15U Hustlers Open 2013 Campaign in Impressive Fashion
The Frederick Hustlers took both ends of the doubleheader against the Gambrills 16U squad by scores of 4-3 and 4-2. Solid pitching, great defense and timely hitting allowed the Hustlers to start 2-0.
The Hustlers grabbed a 4-3 win in the season opener behind the strong pitching of Noah Tucker (Tuscarora – 4IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 Ks) and Jordan Tapley (Smithsburg – 3IP, 0 H, 1 R, 3 Ks). Gambrills 16U struck first with two runs in the third on a 2 RBI single from Jackson Kerchner. The Hustlers answered big in the 4th win four runs of their own. Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) opened the inning with a double, Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) was hit by the pitch and Alex Cartner (Middletown) lined a single to center plating Itnyre. With runners on first and second, Braden Thomson (Catoctin) laid down a perfect bunt single. The ball was thrown into right field, scoring two runs and Thomson ended up at third. Tommy McCarthy (Brunswick) drove in Thomson with a line drive single to right to conclude the scoring. The Hustlers finished with seven hits; Cartner and McCarthy had two each. Daniel Morrison pitched well for Gambrills.
Solid pitching continued in the second game of the doubleheader as the Hustlers scored late to take a 4-2 win. Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson – 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 5 Ks) pitched a masterpiece holding a very good Gambrills team to 2 hits. Parker walked the first hitter of the game only to see him score on a triple by Ben Moore. Gambrills tacked on one more run in the 6th to take a 2-0 lead. That’s when the Hustlers bats woke up. Jack Duffy (Urbana) beat out an infield single, Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) lined a sharp single to left before Parker got the Hustlers on the board with a line drive single to left. Alex Cartner (Middletown) continued to swing a hot bat lining a single to right to tie things at 2-2 before Tommy McCarthy (Brunswick) delivered the big blow – a 2-run double to right center. Matt Binder took a no-hitter into the 6th for Gambrills.
The Hustlers play host to Elkridge Hurricanes Orange 15U on Tuesday evening, May 21st at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Game time is 6:00pm.