14U Hustlers Take Two From MD Redbirds
The Frederick Hustlers simply had too much firepower for the short-handed MD Redbirds on Sunday at the Yellow Springs Baseball Complex. The Hustlers won the opener 9-1 behind the pitching of Stephen Betz, Nick DeLisi and Colby Patterson and completed the sweep with Marshall Mott and Matt Kulikowski tossing an 11-0 shutout. “Our guys are getting better and better. Competition is a wonderful thing and they each know there’s another guy on the bench that’s chomping at the bit to have their number called,” noted Coach Main. Leadoff speedster and newcomer Jake Neff got things rolling in the first when he drove a line drive single to left. Neff scored when Mott launched a two run bomb to right to give the Hustlers a 2-0 lead. The Hustlers added one in the third on back-to-back doubles by Dustin Isanogle and Mott, and scored three more in the fourth when a DeLisi walk was followed up with singles by Tyler Prather and Patterson, and a double by Gabe Torres. The Hustlers finished game one with nine hits – two each by Mott and Prather, and one a piece for Neff, Isanogle, DeLisi, Patterson and Torres.
The Hustlers started quickly in game two, putting seven runs on the board in the first and chasing the Redbird starter. Isanogle singled, Mott walked, DeLisi and Prather singled, Neff walked, Matt Cunningham singled, Torres doubled, Betz walked and Patterson singled. Marshall Mott took the mound and any hope for a Redbird comeback quickly vanished. The Hustlers recorded eleven hits in the nightcap – two by Prather including a double, and one each by Patterson, Isanogle, Dalton Williams, Mott, DeLisi, Cunningham, Torres, Betz and Eric Ball.
The Hustlers are back in action this weekend when they travel to Rehoboth Beach, DE for the Sports at the Beach Swing Away Tournament. The Hustlers will up the ante and compete in the 16U division.