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Frederick Hustlers
Wayne Main
Middletown, Maryland
Tuesday, July 31
Frederick Hustler Baseball 2019

Welcome to the Frederick Hustlers Baseball Club. The Frederick Hustlers are a premier youth baseball organization based in Frederick, Maryland. Founded in 2001, the Hustlers have become one of the more successful travel baseball organizations in the state.  

For Spring 2019 we will have teams at the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U and 15U age groups. 

The philosophy behind the organization remains the same. We want to develop players in a highly competitive environment. It is our goal to enable our players to move onto the next level of baseball, whether it be in high school or at the college level.  We are always looking to add quality players; if this sounds like the right fit for your son, please call us at 301-401-9034 for a personal workout/tryout.

Wednesday, January 9
15U Hustlers Add Athletic and Talented Bryce Curry

Bryce Curry
The 15U Hustlers are excited to announce the addition of IF/RHP Bryce Curry for the 2019 season.  Curry is a 6'0, 155 lb freshman from Damascus High School.  "Bryce is a versatile, super athletic kid who can swing it," noted Coach Main.  "He's another great arm on the hill.  We are incredibly excited that he chose to join the Hustler family."

Monday, October 15
Frederick Hustlers Join the Facebook Party


While we will continue to maintain this eteamz site which was started in 2001, the Frederick Hustlers Baseball Club now has a Facebook presence as well.  To catch events as they happen, we suggest that you visit, friend request and follow us at: 


Monday, October 15
13U Hustlers Win Future Stars Monster Mash Championship

13U Monster Mash Champs
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.

Monday, October 15
15U Hustlers Win 16U Pool in Dynamic Showcase at University of Maryland


The 15U Hustlers closed out their Fall campaign with an encore performance. Playing three out of four games against 16U opponents the Hustlers stood tall and won the 16U pool of the Dynamic Showcase Event at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium at the University of Maryland. Marshall Mott dominated the 16U Stars Baseball with a four-hit, nine strikeout gem in a 11-3 win in the early game. Colby Patterson pitched a scoreless final frame. Mott, Brandon Bradshaw and Adam Dellamura each had two hits. Patterson and Matt Cunningham each had one. In the nightcap, Cunningham tossed a five-hitter with four strikeouts in a 6-5 win over the 16U Diamond Skills Rangers (St. John's College HS (DC)). Mott again provided the thunder with two hits including a huge run-scoring double to the right field corner. Bradshaw also had two hits while Dustin Isanogle, Cunningham (RBI), Dellamura (RBI) and Gabe Torres (RBI) each had one.

In Saturday's action, the Hustlers opened with a convincing 9-1 over the VA Stars 15U at Mount Saint Mary's baseball stadium. Luke McVicker (Williamsport) worked five innings of four-hit baseball with eight strikeouts. Adam Dellamura (Walkersville) led the offense with two hits. Colby Patterson (Good Counsel), Dustin Isanogle (Catoctin), Matt Cunningham (Linganore), and Dalton Williams (Catoctin) each had run scoring hits. Marshall Mott (Gettysburg) had a hit and a SAC fly while Brandon Bradshaw (Flowers) and McVicker each had singles.

In Saturday afternoon play, the Hustlers and the 16U HCYP Raiders went toe-to-toe in a slugfest that ended in 12-12 tie at Warriors Park in Millersville, MD. The Hustlers outhit the Raiders 10-5 but walks and errors proved too costly in the end. Gabe Torres (Clarksburg) and Dalton Williams (Catoctin) saw their first action on the mound and both competed well. Brandon Bradshaw (Flowers) pitched a scoreless sixth. The Hustlers squandered 4-0 and 9-3 leads before scoring three times in the final frame to force a tie. Williams led the winners with two hits including a run-scoring double. Matt Kulikowski (Boonsboro) and Adam Dellamura (Walkersville) had RBI doubles in the first. Matt Cunningham (Linganore) drove in three runs with a double in the third and Torres had a two-run triple in the sixth. Josh Sachar (Linganore) tied the game at 12 by driving in Torres with a single to right. Dustin Isanogle (Catoctin), Luke McVicker (Williamsport) and Ryan Bennett (Urbana) each added a single.


Sunday, October 7
15U Hustlers Win Perfect Game Greensboro Championship

Perfect Game Champs
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.

Tuesday, August 14
Final Scheduled Tryout Set for Wednesday, August 15 at TJ High School



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.


Friday, August 10
TRYOUTS THIS WEEKEND - Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12


Monday, July 2
Tryout Dates for 2018 Fall and 2019 Summer Teams

The second set of tryout dates are listed below.  Come find out why, year in and year out, players and families are turning to Frederick Hustlers Baseball.  You can register the day of tryouts or pre-register by emailing your son's name and DOB to 

Saturday, August 11
Sunday, August 12

Tryouts are free and your player only needs to attend one session .  We hope you decide to give us a try.  Please call Wayne Main at 301-401-9034 or email with questions.


Monday, July 16
Rain Ends 14U Season at Elite Baseball Summer Sizzler

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

Thursday, July 12
Patterson Leads Hustlers Over HCYP Raiders

Colby Patterson celebrated his 15th birthday with three hits and four runs scored and the Hustlers cruised to a 7-2 win over the HCYP Raiders Wednesday evening at Middletown High School. Patterson drew a walk to open the bottom half of the first. Dustin Isanogle followed with a single to left before Matt Kulikowski blasted a two-RBI triple that one bounced the fence in deep left center. Nick DeLisi gave himself up with an RBI groundout to the right side and the Hustlers had a quick 3-0 lead. The Hustlers finished the evening with eleven hits. Patterson and Isanogle each finished with multiple hits. Patterson had a double and a triple, and Matt Cunningham doubled.

Dalton Williams, Gabe Torres, Patterson, Ryan Bennett and Isanogle shared the pitching duties and limited the Raiders to six hits.

The Hustlers are back in action this weekend at Millersville University for Elite Baseball’s Summer Sizzler Tournament. The Hustlers open play Saturday morning at 8:00am against MSI National (Garnet Valley, PA) and play the Tri State Arsenal 14U National (Mt. Laurel, NJ) at 10:20am.

Monday, July 9
Hustlers Finish 2-2 at USA Baseball National Training Complex


The 14U Frederick Hustlers arrived at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC with a big target on their chest. Having won the prestigious Labor Day Cup event last September, the Hustlers were not about to sneak up on anyone. Facing their best competition of the season, the Hustlers competed admirably and finished a great weekend of baseball with a respectable 2-2 record in the 16-team 14U Cup classic. The two losses – extremely close games - came at the hands of the tournament champion and another team that played in the final four.

The first game was against a very talented Game On Round Trip team out of Savannah, GA. The Hustlers turned to their ace, Matt Cunningham. Cunningham was not sharp on this day and surrendered six runs on eight hits with four walks and a strikeout in four innings of work. The tournament champs scored four runs in the top of the first. The Hustlers got one back in the bottom of the inning on a walk to Colby Patterson and a one out line drive single by Matt Kulikowski. Cunningham then worked a clean, 1-2-3 second before the Hustlers exploded for six runs in the bottom half to take a 7-4 lead. The big blows were RBI singles by Patterson and Brandon Bradshaw. The Round Trip squad got two back in the third and the Hustlers carried a 7-6 lead into the fifth when the wheels came off the cart. Round Trip scored four in the fifth and two more in the sixth on four walks, three hits and two errors. The Hustlers went quietly and dropped game one by a score of 12-7.

The second game of the tournament was against an equally impressive East Coast Clippers ball club that was comprised of players throughout North Carolina. The Hustlers seemingly had this game but ended up letting it get away in extra innings. Down a run entering the seventh, Kyle Sanger drew a leadoff walk. After a strikeout to Patterson, Bradshaw air-mailed the left fielder for an RBI double to tie the game at 5-5. Bradshaw then made the mistake of trying to turn the double into a triple and was thrown out at third base with the heart of the lineup on deck. With two outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, the Clippers were the recipient of a controversial balk call that ended the game. “Great baseball game. Not sure why any umpire would want to do that but we can only blame ourselves – we had plenty of opportunities and didn’t convert,” commented Coach Main. Tyler Prather pitched five innings and gave up four earned runs with five hits, four walks and two strikeouts. “Tyler didn’t have his best stuff but this was a really good team and he competed his butt off.”

