11U Hustlers Armed Forces Champions
Posted by Wayne Main on Jun 06 2017 at 05:00PM PDT
The 11U Hustlers participated in the Armed Forces Slugfest tournament held in Frederick, Maryland this past weekend. Saturday’s first tilt had the Hustlers facing Edge Baseball out of Greencastle, PA. The Hustlers came out swinging, scoring 3 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, and 15 in the 3rd, and went on to win via the mercy rule by a score of 22-0. The Hustlers had 16 hits, including 7 extra base hits. Aiden Dubetsky, Andrew Raymond, and Gavin Hughes each had 3 hits, while Ryan Jones & Aidan Simmons each had two hits. Raymond doubled and tripled, while Hughes hit a Home Run. Dubetsky, Landon Johnson, Jones, and Logan Malachowski each doubled. Camren Baker reached base all 4 times via bases on ball & hit by pitch, scoring 4 runs. Dubetsky had 5 runs batted in, while Raymond had 4, and Jones & Hughes each had 3. Simmons threw 2 shutout innings, and Baker threw 1 shutout inning. Game 2 Saturday had the Hustlers facing the Chesapeake Orioles. The Hustler bats stayed hot in this game also, with a repeat 16 hits in the game. The Hustlers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3 innings, only to see the Orioles put up 4 in the top of the 4th. However, the Hustlers matched this in the bottom of the 4th with 4 more runs, and added 3 more in the 5th, to take the win by a score of 11-4. Andrew Raymond continued his hot hitting, with 3 hits, including a double and a Home Run. Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, Landon Johnson, Killian Stair, and Aidan Simmons each had 2 hits. Aiden Dubetsky and Logan Malachowski each doubled. Malachowski dominated the Orioles for 2 innings, allowing no hits or runs with 2 K’s. Johnson shutdown the Orioles in the 3rd, but ran into trouble in the 4th due to a fielding error and a couple of walks. Andrew Raymond came on to get out of the jam in the 4th, and pitched a scoreless inning in the 5th, Dubetsky finished it off by throwing a hitless, scoreless 6th, striking out 2 batters. Saturdays play put the Hustlers into Sunday play as the number 2 seed out of 12 teams, and getting a first round bye. The semi-final game had the Hustlers facing a very good GoWag’s team that had just taken down the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox by 1 run earlier in the morning. The GoWag’s bats came out steaming in the first, as they put a 4 spot on the board off Hustler starter Ryan Jones. However, the Hustlers matched that with 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. The GoWag’s added a run in the top of the 2nd, and added 3 more in the top of the 4th to take a commanding 8-4 lead into the bottom of the 4th. That is when the Hustlers went to work, scoring 2 runs to make it a 8-6 game. The fifth inning would be the last due to the 1 hour 45 minute time delay. Aidan Simmons shutdown the opposition in the top half of the 5th. The bottom of the 5th inning for the Hustlers was a good example of the entire season. This team just doesn’t quit. With 1 out in the last inning, Gavin Hughes got this started with a long double to left field. After a flyout to the right fielder and 2 outs, Aidan Simmons then doubled to right center scoring Hughes to make it 8-7. Camren Baker then laced a single to right field scoring Simmons to tie it, and advanced to 2nd on the throw. Aiden Dubetsky then walked. The GoWag’s elected to change pitchers, and on the very first pitch, Ryan Jones hammered a walk off line drive into right center field to bring home Baker for the game winner, and the Hustlers won the game by a score of 9-8. Baker, Dubetsky, Jones, Hughes, and Simmons each had 2 hits in the game, as the Hustlers were outhit 14-13. Aidan Simmons threw 3 solid innings of 3 run baseball for the Hustlers. The Championship game had the Hustlers facing Fielder’s Choice, who just beat a good Lake Shore Gray Sox team in the semi-finals by a score of 8-7. This was a pitcher’s duel going into the 4th, as the Hustlers held a 1-0 lead after 3. However, the Hustler bats woke up in the 4th and 5th innings, scoring 7 runs in the 4th, and 9 more in the 5th, and the Hustlers dominated the Championship game by a score of 17-0. The big story in this game was Aiden Dubetsky. Dubetsky threw a no-no over 5 innings, allowing no hits, no walks, striking out 7 batters. Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, and Gavin Hughes each had 2 hits, while Dubetsky, Jaxson Wood, Andrew Raymond, Killian Stair, and Aidan Simmons each had 1. Logan Malachowski had a 3 run double . Leading hitters for the weekend: Ryan Jones (.666), Aidan Simmons (.636), Andrew Raymond (.571), Aiden Dubetsky (.538), Gavin Hughes (.538), Camren Baker (.500), Landon Johnson (.400), Killian Stair(.364), Jaxson Wood(.300), and Logan Malachowski (.300).
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