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The 13U Hustlers traveled to Lebanon PA to play in the Monster Mash tournament. Weather took control Saturday morning, as morning weather wiped out everyone’s first game, and seeding for Sunday was based on one Saturday game. The Hustlers opened up with the West York Bulldogs. The Hustlers were flat, but got great pitching from Oliver Ellison and Aiden Dubetsky, in taking the first game by a score of 8-0. Ellison and Dubetsky combined to no-hit the Bulldogs. Carlos Caraballo had 2 hits for the Hustlers, while Landon Castor, Oqtevious Drummond, and Ellison each doubled. The Hustlers started Sunday as the number 2 seed, with the CRAB league’s Lake Shore Gray Sox taking the 1 seed. The Hustlers bats woke up in this Sunday’s first game, as the Hustlers pounded out 18 hits over 3 innings, and won this game by a score of 25-2. Landon Castor led the Hustlers with 3 hits, while Ryan Jones, Oliver Ellison, Jaxson Wood, Ryan Maxey, and Carlos Caraballo each had 2 hits. Jones, Wood, and Maxey each doubled. Andrew Raymond and Andrew Purcell combined on a 1 hit performance on the mound. The semi-finals had the good guys facing the Mid State Mavericks. The Hustlers came out very flat and the usual great defense was bad, as the Hustlers committed 7 errors in this game and found themselves down 3-0 going into the bottom of the 5th. However, as this team has done over and over again, they fought back and the bats woke up in the 5th to allow the Hustlers to take control of the game. Aiden Dubetsky started things off with a single, and advanced to 2nd and 3rd on passed balls. Carlos Caraballo then walked. Dubetsky then scored on another passed ball, as Caroballo stole 2nd. Andrew Purcell then hit a bomb to center field for a double driving in Caraballo, and the comeback was on. Andrew Raymond then singled to right advancing Purcell to 3rd, but an error on the right fielder allowed Purcell to score and Raymond to advance to 2nd. With the score knotted at 3 with no outs, Oqtevious Drummond put down a nice sacrifice bunt to move Raymond to 3rd. Leadoff hitter Fredy Diaz then gave the Hustlers their first lead, with a single to left, driving in Raymond. Ryan Jones then walked putting runners on 1st and 2nd, before the Hustlers successfully pulled off a double steal to put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Oliver Ellison then hit a sac fly to center to put up the Hustlers 5th run of the inning. Cleanup hitter Landon Castor then singled to center, scoring another run, to give the Hustlers a 6-3 lead. The rest was up to the Hustler pitchers. Carlos Caraballo threw the first 3 innings, and wasn’t his normal dominating self, but got thru the first 3 innings on the hill. Dubetsky was awesome, throwing 4 innings of 1 hit baseball to close it out. The crafty Dubetsky struggled a little on the mound during the 12U season, but boy how things have changed on the big field. He has pitched in 23 innings during the fall over 7 appearances, and has yet to allow a run, just awesome pitching. The championship game had the Hustlers facing the Prime Time Aces, who just knocked off the CRAB leagues Lake Shore Gray Sox in the semi-finals. The Hustlers left little doubt in this game from the start. Landon Castor closed the door on the mound in the top of the first, before the Hustler bats put up a 12 spot in the bottom of the 1st, and the route was on. Castor threw the 2nd inning and labored a little with control, allowing 2 runs before the Hustlers proceeded to put up a 7 spot in the bottom half. Ryan Jones pitched the top of the 3rd allowing an unearned run, and the Hustlers took the championship game by a score of 18-3, as the Hustlers took advantage of 12 walks by the opposing team, and pounded out 11 hits over 2 innings. Oliver Ellison had 3 hits, while Aiden Dubetsky and Andrew Raymond each had 2 hits. The Hustlers will be back in Action this Friday heading to North Carolina, participating in the Top Gun World Series. image
Stealing perhaps an overused word from ESPN, this game was a CLASSIC. The 15U Hustlers survived a leadoff triple in the bottom of the seventh to hang on for a 2-1 win against the NCBA Golden Spikes and capture the 2018 Perfect Game Greensboro Tournament at the beautiful First National Bank Field on Sunday evening in North Carolina. This game was a pitcher's duel and Luke McVicker (Williamsport) was up for the challenge. "Luke had fire in his eyes; the kid loves to compete," noted Coach Main after the game. McVicker tossed a three-hitter with five strikeouts over six innings before giving way to Colby Patterson (Good Counsel) to close things out. Patterson was rudely greeted with a deep triple to right to open up the bottom half. Patterson never flinched and immediately went to work on the #3 hitter who proceeded to lift a fly ball to medium right field. Enter big Gabe Torres (Clarksburg). Torres caught the ball and unleashed a laser to Dustin Isanogle (Catocin) at the plate who applied the tag in a bang-bang play. The #4 hitter grounded to Matt Cunningham (Linganore) and the celebration ensued. "Can't say enough about Colby. That was a tough spot and he wanted the baseball. He's grown so much as a player," added Main. The Hustlers only mustered three hits of their own and the big blow was a run-scoring double to the power alley in left center by Marshall Mott (Gettysburg) following a Matt Kulikowski (Boonsboro) walk. Isanogle and Cunningham had the only other Hustler hits. Pitching and defense ruled the tournament. Kulikowski snagged a hot-liner and doubled off a runner at first, and Patterson turned in several big-time plays ranging far to his left. It was Isanogle that won the hearts of many with his scrappy play and leadership in catching all four games. The Hustlers return to action this weekend at the Dynamic Showcase Event at the University of Maryland, College Park. image