The Hustlers quickly got rid of the bad taste by throttling the Carolina Rebels 12-1 in a night game under the lights. Adam Dellamura was really good and efficient in tossing five innings of one-hit ball with seven strikeouts on 71 pitches. Ryan Bennett closed the game out and only allowed a hit. “I was really proud of the guys in this one. We probably faced the best arm of the tournament and we battled and got him out of the game in the second and ended up taking control,” noted Main. The Hustlers won their Sunday “get away” matchup with the Raleigh-Durham based TPA Nationals by a score of 4-3. Matt Kulikowski pitched four innings of four-hit baseball with seven strikeouts. He surrendered three runs (one earned). Dustin Isanogle pitched the final three scoreless frames and only allowed two hits and had three strikeouts.

With the exception of a couple of players the Hustler bats were mostly quiet over the weekend, and some of that had to do with the quality of arms faced. Kulikowski was 5-12 (.417) with four RBIs. Bradshaw finished 5-13 (.385) with five RBIs, and Isanogle went 3-8 (.375) with three runs scored.

Monday, July 2
14U Hustlers Capture Elite Baseball Championship at Millersville University

Elite Baseball Champs

For the better part of the summer, the 14U Frederick Hustlers have been knocking at Championship’s door only to have it unanswered. Most recently, there was a third place finish at Perfect Game’s 22-team North Carolina Super Qualifier and a runner-up finish at Ripken’s Highlight Reel tournament in Aberdeen. Sunday afternoon - with a heat index reaching 104 degrees – the Hustlers drew from those near misses and knocked the door down while capturing the Championship at Elite Baseball’s 14U Summer Blast at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA.

Facing elimination in their semifinal game against a talented Batter’s Box Elite squad out of the Collegeville, PA the Hustlers would not be denied. The two teams had fought to a 5-5 tie in an early seeding game on Saturday morning and the PA team had other ideas on Sunday morning. The usually strong and reliable Nick DeLisi (Good Counsel) started for the Hustlers but simply didn’t have it. DeLisi surrendered three hits, two walks and a hit batter and the Hustlers quickly found themselves in a 4-0 hole after a half inning of play. Facing a tough Batter’s Box arm, the good guys got one back in the bottom half when Colby Patterson (Good Counsel) opened with a sharp single and Matt Kulikowski (Boonsboro) doubled. “That answer, albeit one run was huge,” commented Coach Main. The Hustlers then went to the bullpen for Matt Cunningham (Linganore) and the big right-hander proceeded to strike out the one, two and three hitters in order. Momentum had changed hands. “Matt was so good. His fastball had life and his breaking ball was sharp. He was dealing. The question was whether we could score enough,” noted Main. That answer came right away as the Hustlers scored four runs of their own in the second to take a 5-4 lead. The big blow was a 2 RBI single by DeLisi. The Hustlers added one more in the fifth when Cunningham doubled and Adam Dellamura (Walkersville) singled. Cunningham worked five scoreless innings and only allowed four hits and struck out six. Dellamura threw a scoreless seventh and the Hustlers had escaped with a tough, 6-4 win.

The Championship game was over shortly after it started. The Hustlers were matched up against the #1 seeded OTP (Own The Plate) Railsplitters out of State College, PA. The Railsplitters had outscored their four opponents in the tournament by a margin of 46-10. The Hustlers batted around in the top of the first with a big RBI single by Cunningham and RBI doubles by Tyler Prather (Frederick) and Dalton Williams (Catoctin). The rout was on. DeLisi and Dellamura shared pitching duties and both were effective.

The Hustlers got great pitching throughout the tournament. Dellamura and Dustin Isanogle (Catoctin) each tossed two scoreless innings in an 11-0 win over the Diamond Pros (Baltimore) on Saturday morning. Tyler Prather tossed an abbreviated no-hitter with two strikeouts against the PA Playmakers out of West Chester,PA in the first game on Sunday. Williams and Patterson both threw well in the Saturday game against Batter’s Box Elite.

Offensively, the Hustlers got production throughout the lineup. Colby Patterson hit .500 and scored 11 runs out of the leadoff spot. Cunningham hit .500 with six RBIs. Matt Kulikowski was 6-14 (.429) with 11 RBIs. DeLisi was 6-15 (.400) with 8 RBIs. Gabe Torres (Clarksburg) was 4-11 with seven RBIs. Jack Putnam (Thomas Johnson) hit .333 and Dustin Isanogle hit .300.

Isanogle caught all three games on Sunday in the heat. “You wish you had more Dustin’s on the team. He brings so much energy, he loves to play and hates to lose. That’s a pretty good combination,” noted Main.

The Hustlers travel to Cary, NC (USA National Baseball Training Complex) this weekend for the 14U Cup.

Thursday, June 28
9U Hustlers Finish Second in Pittsburgh Tournament

9Us Finish Second in Pittsburgh

The 9U Hustlers traveled to the No Offseason Sports complex in Pittsburgh, PA to compete in the Knuckleball Knockout tournament this past weekend. The Hustlers had to be quick learners in preparation for this tournament playing MLB rules with lead-offs, balks, and the infield fly rule.

Saturday’s early game pitted the Hustlers against the Cannon Mac Blaze who brought with them an impressive record of 32-4 against the toughest teams in Western PA. Chase Jones was extraordinary on the mound for the Hustlers allowing just three runs on five hits and only walking one. Damon Baker was equally imposing in relief allowing just two runs on two hits and one walk. The Cannon Mac pitching was some of the best the young Hustlers have faced all season, but the disciplined Hustlers hitters were able to score seven runs on six hits outlasting the Blaze for a 7-5 victory. Landon Rosenberg and Chase Jones both had multiple hits for the Hustlers picking up a combined 3 RBIs, while Jackson Raymond and Alex Simmons were responsible for the remaining RBIs. The highlight of the game was a tape measure moonshot by Chase Jones that traveled well over 230’ before coming to rest.

In the second game, the Hustlers matched-up with Freeport. The Hustlers came out swinging in the top of the first frame scoring 6 runs and never looked back. Mickey Cammarata led the Hustlers with three hits and three RBIs. Ryan Coulby tallied 5 RBIs for the game with 4 of those coming on one swing with a grand slam in the 1st inning. Luke Wood drove in another 2 runs for the Hustlers. Mickey Cammarata and Landon Rosenberg worked effectively on the mound for the Hustlers. Eventually winning 15-8, the Hustlers took care of business on their way to the top seed going into Sunday.

Sunday’s semi-final game had the Hustlers facing the Guardian Angels from Canonsburg, PA. Again, the Hustlers bats were on fire. Damon Baker, Jackson Raymond, and Landon Rosenberg each hit homeruns while Chase Jones went yard twice for the Hustlers. Seven of ten Hustlers batters had multiple hits for the game. Damon Baker and Jackson Raymond combined to allow just three hits in the game.

The championship game was a rematch between the Hustlers and the Cannon Mac Blaze. Unfortunately, the Hustlers fell flat in the final against Cannon Mac’s ace, Brayden Radue. Radue held the Hustlers to just two hits en route to a shutout victory for the Blaze.

“I am proud of the way the boys played this weekend. We were challenged both by very talented opponents and a different set of rules. Our preparation this season has allowed us to be prepared for almost any test we face.” commented Coach Raymond.

Monday, June 25
14U Hustlers Drop Championship Game at Ripken Highlight Reel Tournament

14Us Finish Second at Ripken

The 14U Frederick Hustlers let one get away. Playing in the Championship game of the Ripken Highlight Reel tournament, the Hustlers held what seemed to be a commanding 4-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. The Hustlers, the #1 seed after pool play on Friday and Saturday, had pitched and pounded their way to the title game. Adam Dellamura took the ball and was sensational. Coming off an arm injury in the early spring, Dellamura was limited to 70 pitches and he pitched scoreless baseball for four innings before hitting his pitch count. The Hustlers went to the pen in the fifth for nine outs and this time, things didn’t work out. Two walks, a hit batter and three hits gave the solid NY Storm squad life and when the inning was over, the four run lead was down to one. The Storm scored three more in the sixth on a single, walk and a double and the Hustlers quickly found themselves behind 6-4. Showing some grit of their own, the Hustlers answered with two runs in the bottom half to tie the game at six. Unfortunately, things were not meant to be as the squad from Long Island New York scored four times in the seventh to capture the Championship. The Hustlers beat the NY Hurricanes 6-4 Friday night behind four strong innings from Nick DeLisi and then dismantled the NJ Readhawks Elite behind a complete game from Tyler Prather 12-1 on Saturday morning. The Hustlers faced the Hurricane team once again Sunday afternoon in the semifinals and this time, the Black and Gold put it all together. Matt Cunningham pitched a complete game two-hitter with three strikeouts.

