Hustlers Win Ugly, Stay Perfect!
Posted by Wayne Main on May 21 2013 at 05:00PM PDT
Spencer Griffin (St John’s Catholic Prep – 6 1/3, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) turned in a stellar pitching performance and the 15U Hustlers escaped with a 4-3 win over the 16U Elkridge Hurricanes. Griffin held a good Elkridge team to one-hit through six innings. Meanwhile the Hustlers struggled to figure out Elkridge starter Ezio Rebechi who limited the Black and Gold to one hit through four innings. Elkridge made a pitching change in the 5th and the Hustlers scored three times with Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) delivering the clutch RBI single. Griffin continued to cruise getting a 1, 2 3 sixth inning and sat at only 54 pitches entering the 7th. That’s when things started to unravel. The leadoff hitter walked and after a strikeout, the Hustlers uncharacteristically committed a physical mistake (E5) and two mental mistakes (i.e., OFs missing cutoffs) on two base hits. Griffin left with a 3-3 game but certainly deserved much better. Jordan Tapley (Smithsburg) came in and recorded the last two outs with the lead run on 2nd base, striking out the final hitter. Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) led off the bottom of the 7th with a sharp single to left and Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) walked. Elkridge elected to play the odds and walk Parker (Thomas Johnson) intentionally. After infield popups by the 4 and 5 hitters, Evan Pettyjohn (Boonsboro) battled to a full count before getting hit by the pitch, bringing in Itnyre with the winning run.
The Hustlers run their record to 3-0. They are back in action Thursday evening against the 16U HCYP Raiders at Mount Hebron HS.
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