12U Hustlers Strong in Day One of Crab Claw Classic
The Frederick Hustlers made the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Centreville, MD for the 2016 4th Annual Crab Claw Classic and came away with the #1 seed heading into Championship Sunday. The Hustlers beat the heat and the Game Time Baseball Club in game one by a score of 19-1. The Hustler bats showed life in pounding out 15 hits – six for extra bases – and Nick DeLisi (2 innnings), Brandon Bradshaw (1 inning), Tyler Prather (1 inning) and Matt Cunningham(1 inning) combined on a three-hitter. Andrew McElwain led the winners with three hits, while DeLisi, Bradshaw, Cunningham and Ryan Bennett each had two. DeLisi, Prather, McElwain and Jake Sherdel each doubled while Cunningham tripled and homered deep over the left center fence. Leadoff man JT Sachar and DeLisi each scored three runs.
Luke Schlimm (2 innings), Bradshaw (1 inning), Prather (1 inning), McElwain (1 inning) and Sherdel (1 inning) shared the pitching duties in game two against a solid Delaware Diamond squad and all were equally effective in an 8-3 win. The Hustlers scratched out eight hits – two by Gabe Torres and Dustin Isanogle. Prather hit a bomb to straight away center in the fourth and Torres and Isanogle each doubled when the Hustlers scored four runs. Prather scored three runs and Ryan Talbert and Isanogle scored two a piece.
The Hustlers earned the #1 seed in the ten team tournament and will play Severna Park at noon on Sunday.