Offensively, Matt Kulikowski was unconscious at the plate. Kulikowski was 10-13 with three triples and two doubles. “That was fun to watch. Fastball, curveball – it didn’t matter. More importantly, he was hitting the ball to all fields. He’s a strong kid with a big upside,” noted Coach Main. Matt Cunningham also had a great tournament. Cunningham was 8-11 (.727) with three triples and a double. Jack Putnam was 5-9 (.556) with a home run, while Gabe Torres was 3-7 (.429), DeLisi was 4-11 (.364) and Dustin Isanogle was 4-12 (.333).

The Hustlers head to Millersville University for the Elite Baseball Summer Blast this coming weekend.

Monday, June 25
12U Hustlers Win Future Stars Tournament Championship

The 12U Hustlers traveled to Hershey to compete in the Future Stars Father’s Day tournament this past weekend. Game one had the Hustlers squared up against Eagle Baseball Club. The Hustlers pounded 13 hits in 3 innings and went on to win game via mercy rule by score of 11-0. Riley Smith hit two home runs and drove in 7 for the Hustlers. Carlos Caraballo had 3 hits, while Ryan Maxey had 2 hits. Fredy Diaz and Ryan Jones each doubled. Aidan Simmons and Fredy Diaz pitched great to shutdown EBC. Game 2 had the Hustlers facing a good Maryland Stars and Stripes team, a team the Hustlers struggled with back in April down in Richmond, VA. However, this time the Hustler bats took over with 15 hits in 3 innings, as the Hustlers again won game via mercy rule by score of 15-0. Aiden Dubetsky, Ryan Jones, Riley Smith, Fredy Diaz, Carlos Caraballo, and Andrew Raymond each had 2 hits. Dubetsky doubled twice while Jones, Riley Smith, Diaz, Ryan Maxey, and Andrew Raymond each doubled once. Smith and Jaxson Wood each hit home runs in the game. Caraballo pitched 3 shutout innings for the good guys. Game 3 was more of the same for the Hustlers, as the Hustler bats remained on fire with 16 hits, and a 23-3 drubbing of the Ridgely Raptors. Riley Smith had 3 hits, while Ryan Jones, Carlos Caraballo, Camren Baker, and Aiden Simmons each had 2 hits. Aiden Dubetsky doubled twice, while Smith doubled once. Andrew Raymond and Camren Baker shutdown the Raptors on the mound. The Semi-final game had the Hustlers facing the Virginia Stars. The Hustler bats slowed a little in this game, but they still mustered out 10 hits and went on to beat the Stars by a score of 10-1. Ryan Maxey, Carlos Caraballo, and Jaxson Wood each had 2 hits to lead the way. Ryan Maxey hit a Home Run, while Jones, Baker, and Wood each doubled. Riley Smith and Jaxson Wood pitched very well, limiting the Stars to 3 hits. The Championship game featured the Hustlers and the Harleysville Hornets. The Hornets had to beat a very good Mid State Mavericks team to get here. The Hustler bats just remained on fire, and left little doubt in this one as the Hustlers went on to win the championship game by a score of 13-3. Aiden Dubetsky led the way with 3 hits, while Ryan Jones, Riley Smith, and Carlos Caraballo each had 2 hits. Dubetsky, Jones, Smith, Fredy Diaz, Caraballo, and Jaxson Wood each doubled. Ryan Maxey pitched 3 great innings on mound, and Ryan Jones finished up the last inning. The Hustlers over the 5 games held a team batting average of .593 for the tournament, and outscored their opponents by a score of 72-7. The Hustlers pitching was awesome for the weekend, and the defense committed only 1 error the entire weekend.

Monday, June 18
Cunningham Dominant in Round-Robin Sweep

The 14U Frederick Hustlers completed a Saturday sweep with convincing wins over the Gettysburg Warhawks and Cumberland Post 13 Junior Legion at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Matt Cunningham continued to show why he’s one of the best at his age group with a dominant, 69-pitch performance in an 8-0 win over Cumberland. Cunningham tossed a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and no walks. He also helped himself at the plate with a 2-2 game that included a single, double, walk and two RBIs. Adam Dellamura and Jack Putnam chipped in with two hits each.

The opener was equally impressive as the Hustlers downed the Gettysburg Warhawks 15-1 in a game shortened by the run-rule. Tyler Prather pitched four innings and surrendered one run on three hits. Prather walked six and struck out six. Dustin Isanogle pitched a clean fifth inning in relief. Colby Patterson, Isanogle, Matt Kulikowski and Gabe Torres all had two hits. Isanogle had four RBIs and Kulikowski had two. Cunningham added a two-run double.

The Hustlers, sporting a 9-3 record, are at Ripken this coming weekend for the Highlight Reel tournament.

Thursday, June 14
14U Hustlers Turn Back KMS Baseball Academy 4-0

Strong pitching and defense carried the 14U Frederick Hustlers to victory Wednesday evening at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Seven different pitchers tossed an inning and limited the KMS Baseball Academy to one hit with nine strikeouts in a 4-0 victory. Tyler Prather, Matt Cunningham, Matt Kulikowski, Gabe Torres, Dustin Isanogle, Colby Patterson and Ryan Bennett were all effective. Patterson led the home team with two hits while Kulikowski chipped in with a run-scoring laser to right center. Dalton Williams had the only other Hustler hit. The win improves the Hustlers record to 7-3.

The Hustlers play host Saturday to Cumberland Post 13 Junior Legion and the Gettysburg Warhawks in round-robin action. The Hustlers and Warhawks square off at 10:00am, followed by Cumberland and the Warhawks at 12:30pm. The Hustlers then play Cumberland at 3:00pm to close out the day. All games are scheduled to be played at Middletown High School.

Monday, June 11
14U Hustlers Finish Third at Perfect Game SUPER25 North Carolina Super Qualifier

The 14U Frederick Hustlers rode strong pitching performances from Nick DeLisi, Tyler Prather and Matt Cunningham to advance to the Final Four of the 22-team Perfect Game Super Qualifier in Pineville, NC over the weekend. DeLisi set the tone in game one with a two-hit, nine strikeout masterpiece against a good Virginia REVO team out of Hampton Roads, VA. The Hustlers held a slim 4-1 lead thru six before exploding for 11 runs in the final frame for a 15-1 victory. Matt Kulikowski and DeLisi had two hits while Cunningham and Gabe Torres each doubled. Tyler Prather got the ball in game two and limited the Elite 9 squad out of Rock Hill, SC to four hits in an 8-0 win shortened by the run rule. Prather pounded the strike zone and struck out four in five innings. Colby Patterson, Dustin Isanogle, DeLisi and Dalton Williams led the winners with two hits each. Saturday’s strong play allowed the Hustlers to grab the #1 seed and a first round bye heading into Championship Sunday. Sunday’s opener was a classic pitcher’s duel and the Hustlers Matt Cunningham was up to the challenge and didn’t disappoint. Cunningham tossed a two-hitter with two strikeouts against a very good Triple P Prospects team out of Norwood, NC. The Hustlers only mustered three hits of their own and the big one was a run-scoring double to the left field corner by Cunningham. DeLisi and Kyle Sanger had the only other hits. The Hustlers advanced to the semifinals where they ended up on the wrong end of an 11-4 game to the tournament champion South Charlotte Panthers. Colby Patterson and Dustin Isanogle split the pitching duties thru six innings and pitched well - keeping the Hustlers within striking distance. The Hustlers were only down 4-2 entering the 7th when the wheels came off the cart. Isanogle tired and opened the inning by walking the first two hitters before giving way to relief, and the Hustlers had nothing left in the pitching tank. The Panthers scored seven runs on three hits and four walks in the top of the seventh. The Hustlers showed grit and responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half. Sanger had a double and a single for the Hustlers while Williams tripled and Torres doubled. The South Charlotte Panthers beat the Canes 10-2 in the title game.

