start the final inning. Ball. He let the next one fly. Ball. He tried a third time. Ball.
For any young pitcher, this situation would be deflating. Ledezma wasn’t fazed.
Despite being on the wrong end of the count, he threw strikes on the rest of his pitches in the at-bat to escape. Ledezma then struck out the next batter and forced the third to ground out to shortstop to secure the save and a 2-1 victory in the final Pool B game of the Bo Bowman Tournament.
“It was a very tough game,” Ledezma said. “They’re a good team and I just did my best. You get excited, but you’ve got to do your best and finish the game.”
Ike’s two runs came in the first inning and turned out to be all it needed. After Tre Harris reached base via walk, Connor Collins blasted a hit to left field for an RBI-double. Collins scored the next play with freshman Justin Strickland hit a single.