14U Hustlers Finish Third at Perfect Game SUPER25 North Carolina Super Qualifier
The 14U Frederick Hustlers rode strong pitching performances from Nick DeLisi, Tyler Prather and Matt Cunningham to advance to the Final Four of the 22-team Perfect Game Super Qualifier in Pineville, NC over the weekend. DeLisi set the tone in game one with a two-hit, nine strikeout masterpiece against a good Virginia REVO team out of Hampton Roads, VA. The Hustlers held a slim 4-1 lead thru six before exploding for 11 runs in the final frame for a 15-1 victory. Matt Kulikowski and DeLisi had two hits while Cunningham and Gabe Torres each doubled. Tyler Prather got the ball in game two and limited the Elite 9 squad out of Rock Hill, SC to four hits in an 8-0 win shortened by the run rule. Prather pounded the strike zone and struck out four in five innings. Colby Patterson, Dustin Isanogle, DeLisi and Dalton Williams led the winners with two hits each. Saturday’s strong play allowed the Hustlers to grab the #1 seed and a first round bye heading into Championship Sunday. Sunday’s opener was a classic pitcher’s duel and the Hustlers Matt Cunningham was up to the challenge and didn’t disappoint. Cunningham tossed a two-hitter with two strikeouts against a very good Triple P Prospects team out of Norwood, NC. The Hustlers only mustered three hits of their own and the big one was a run-scoring double to the left field corner by Cunningham. DeLisi and Kyle Sanger had the only other hits. The Hustlers advanced to the semifinals where they ended up on the wrong end of an 11-4 game to the tournament champion South Charlotte Panthers. Colby Patterson and Dustin Isanogle split the pitching duties thru six innings and pitched well - keeping the Hustlers within striking distance. The Hustlers were only down 4-2 entering the 7th when the wheels came off the cart. Isanogle tired and opened the inning by walking the first two hitters before giving way to relief, and the Hustlers had nothing left in the pitching tank. The Panthers scored seven runs on three hits and four walks in the top of the seventh. The Hustlers showed grit and responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half. Sanger had a double and a single for the Hustlers while Williams tripled and Torres doubled. The South Charlotte Panthers beat the Canes 10-2 in the title game.
The 14U Hustlers return to action Wednesday, June 13 at Middletown High School against the Frederick American Junior Legion. First pitch is set for 6:00pm.