The 14U Hustlers return to action Wednesday, June 13 at Middletown High School against the Frederick American Junior Legion. First pitch is set for 6:00pm.

Thursday, June 7
14U Hustlers Defeat Edge Baseball 2-1

The Frederick Hustlers and Edge Baseball out of Chambersburg, PA collided Wednesday at Governor Thomas Johnson High School and the result was a great evening of baseball. The Hustlers prevailed in a 2-1 squeaker but the storyline was one of outstanding pitching and defense for both teams. “That was refreshing to see and just what we needed before heading down to North Carolina this weekend. Seldom do you see so many good arms in a 14U baseball game,” noted Coach Main. The Hustlers threw a different pitcher in every inning of the seven inning affair while Edge used four. Nick DeLisi, Matt Cunningham, Matt Kulikowski, Dalton Williams, Colby Patterson, Dustin Isanogle and Tyler Prather were all effective. Each team only had three hits with Kulikowski, Prather and Kyle Sanger recording singles for the Hustlers.

The Hustlers are back in action this weekend in North Carolina for the Perfect Game Super25 14U Super Qualifier. All games are available via GameChanger.

Tuesday, June 5
14U Hustlers Imperfect at Perfect Game

The 14U Hustlers traveled to Richmond, VA for the Perfect Game 2022 Grads Richmond Spring Championship and dropped two close Saturday games before seeing the tournament cancelled because of heavy rain. The proverbial alarm clock misfired for Saturday’s 8:00am game. Nick DeLisi got the start on the mound and faced five batters and never got an out. Matt Kulikowski came in and did his job but the Hustlers found themselves playing from behind. Team Elite MVP scored five runs to take a 5-0 lead. Matt Cunningham started the third but also struggled with his control. Ryan Bennett rescued Cunningham in the 3rd and pitched a scoreless 4th. Meanwhile, the Hustlers found life and got back in it with five of their own in the bottom of the 3rd. Dustin Isanogle singled and Colby Patterson reached safely on a sacrifice bunt. After a couple of misplayed balls, Gabe Torres ripped a double to deep left and DeLisi followed with an RBI single. The game was tied going into the final frame when Tyler Prather struggled on the hill - allowing three consecutive batters to reach safely.  Prather hit a batter, and allowed a single and a walk. Two of those runners ended up scoring for the eventual 7-5 final score. The Hustlers outhit Team Elite MVP 8-2; Kulikowski and DeLisi each had two hits.

The Hustlers played inspired baseball in game two against a very good VA Breeze Elite squad. Cunningham got the ball and was spectacular on the mound. He tossed five shutout innings before reaching his pitch count. He only allowed two hits and recorded four strikeouts. The Hustlers pushed across a run in the fourth when DeLisi, Adam Dellamura and Torres singled consecutively. Kulikowski got the ball in the sixth but couldn’t find his rhythm and walked two straight batters. Isanogle entered and was impressive. The Hustlers escaped a potentially devastating inning with a tied, 1-1 game. After failing to score in the top of the seventh, Isanogle recorded two outs before a walk, balk and single did the good guys in. The Hustlers scratched out five hits – two by DeLisi and one each by Kulikowski, Dellamura and Torres.

“We (coaching staff) were definitely disappointed with the effort in game one but we challenged some kids and they did what good players do – they stepped up and played with energy and purpose, and that’s always good to see,” noted Coach Main.

Saturday, May 26
14U Hustlers Kick Off Season with DH Sweep

The Frederick Hustlers knocked off the rust and swept the Central Penn Renegades in the opening weekend of baseball Saturday at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Nick DeLisi, Matt Kulikowski and Ryan Bennett combined for a perfect game in a 14-0 win shortened by the run-rule. DeLisi and Kulikowski each tossed two innings with two strikeouts, and Bennett pitched a solid fifth with one strikeout. The Hustlers scored eight runs in the first inning to eliminate any question in this one. The big hits were Kulikowski’s bases loaded, two-run double, Tyler Prather two-RBI single, and Colby Patterson's laced, two-run double. The Hustlers recorded nine hits in their four innings of offense. Adam Dellamura, Dustin Isanogle, Kulikowski, Prather, Gabe Torres, DeLisi, Jack Putnam, Colby Patterson and Ryan Bennett each had a hit.

Game two was more of the same. Matt Cunningham, Prather and Torres shared the pitching duties and all were effective. Isanogle, Patterson and Kyle Sanger each had two hits in the eleven hit attack. Kulikowski tripled and Prather doubled. Cunningham, Torres, and DeLisi each singled.

“It was good to get back on the field but we have plenty to work on. It wasn’t as if we played well. The other team was just a little outmanned,” noted Coach Main.

The Hustlers host the Frederick American Junior Legion team on Thursday, May 31, 6:00pm, at Governor Thomas Johnson High School before travelling to Richmond, VA on the weekend (June 1-3) for the Perfect Game 2022 Grads Spring Championship.

Thursday, May 24
8U Hustlers Drop Heartbreaker

Photos courtesy of Ron Dermady

Irony found its way into 8U baseball last night in Sykesville. Playing flawless baseball defensively for five innings and taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, it was the defense that let down the young Hustlers and allowed the Sykesville Cyclones to escape with a heartbreaking 5-4 win. Four errors by four different players doomed the black and gold, and scarred what was otherwise an outstanding evening of baseball. “We’ve been on both sides of that last inning collapse so while it stings a little, I’m proud of the plays that we made throughout the game,” noted Coach Main. It started in the first when Cooper Bell ran down a fly ball in center field. Then in the third with two runners on and two outs, RJ Dermady snagged a line drive missile at second that was headed to the gap for extra bases. The Cyclones threatened again in the fourth and had the bases loaded with two outs when Carter Jackson knocked down a scorching liner and got the force at third. Evin Kloster followed with his own highlight reel play. With the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth, Kloster fielded a slow roller at third and with his momentum coming forward, threw a dart to Cody Smith at the plate for the final out of the inning. Unfortunately, it was the routine plays in the bottom of the sixth that caused the Hustlers problems.

Smith, Jackson and Bell shared the pitching duties and all pitched well. Jackson, Kloster and Smith each had two hits. Clay Hamilton doubled in the second.

Friday, May 18
9U Hustlers Finish Second at Ripken Mother's Day Tournament

9U Hustlers Second at Ripken Mother's Day Tournament

The 9U Hustlers traveled to the Ripken Experience in Aberdeen to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Saturday’s early game pitted the Hustlers against the Delaware Valley Senators (Philadelphia, PA). The first six innings proved to be a pitcher’s duel between the Senators and Hustlers aces. The Hustlers only allowed one hit through the first six behind the pitching of Damon Baker and Jackson Raymond. With the game knotted at 2 runs a piece, the top of the seventh started with a runner on 2nd base and the Hustlers turn at the plate. The Hustlers moved Darian Gaskins, who had been placed on second to start the inning, to third on a hard-hit ball by Ryan Coulby. Jackson Raymond then brought Gaskins into score and moved Coulby to third with a well-placed bunt single. Alex Simmons scorched a ball down the third base line scoring Coulby and advancing Raymond to 3rd. Grady Beaver hit a 1-0 pitch into centerfield scoring both Raymond and Simmons. It only took Beaver three pitches into Luke Wood’s at bat to score with some excellent baserunning. After drawing a walk, Wood was also able to steal his way around the bases bringing the score to 8-2. The Hustlers were able to close out the home half of the 7th by only allowing 4 batters to the plate on their way to an 8-3 victory.

In the late game on Saturday, the Hustlers squared off against the South Jersey Warriors (Swedesboro, NJ). Again, the Hustlers pitchers were in top form. Chase Jones and Mickey Cammarata combined to allow just 3 hits over 4-1/2 innings while allowing no runs. The Hustlers defense was also solid converting on 11 out of 13 groundballs into outs. The Hustlers needed only four trips to the plate to score 12 runs turning away the Warriors by the run rule. Ryan Coulby and Alex Simmons both had multiple hits to lead the way. Damon Baker and Ryan Coulby both homered for the Hustlers.

