11U Hustlers Repeat as Maryland Stars and Strikes Champs
Posted by Wayne Main on May 29 2017 at 05:00PM PDT
The 11U Hustlers competed in the Maryland Stars and Strikes tournament this past weekend. The 11A bracket was loaded with good teams from Maryland. Saturday started off with the Hustlers playing KMS Baseball Academy. They Hustlers jumper out to a 7-0 lead, only to see KMS come back and tie it in the 2nd, and take the lead with 2 more in the 3rd. They Hustlers battled back though, with 4 in the 4th, and 1 more in the 5th, and won the game by a score of 12-10. Ryan Jones, who doubled, and Ryan Maxey each had 2 hits in the game for the Hustlers. Logan Malachowski started on the hill, while Ryan Maxey came on in relief, and Ryan Jones closed it out on the mound. Game 2 had the Hustlers facing the Olney Pirates, and this turned into one of the best games of the year. This was a defensive struggle and pitcher’s duel the entire game. The Hustlers only managed 4 hits in the game, while Olney had 7. There were nothing but zeros on the scoreboard going into the 6th inning, when Olney plated an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. Gavin Hughes led off the bottom of the 6th with a single to center field. Killian Stair then bunted him over to second, and Hughes then advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff play. Aiden Simmons then drove a line drive to right field to tie the score. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Aiden Dubetsky pitched 4 great innings, and Landon Johnson added 2 more solid innings in relief. Hughes, Ryan Jones, Jaxson Wood, and Andrew Raymond each had 1 hit in the game for the Hustlers. Saturday’s play earned the Hustlers a 5 seed out of 16 going into Sunday, and had the Hustlers playing the WHC Renegades. The Hustlers scored in each of the 4 first innings, and went on to win this game by a score of 9-5. Aidan Simmons threw 4 innings, allowing 5 runs. Andrew Raymond closed the game out with 2 solid innings of scoreless relief work on the mound. Killian Stair had 2 hits, while Ryan Jones, Ryan Maxey, Landon Johnson, Jaxson wood, and Andrew Raymond each had 1 hit. Maxey, Raymond, and Wood each doubled. Game 4 of the weekend had Hustlers facing the Southern Maryland Orioles. This was a long game with lots of runs scored. This was a 4-4 game after 1, and 8-6 game after 2. The Hustlers advanced the lead to 12-6, but the Orioles plated 6 runs in the 5th to tie the game. Due to the time limit, the 6th inning started out like extra innings, using international rules, and a runner on 2nd. Killian Stair started at 2nd based, and proceeded to steal 3rd. Aidan Simmons then put down a sacrifice bunt, and beat it out to 1st base, and then stole 2nd on the next pitch. Camren Baker then put down a good bunt scoring Stair and advancing Simmons to 3rd for a single. Baker advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. Aiden Dubetsky then hit a Sac Fly, to bring home Simmons. Ryan Jones then hit a bomb to right field for a triple scoring Baker. Ryan Maxey then doubled to left field, scoring Jones, giving the Hustlers a 16-12 lead. Jones shutdown the Orioles in the last inning and the game ended 16-12 in the Hustlers favor. Jones, Maxey, and Stair each had 2 hits, while Baker, Dubetsky, Logan Malachowski, and Simmons each had 1 hit. Landon Johnson pitched 1 inning, Baker when 3 & 1/3, Gavin Hughes 1/3, and Ryan Jones went 1 & 1/3 on the hill. The Semi-final game had the Hustlers facing the Sykesville Cyclones, who just beat KMS Baseball Academy. The Hustlers got great pitching from Ryan Maxey and Logan Machowski in this one. Maxey threw 2 innings of 1 run baseball, while Malachowski dominated Sykesville over 4 innings, allowing only 1 hit of scoreless baseball. The Hustlers won this game by a score of 4-1 to advance to the championship game. Aiden Dubetsky had 2 hits, while Landon Johnson, Logan Malachowski, Killian Stair, and Aiden Simmons each had 1. The finals had the Hustlers facing the Lake Shore Gray Sox, who beat Catoctin to get to the finals. Once again, the Hustlers played great defense and got great pitching. Each team scored 2 in the first. The Hustlers took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd, only to see the Sox tie it in the 3rd. The Hustlers plated a run in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead. Aiden Dubetsky pitched 3 solid innings allowing only 3 runs. Ryan Jones closed it out throwing 3 scoreless innings of 3 hit baseball. The Sox had a runner on 3rd base with no outs in the 6th inning, but Jones struck out the next 2 batters before inducing a flyball out to shortstop Aiden Dubetsky to end it, with the Hustler winning the championship by a score of 4-3. This was the second year in a row this team won this tournament, as the Hustlers won the 10A bracket in 2016. Jones had 3 hits in the game, Dubetsky, Ryan Maxey, and Andrew Raymond each had 2 hits. Camren Baker, Logan Malachowski, and Aidan Simmons each had a hit. Leading hitters in the tournament were Ryan Jones(.643), Killian Stair(.462), Ryan Maxey(.438), Aiden Dubetsky(.375), Andrew Raymond(.333), Logan Malachowski(.333), and Aidan Simmons (.300).
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