FINAL SCHEDULED TRYOUT FOR ALL AGE GROUPS 8U-15U!!!!

Great turnout for tryouts this weekend until Mother Nature took her swing on Sunday. As a result, we're being asked for a rain date so let's go with Wednesday evening (August 15), 5:45pm, at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. We'll break out and accommodate all age groups (8U-15U) as all of the coaching staffs will be on hand. Should it rain Wednesday evening, we'll goThursday (August 16) at 5:45pm at TJHS.

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Mother Nature put a quick end to the Frederick Hustlers 2018 summer season on Sunday in Lancaster, PA. Playing in their final event of the summer schedule, the Hustlers were well-positioned for a run at another Elite Baseball tournament championship. The Hustlers defeated MSI National (Garnet Valley, PA) 11-3 and the Tri State Arsenal (Mt. Laurel, NJ) 10-1 on Saturday and entered Sunday’s championship play as the #2 seed. Adam Dellamura got the ball and shutdown the OTP Railsplitters in the top of the first in the quarter final action. The Hustlers scored twice in the bottom half to take a 2-0 lead thanks to a standup triple to right-center by Matt Kulikowski. That’s when Mother Nature decided to take her turn. After a 30-minute downpour, officials had no choice but to cancel the event. “The guys did a great job on Saturday. We were able to save our top arms for Sunday so we were feeling pretty good about our chances. The season effectively ended the way it started….more rain,” noted Coach Main.

After quickly falling behind 3-0 on Saturday morning to MSI, the Hustlers answered with seven runs of their own. “That’s just a sign of maturity with this group. There was a day when they would have hung their heads and panicked,” said Main. Gabe Torres entered in the second and pitched shutout baseball. Ryan Bennett got the final out with the bases loaded in the fifth in a game shortened by the run-rule. The Hustlers recorded seven hits. Tyler Prather led the way with two hits and two RBIs, and Kulikowski doubled and Torres tripled.

The Hustlers got another nice pitching performance from Dustin Isanogle in game two against the Tri-State Arsenal. Isanogle tossed four innings of one-hit baseball with four strikeouts. The Hustlers had ten hits – three by Torres and two by Dellamura. Matt Cunningham had a three-run triple which one hopped the fence in left at Millersville University. “Torres made big strides this season. He was pretty raw when we got him but he could be a middle of the order guy if he keeps working,” said Main.

“This team is getting better and better but we need to add some pieces in order to accomplish what we want to do at places like Perfect Game in Georgia,” noted Main. “Hopefully kids see this and want to be a part of it.”

Tryouts are this weekend (July 21-22) and August 11-12 at 3:00pm at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Coach Main can be reached at 301-401-9034 or wayne.main4@gmail.com.

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