Sunday found the Hustlers earning the #2 seed and a quarterfinal matchup with the Medford Renegades (Medford, NJ). After allowing an unearned run in the first, the Hustlers offense took over. By the end of the 4th, the Hustlers held a commanding 11-6 lead on their way to a 14-9 victory. Jackson Raymond and Damon Baker handled the pitching duties holding the Renegades in check combining to strike out 10, walking none, and only allowing 6 earned runs. Damon Baker and Alex Simmons led the Hustlers with two hits each. Ryan Coulby and Jackson Raymond both homered for the Hustlers.

The Hustlers continued their hot play in their semifinal pairing against #3 seeded Eagle Baseball Club (Camp Hill, PA) putting crooked numbers up in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings en route to a 13-7 victory and a trip to the championship game. Chase Jones and Mickey Cammarata worked efficiently on the mound for the Hustlers while the defense was steady only committing one error. Chase Jones and Darian Gaskins collected three hits each while Grady Beaver had a pair of hits as well.

In the final, the Hustlers faced off against a formidable Baserats Baseball (Staten Island, NY) team. Mickey Cammarata, Damon Baker, Chase Jones, and Colton Facine shared pitching duties for the Hustlers. Damon Baker collected the Hustlers only hit against the Baserats ace, John Gano, who went the distance for the Baserats. While the Hustlers came up short in the end, they fought until the final out and showed tremendous growth as a team. “Nothing excites me more than to see our team executing things in games that we work on in practice. We have a great group of coachable players and that, more than anything else, encourages me about this team’s potential.” Noted Coach Raymond following a long Mother’s Day in Aberdeen.

Monday, May 14
8U Hustlers Saved by the Bell

Photo courtesy of Ron Dermady

Cooper Bell turned in a spectacular all-around performance on Saturday as the Hustlers beat a good Elkridge Hurricanes team 12-9. Bell was 3-4 at the plate with a double but his bases-loaded, two-run single in the top of the third was a difference maker. He then came up big on the mound when it looked like the Hustlers might squander a lead in the fifth. Entering the game with the bases loaded and the Hustlers clinging to a 12-8 lead, Bell recorded back-to-back strikeouts after a fine defensive play by Carter Jackson. The bottom of the sixth was more of the same. Bell caught a pop-up and fielded a comebacker to record two quick outs. The Hurricanes refused to go away quietly. A walk and a triple scored a run before Bell got another punch-out to end the game.

Cody Smith pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Smith was helped by a double-play in both innings. With the bases loaded in the first and one out, Kai Akins fielded a hard-hit grounder, touched the runner going to second and threw to Clay Hamilton at first. Jackson then snagged a line drive in the second and threw to first for a double play. Jackson also pitched two solid innings; he struck out four but gave up three runs in the fourth when his defense let him down.

Bell and Jackson had three hits and scored two runs, Evin Kloster had two hits including a double and scored two runs, and Garrett Touchet had two hits. Smith and Tyce Munger contributed one hit a piece.

The Hustlers are back in action Wednesday evening when they play host to the Western Howard County Renegades. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm.

Wednesday, May 9
Raiders Topple Hustlers in 8U Matchup

Photo courtesy of Ron Dermady

The Hustler home fields were full of action last night as the 8U and 9U both hosted games. The 8Us welcomed the undefeated HCYP Raiders who came into the contest 8-0 and were limiting opponents to less than three runs per game. HYCP jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first on a monster shot to left field by the Raiders’s cleanup hitter. The Hustlers stranded two in the bottom half of the first as Evin Kloster walked and Cooper Bell singled. Cody Smith settled in and struck out three in the top of the second and then the excitement began. With one out in the bottom of the second, Garrett Touchet got things started with a walk. Tyce Munger followed with a walk of his own after a second out was recorded. Carter Jackson singled sharply to right field to set the table for Evin Kloster. Kloster stepped to the plate and hit an absolute bomb to right center - the ball bounded off the fence on one hop - and the shot cleared the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. The visitors were stunned but got out of the inning without further damage as Smith singled but was stranded on first.

Energized and up 4-2 Kai Akins took the mound and after striking the first two hitters the Raiders scored two runs to tie the game. A great catch by Smith ended the inning. The Hustlers wasted a single by Munger and failed to score in the bottom of the third. Coach Patterson gave the ball to Kloster in the fourth and HCYP tallied two runs on one hit. Unfortunately, the defense made a few mistakes but Kloster battled and threw strikes. Down 6-4 the Hustlers scored two runs to tie the game in the last of the fourth on singles by Kloster, Clay Hamilton, Bell and Touchet. Bell then entered with the score tied at six and despite striking out two Raiders, the visitors managed to score three runs. HCYP brought in their hard throwing closer and he limited the home team to a single by Carter Jackson in the fifth. The 8U Hustlers came up on the short end in a 10-6 final.

Tyce Munger reached base in all three of his plate appearances. Hamilton and RJ Dermady played solid defensively in several positions. The evening provided a chance for a couple of new pitching opportunities and a chance for several boys to play multiple positions. “We are making great progress and showing incredible improvement – I am excited for what’s to come,” noted Coach Patterson.

Monday, May 7
8U Hustlers Down PBC Eagles

photo courtesy of Ron Dermady

The 8U Frederick Hustlers took another step in the right direction on Sunday at Yellow Springs. Down 4-2 to the PBC Eagles (Pasadena, MD) in the bottom of the fourth and facing a steady rain, the young Hustlers responded with grit and resiliency. With one out, Tyce Munger took a fastball off the elbow, regrouped, and headed to first base. Landry Fowler followed with a quality AB and drew a walk. Carter Jackson then stepped to the plate and hit a bomb over the left fielder’s head for an inside the park home run. “He’s special,” Coach Main noted. “You kind of catch yourself smiling when he hits a ball like that because you get to watch him run and he can fly.” The Hustler’s 3-hole hitter, Evin Kloster, than did what he does so often. He drove in Jackson with a sharp single of his own. The Hustlers had grabbed a 5-4 lead and turned the game over to Fowler who was sensational on the mound. Fowler struck out five of the six batters he faced. The other out was recorded on a nice unassisted play by first baseman Clay Hamilton. The Hustlers gave themselves some breathing room with a four spot in the fifth. Hamilton walked before Munger registered a swinging bunt single to third. After a walk to Fowler, Jackson stepped to the plate and delivered once again – this time a line drive double to right. Cody Smith followed with an RBI fielder’s choice to the right side.

Smith got the start on the mound and was unusually wild. He gave up three runs in the first on four hits and a hit batter. After walking the bases loaded in the second, Jackson came in and slammed the door with two strikeouts and a fielder’s choice. Jackson then tossed the 3rd and 4th innings and didn’t give up a run. He struck out seven in his three innings of work.

Offensively, Jackson and Kloster led the way. Jackson had four hits and Kloster had two. One of Kloster’s hits was a run-scoring triple in the third. Fowler and Munger each had a single. Fowler and Jackson each scored three run while Munger scored two.

The 8U Hustlers are back in action on Wednesday evening against the HCYP Raiders.

Monday, April 30
8U Hustlers Drop Close One to LF Archers

On a cold and windy day at the beautiful Linthicum-Ferndale baseball complex, the 8U Hustlers came up on the short end of a close game. Cody Smith was brilliant once again on the mound pitching the first two innings and only allowing one run (unearned). He had three strikeouts and was helped out by two beautiful plays from Evin Kloster. Down 1-0 entering the third with two outs, Kloster stepped to the plate and launched a missile to straight away center that hit off the top of the fence for a standup triple. “Evin hit that ball about as well as you’ll see any 8 year-old,” noted Coach Main. Smith brought Kloster home with a single to the right side as the Hustlers evened the game at one. Carter Jackson entered the third inning on the mound and was dealing aces. He struck out two LF hitters and caught a pop out for the third out. It looked like momentum was changing hands but the young Hustlers just couldn’t get anything going offensively. Jackson went back out in the fourth and struck and two of the first three hitters before suddenly running into control issues. Before the inning was over the Archers had scored three runs on only one hit. Kloster pitched the fifth and gave up one run. He struck out one and was the recipient of a nice fielding play from Clay Hamilton. “That’s a really nice team we played and our guys hung in there. We just seemed to have a little more trouble adjusting to the cold,” Main said. RJ Dermady, Kai Akins and Cody Smith shared the catching duties and all three were solid.

