<b>15U Hustlers Take Two from GGB Patriots</b>
As has been the theme so often in this young season, the Hustlers struggled to get anything going offensively in game one and fell behind 4-2 heading into the final frame. That’s when jack Duffy (Urbana) led off with a scorching line drive single to left and beat the throw to second on a fielder’s choice by Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick). Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) walked before Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) hit a deep sacrifice fly to center scoring Duffy. Alex Cartner (Middletown) sent an RBI missile to right center and Evan Pettyjohn (Boonsboro) followed with an RBI single to center. Before the inning was over the Hustlers scored four runs to account for the final score of 6-4. Cartner had two hits and Mason Machak (Middletown) doubled. Jordan Tapley (Smithsburg) got the win on the mound with 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief and three strikeouts. Noah Tucker (Tuscarora) worked 4 2/3 innings but struggled with his command and was the victim of poor defense. He only allowed 2 hits but walked seven and struck out five.
The bats showed up in game two to the tune of 15 hits and the Hustlers cruised to a 17-3 win. Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) tossed a solid four innings (1 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks) before giving way to Tommy McCarthy (Brunswick) who pitched the final two innings. Alex Cartner (Middletown) led the way with four hits. Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) and Parker each had three. Evan Pettyjohn (Smithsburg) was on base all five of his plate appearances with two hits, two walks and a hit by the pitch. Noah Tucker (Brunswick) had a double.