The young Hustlers are back in action on Wednesday at Yellow Springs against the Elkridge Hurricanes. First pitch is scheduled for 5:45pm.

Note:  Matt Cunningham (Linganore), Dustin Isanogle (Catoctin) and Colby Patterson (Our Lady of Good Counsel) assisted Coach Patterson and Coach Main with the coaching duties on their off day from High School baseball.  All are 9th graders and members of the 14U Hustlers.  "It's 45 degrees and the winds blowing 20mph and these guys are running around in full uniform like their 8U counterparts.  We preach baseball has to be fun; this was fun!"

Monday, April 23
8U Hustlers Shock Lake Shore

The young 8U Hustlers did a lot of growing up on Sunday in Pasadena, MD. Trailing 10-6 entering the final inning, they displayed that “no quit” attitude that’s become a staple of Hustler baseball over the past 19 years. The Hustlers sandwiched walks to Evin Kloster, Clay Hamilton, and Cooper Bell around a double by Garrett Touchet, and singles by Tyce Munger and Kai Akins. “Garrett’s hit was huge,” noted Coach Main. “He fell behind 0-2; there’s a reason we call him G-Money.” When the inning was over, the Hustlers had an 11-10 lead and leaned on Kloster to shut the door. He did just that. Kloster got a groundout to RJ Dermady at second for the opening out. Bell then confidently caught a popup wide of third base for the second out. After a base on balls, one of Lake Shore’s better hitters walked to the plate. He had doubled and singled earlier in the game. Kloster was up for the challenge as he reached back for a little extra and struck out the hitter to end the game. “Evin is a competitor. He wants to be on the mound and you like to see that,” noted Coach Main.

Kloster actually entered with one out in the 5th after a Lake Shore double had extended the home team’s lead to 10-6. On Kloster’s first pitch, Carter Jackson made a nifty play at first snagging a line drive and doubled up the Lake Shore player at second to end the inning.

The Hustlers got off to a great start in the first inning. Kai Akins got hit by the pitch and Jackson showed why he’s one of the better players around at 8U. Jackson drilled a shot against the fence in left center for a two run home run. Kloster and Munger also singled in the inning to go with several base on balls to grab a 6-0 lead.

Cody Smith, Jackson, Dermady and Kloster handled the pitching duties and all threw well. Smith was particularly effective; he had five strikeouts in two innings of work.

Offensively, the Hustler bats were hot. Jackson, Kloster, Touchet and Munger each had two hits while Akins, Hamilton and Bell each had one. Kloster reached safely in all four of his ABs and scored two runs.  Hamilton was on base three times and also scored twice.

Note: Matt Cunningham’s coaching debut was a successful one. Cunningham plays SS and pitches for Main’s 14U Hustler team and is a freshman on Linganore High School’s varsity team. “Matt gets a day off from HS baseball and ends up giving back.  Looking over and seeing him coach 3B was fun for me and I know that he loves working with these 8U guys,” noted Coach Main.

Wednesday, April 18
8U Hustlers Capture First Win at WHC

Leadoff hitter Kai Akins set the tone for the young Hustlers in the first inning against the hosts from WHC. Akins got on base with a leadoff walk and the Hustlers scored two runs in the top of the inning. Evin Kloster took to the hill in the last half of the first and was brilliant as he was backed by a dazzling double play by Carter Jackson, who fielded a ground ball at first, tagged the runner and beat the batter to the bag. The second inning was more of the same for the visitors. With two runners on base Kloster gave himself some breathing room with an absolute missile to right center for a three run homer. Ahead 5-0 a few miscues in the field coupled with walks got Kloster in trouble but excellent relief work by Carter Jackson (two strikeouts to end the inning) put out the fire. The top of the third inning spelled trouble for the home team as every hustler reached safely at least once in the inning while 16 players batted and nine runs were on the board . Tyce Munger drew 2 walks in the inning and 4 total in the game while Garrett “G-Money” Touchet singled twice in the inning. Cooper Bell hit a sharp single and walked as well. Carter Jackson again shut down WHC in the bottom of the inning as the Hustlers lead 14-2 after three. Cody Smith dazzled the WHC hitters in the fourth. Stellar defensive play by Touchet who fielded a grounder at third with a strong throw across the diamond to Clay Hamilton as well as a nice play made by RJ Dermady at second base ended the game. Dermady, Akins and Munger split the catching duties. Kloster led the winners with 4 hits and Jackson had three as the Hustlers banged out 12 hits in five innings.

Wednesday, April 18
9U Hustlers Finish Second at Mutiny in the Park

Mutiny in the Park Runner-up

The 9U Hustlers competed in the Mutiny at The Park tournament in Olney, Maryland this past weekend. The 9U bracket was loaded with some of the best teams from Maryland and Delaware. Although the weather was miserable and cold all weekend, the 9U Hustlers were playing like it was 85 degrees and sunny.

Saturday started off with the Hustlers playing the Damascus Cougars. Damon Baker started things off for the Hustlers on the hill pitching two innings of shutout baseball and fanning two batters. The bottom half of the 1st saw the Hustlers batting through their lineup while scoring 7 runs. The Hustlers continued their hot hitting plating 18 batters in the bottom of the 2nd adding another 13 runs to the board and highlighted by homeruns by both Ryan Coulby and Chase Jones. Jackson Raymond took the mound for the Hustlers in the 3rd and 4th innings allowing two runs while striking out five batters. The Hustler’s half of the 3rd was more of the same with 16 batters coming to the plate while scoring another 10 runs. The Hustlers were able to pull off the early defeat winning by run rule collecting 17 hits along the way. Both pitchers were very efficient throwing mostly strikes on very few pitches. Darian Gaskins, Alex Simmons, and Jake Rydzewski each had 3 hits. Gaskins collected a triple and two doubles.

The young Hustlers faced off next against an impressive Delaware Rockets team. Chase Jones got the start on the mound throwing two innings while only allowing two runs, striking out four, and not allowing a walk. Mickey Cammarata worked the 3rd and 4th innings for the Hustlers surrendering five runs and striking out three. The Hustlers found themselves down 5-0 entering the bottom half of the 3rd before they could get their offense going. The inning started with walks by both Damon Baker and Colton Facine. Mickey Cammarata loaded the bases with a sharp line drive to left field. Chase Jones followed with a frozen rope to center field scoring the first Hustlers run of the day. After a walk to Darian Gaskins scoring another Hustlers run, the young Hustlers showed some savvy base running scoring two additional runs before the inning ended. In the bottom of the 4th, the Hustlers were able put some distance between them and the team from Delaware. Following walks by Grady Beaver and Luke Wood to start the inning, Alex Simmons drove a two strike pitch into right field for a double that allowed two runs to score easily. The Hustlers weren’t finished as only a few batters later Damon Baker drove in another run on a bullet hit to center field knotting the game at 7-7. Following a single by Mickey Cammarata, Chase Jones was able to bring in Damon and Mickey with a single to center. Jackson Raymond pitched the 5th allowing one run, while striking out two, and allowing no walks on just 16 pitches. Damon Baker assumed the closer role in the 6th needing only 14 pitches to shutout the Rockets batters allowing no runs, no hits, and striking out the final batter of the inning to seal the victory for the Hustlers. Following the team’s performance on day one, Coach Raymond commented “I am really pleased with the team baseball we played today. Everyone contributed and played a role in each game.”

Sunday found the Hustlers as the #3 seed. As luck would have it, their 1st game of the day was a rematch from Saturday’s game against the Delaware Rockets. Damon Baker took the mound for the Hustlers in the 1st facing just three batters and striking out two. Unlike the day before, the Hustlers got their bats going early. Mickey Cammarata got things going with a sharp line drive to left field. Chase Jones followed with a hard hit ground ball through the hole on the left side scoring Mickey, who had stolen 2nd base on the previous pitch. Darian Gaskins was able to draw a four pitch walk. Ryan Coulby got in on the action with a line drive to centerfield scoring Jones. Jackson Raymond was able to advance Gaskins home on a well hit ball to the left side. Grady Beaver brought home Coulby with a hard hit ball that the Rockets third baseman was just lucky enough to knockdown. Damon Baker was on the mound again for the bottom half of the 2nd inning but this time the Rockets batters were able to barrel up some pitches and tie the game back up at 4-4. The Hustlers were able to put a run up in the bottom of the second when Jake Rydzewski scored after hitting a fielder’s choice and consecutive throwing errors. Ryan Coulby took the mound for the top of the 3rd and was able to get two outs, but not before allowing two runs and loading the bases. Jackson Raymond entered the game to get the final out of the inning. The Hustlers got their bats going again in the bottom of the 3rd with a bomb by Chase Jones flying the centerfielder’s head and making it all the way to the 280’ fence. Darian Gaskins followed with a double to the right center gap. Ryan Coulby brought Gaskins home on a double to the left center alley. Jackson Raymond singled on a line drive to right field. Grady Beaver followed with a nice inside-out hit to the right side bringing Ryan Coulby around to score. Alex Simmons was able to keep the runners moving with a hard ground out to the third baseman allowing Raymond to score. Jake Rydzewski brought in the final run of the inning beating out the throw from 3rd and allowing Beaver to reach the plate. Jackson Raymond stayed in the game to pitch the top of the 4th allowing two runs. The bottom half of the 4th had the Hustlers holding on to an 8-10 lead, so they were looking for a couple insurance runs. Damon Baker led off the inning with a single through the hole on the right side. By the 5th pitch of Mickey Cammarata’s following at bat, Baker was sitting on 3rd with no outs. Mickey hit an effective swinging bunt that allowed Baker to score, but Cammarata was throw out on a close play at 1st. The Rockets were able to make some terrific plays on the next two Hustlers batters to limit the damage. Chase Jones entered the game in the 5th facing only four batters before striking out two and ending the inning. The Hustlers were not able to get anything going in the bottom half of the 5th, so they would start the 6th up 11-8 and Jones on the mound. The Rockets were able to use walks and some untimely errors to tie the game back up at 11-11. The bottom half of the 6th ended with a double play and momentum seemed to be changing into the hands of the Rockets. With the score tied after 6, the game continued into the seventh frame. Mickey Cammarata took the hill for the Hustlers and struck out two batters without allowing a run. Mickey led off the bottom of the 7th working a 3-2 count into a walk. After Chase Jones fouled off the first two pitches, Mickey Cammarata was able to steal 2nd base to get into scoring position. Chase Jones barreled up the forth pitch of the at bat and again launched one over the centerfielder’s head walking off in grand fashion for the 13-11 victory and a trip to the semi-final game.

The semi-final matchup was against AYRA on OBGC Field #3 where the Hustlers started on Saturday against Damascus. Jackson Raymond got the start for the Hustlers and retired the first three batters on 9 pitches. The Hustlers batters seem to like the backdrop of OBGC Field #3, because they wasted no time spraying the ball around the park. Damon Baker led off by hitting a triple on the 2nd pitch to the left center gap. Mickey Cammarata followed with a sharply hit ball to 3rd scoring Baker. Chase Jones then doubled to left center bringing Cammarata around to score. Darian Gaskins uncorked a laser to the right centerfield gap scoring Jones and he after the throw to third found the fence instead of the third baseman’s glove. Ryan Coulby did his part to get ducks on the pond by singling on a sinking liner to left field. Jackson Raymond took an outside pitch to left field doubling and sending Coulby to third. Coulby was able to steal home on a wild pitch before the inning ended and having the Hustlers up 5-0. Jackson Raymond again took the mound in the bottom of the 2nd again facing the minimum number of AYRA batters and only throwing 10 pitches. The bottom of the 2nd saw more of the same from the Hustlers. Jake Rydzewski led off with a single followed by a walk by Colton Facine. Damon Baker loaded the bases with a single up the middle. Mickey Cammarata worked a 3-2 count into a run scoring walk. Chase Jones continued the scoring by clearing the bases with a hit to the left side followed by an errant throw going down the right field line. Jones advanced to second on the play and was brought in to score by a single to centerfield by Jackson Raymond. Raymond quickly stole 2nd and was waved around third when Grady Beaver singled on a hard hit ball up the middle. The top of the 3rd had Chase Jones taking the hill for the Hustlers. Chase allowed four runs on four hits while striking out three. The Hustler’s bats went silent in the 3rd and Chase was quickly back out for the top of the 4th. Chase Jones worked very efficiently in the 4th allowing no runs on just one hit and added another strikeout to his total for the day. In the bottom half of the 4th, Chase led things off reaching first by taking a pitch in the thigh. Darian Gaskins reached on a walk. Ryan Coulby drove in Jones working the ball nicely to the opposite field on an outside pitch. Jackson Raymond was able to bring Gaskins home pushing the score to 13-4 Hustlers. As soon as the 5th inning started with Mickey Cammarata on the mound, it appeared as though the Hustlers were going to self-destruct. The Hustler’s defense committed three errors in the frame allowing seven runs to score. The Hustlers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 5th with Luke Wood scoring on a Damon Baker fielder’s choice and Jake Rydzewski scoring on a line drive to centerfield after Jake previously reached first on a single to centerfield himself. Mickey Cammarata entered the top of the 6th with an 11-15 lead and was able to close it out allowing only two additional runs for a 13-15 final and a trip to the championship game.

The championship game pitted the Hustlers against the Olney Pirates. Jackson Raymond, Damon Baker, and Chase Jones all pitched well for the Hustlers allowing only two walks in the game while striking out four Pirates batters. The Hustlers just couldn’t get things going against the Pirates pitching managing only 3 runs on 8 hits. Darian Gaskins and Grady Beaver led the Hustlers with two hits a piece while Damon Baker, Mickey Cammarata, Alex Simmons, and Jake Rydzewski each had one hit. “This weekend was a great start for this young team. This is an experience that should pay dividends later this season. They showed great resiliency and a positive approach.” noted Coach Raymond.

Leading hitters in the tournament were Darian Gaskins (.700), Jake Rydzewski (.538), Chase Jones (.500), Grady Beaver (.500), Damon Baker (.466), Mickey Cammarata (.466), Jackson Raymond (.454), Ryan Coulby (.400), and Alex Simmons (.384).

Wednesday, April 11
8U Hustlers are sharp in season opener!

A new team, a new season. Who would’ve guessed that this group of 7 and 8 year-olds could have put together such an exciting performance in their first game? The Hustlers played nearly flawless baseball for five innings. Taking a 3-1 lead into the final inning and needing just three outs, the wheels came off the cart a bit and the Hustlers dropped a fun and thrilling ballgame 11-3.

Cody Smith and Carter Jackson were perfect on the mound thru four innings; Smith had six strikeouts and Jackson recorded five in each of their two innings of work. Evin Kloster was equally effective in the fifth as he struck out two and surrendered a lone run. Meanwhile, the Hustler bats came to life in the bottom of the fifth. Tyce Munger got things going with a stand-up double to left. Carter Jackson then brought the crowd to their feet with an inside-the-park two-run home run. The Hustlers weren’t done. Evin Kloster ripped a double to left and Cody Smith laced a single to drive in Kloster.

While the Hustler pitchers and fielders struggled a little in the sixth, the level of play throughout the evening was quite impressive. “If you’re having a bad day or maybe even a bad week, watching these guys play is the perfect medicine,” noted Coach Main. “I had forgotten how much fun this age group is. Abner Doubleday has to be smiling!”

For the game, Smith had an all-around excellent performance and led the way with three hits. Jackson had two hits, and Kloster, Cooper Bell and Munger each had one. Garrett Touchet hit a hard shot in the bottom of the sixth that was fielded by the Cyclone second baseman.

Defensively, the Hustlers got great catching efforts from Kai Akins, RJ Dermady, Cody Smith and Tyce Munger.

The young Hustlers are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Annapolis to take on API.

Monday, October 2
14U Hustlers Flat in Fall Finale

After turning in one impressive performance after another during an aggressive Fall schedule, the 14U Hustlers closed out the season with a surprisingly tired and uninspired effort at the PG Super25 Fall Virginia Super Qualifier at the Virginia Sports Complex in Ruther Glenn, VA over the weekend. The Hustlers started pool play Saturday morning with an 8-0, run rule win over the Mid Atlantic Red Sox. They then took a 3-2 lead in game two against Virginia REVO into the sixth inning before the wheels came off the cart. Virginia REVO scored three times for a 5-3 victory and the poor play continued Sunday morning against Mid Maryland United when United scored five times in the fifth to turn a close 3-2 game into a laugher. “We were flat all weekend and if you’re playing in the right events, you’re supposed to lose when you don’t play well,” commented Coach Main. “In the game against Mid Maryland, #23 (Logan Moseley) had a lot to do with our struggles. He was really, really good. You simply tip your cap to a kid like that.”

The Hustlers got strong pitching performances from Tyler Prather, Adam Dellamura and Marshall Mott but their usual strong defensive play was missing. Offensively for the tournament, Dustin Isanogle hit .429 and Jake Neff had two doubles and a .400 average. Gabe Torres and Matt Cunningham each hit .333.

Monday, September 18
14U Hustlers Continue Solid Play in Finishing Second at 16U Sports At The Beach Event

SATB Swing Away Runnerup

Coming off a stellar showing at USA Baseball over Labor Day weekend, the 14U Frederick Hustlers turned in a sequel that was equally impressive. The Hustlers jumped two age groups and entered the 16U Sports at the Beach Swing Away Wood Bat tournament in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Facing predominantly sophomore and junior High School players, the Hustlers stood tall with their play and won the hearts of many as they came away with the runner-up trophy in the nine-team event. Pitching to contact and playing nearly flawless defense, the Hustlers utilized timely hitting and some well executed small ball in frustrating their older foes. Saturday morning’s opener against 302 Elite (Georgetown, DE) was classic Hustler baseball. Behind the arms of Nick DeLisi and Marshall Mott, the Hustlers won game one 3-0 with DeLisi starting and tossing three innings of scoreless baseball. DeLisi scattered three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The lefty Mott then entered in the fourth and threw four innings of two-hit ball. Mott struck out six and walked one. “Those two guys are fun to watch,” commented Coach Main. “They like the big stage and bright lights and I’m happy they are wearing black and gold.” Jake Neff and Matt Kulikowski stepped up offensively and each had two hits; one of Neff’s was a double. Mott, Stephen Betz, Adam Dellamura and Matt Cunningham added one hit a piece.

The Hustlers got all of their bad plays out of their system in a game two loss to the Delaware Rockets. The Hustlers had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth when the wheels came off the cart. Betz, Dellamura and Cunningham shared the pitching duties and did their jobs but in the end, five Hustler miscues spelled a 12-6 setback. Jake Neff again led the way offensively with two hits and three runs including his second double of the day. “This kid is going to be special. He’s a strong kid who has pop and an extra gear,” noted Coach Main. Dellamura, Mott, Kulikowski, Cunningham each had a hit with Mott’s being a two-run double off the wall in left center.

The Hustlers captured the four seed for Championship Sunday and matched up against the five seed Deptford Post 133 Junior Legion team out of Deptford, NJ. The Hustlers were deadlocked at 3-3 going into the bottom of the sixth when they exploded for five runs.  Tyler Prather and Gabe Torres each came up big with run-scoring hits in the second. Torres added a double later in the game. Neff, Mott, Cunningham, DeLisi, Dustin Isanogle and Dalton Williams each had a hit. Mott’s huge two run triple in the right field corner gave the good guys the lead in the sixth. Kulikowski, Prather, Cunningham, Dellamura and Betz all competed on the mound and allowed the Hustlers to escape with a 10-5 win. Dellamura was particularly effective coming in and shutting down a Deptford rally in the sixth with back to back strikeouts.

The semifinal contest matched the Hustlers against the #1 seed SJ Young Guns. Mott tossed four spectacular innings of four hit ball and surrendered only one run with two strikeouts. Neff came in and shut the door pitching the final three frames of hitless baseball. The Hustler defense thwarted three potentially big rallies with inning-ending double plays. Mott gave the Hustlers the early lead in the first with a run scoring single to plate Neff who was HBP and promptly stole second. The Hustlers scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth behind a bunt single from Williams and a two-run Baltimore Chop single by Neff.

The Championship Game was a rematch of the Hustlers and Delaware Rockets. The game was a pitcher’s duel full of sparkling defensive plays. Sitting scoreless after seven innings, tournament officials turned to the International tiebreaker which places the last three outs of the previous inning on base. The Hustlers plated two runs in the top of the eighth only to watch the Rockets get three in the bottom half for a 3-2 win. “You hate to lose a game that way but hey, we had a great weekend and learned a lot about ourselves,” noted Coach Main. DeLisi was special again tossing four innings of two hit ball. Betz came in and shined as well throwing three scoreless before the tiebreaker eighth. The gritty Kulikowski led the way with two hits and Mott added a single.

Offensively for the tournament, Jake Neff went 6-14 for a .429 clip with eight runs scored.  Mott provided the thunder going 5-15 for .333 with six RBis and three extra base hits. Kulikowski finished at .294 and Cunningham hit .286. Defensively, Cunningham and Dellamura were sensational all weekend in the middle of the diamond.

Monday, September 11
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.

Tuesday, September 5
14U Hustlers Win Prestigious USA Baseball Labor Day Cup

photo courtesy M. Bennett

The 14U Frederick Hustlers started the Fall season off with a major challenge -- the USA Baseball Wood Bat Labor Day Cup at the National Training Complex in Cary, NC. Proving no test is too big for this group, the Hustlers pulled off the shocker winning the Championship and many new admirers with their sparkling play and gritty determination. The Hustlers got a stellar, complete game outing from RHP Nick DeLisi and turned in three deflating double plays in defeating an ultra-talented U.S. Stars team from Canton, OH 9-2 in the title game. “Definitely one of the best games Nick has thrown,” commented Coach Main afterwards. “He had all three pitches working and could seemingly throw them for a strike in any count.” DeLisi only allowed four hits, no walks and struck out seven. Colby Patterson got things going in the top of the first when he led off with a sharp single to left. Singles by Matt Kulikowski and Matt Cunningham scored a run and had the Hustlers feeling good about themselves. The Hustlers would add four more in the second, one in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Matt Cunningham and Colby Patterson each had two hits, while Kulikowski, DeLisi, Eric Ball and Dalton Williams each had one. Dustin Isanogle scored three runs.

The semifinal game was arguably against the best team in the tournament and was a nail-biter from the first pitch. The Hustlers rode a two-hit, seven strikeout, complete game masterpiece from LHP Marshall Mott to beat the Hit-N-Run Baseball Academy 1-0. “Marshall is a gamer. He wants the ball and wants to send you back to the dugout,” said Coach Main. The Hustlers only mustered three hits – two by Mott and one by DeLisi.

The game that got the Hustlers into the final four was another pitcher’s duel and the Hustler’s RHP Matt Kulikowski did not disappoint. The Hustlers faced former Major League Pitcher Mike Gardiner’s Charlotte Stealth squad but it was Kulikowski who was big time. Matt worked six innings of three hit ball with ten strikeouts. “Can’t help but love this kid. He knew we needed this game and he just smiled and said, I’ve got this Coach,” said Main. Ryan Bennett worked the seventh inning with one strikeout for his second save of the tournament. Dustin Isanogle singled and Mott and DeLisi followed with doubles in the first to account for the three Hustler runs.

The Hustlers won game one of the tournament 7-5 against the Warriors from Fayetteville, NC. The Hustlers scratched out nine hits with Mott getting two and Patterson, Isanogle, Kulikowski, Cunningham, Prather, Gabe Torres and Ball each getting one. DeLisi, Stephen Betz, Mott and Ryan Bennett combined for the win on the mound.

The Hustlers only loss in the tournament came in game two when they lost 5-3 to MVP (Greenville, NC). Mott had two hits and Ball had one. Patterson pitched four strong innings and Tyler Prather was equally effective for two in the loss. The Hustlers trademark defense went missing in this game.

For the tournament, Marshall Mott garnered MVP honors with a sizzling .538 average, a dominant outing on the mound, and sparkling defensive play at 1B. Other Hustlers that had good offensive showings were Ball (.375), DeLisi (.308) and Patterson (.300). Isanogle turned in back-to-back defensive gems behind the plate in the semifinal and Championship games.

Tuesday, September 5
USA Baseball Tweets Hustler Fun After Championship Game


Thursday, July 27
Selections Made for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Teams

A big thank you to all of those that attended our tryouts over the four days.  We understand that we are one of many options out there today for travel baseball and we are most grateful that you continue to support and give us a chance to teach the game we love.  Over the next couple of days, lists will be appearing of those who made the different age groups.  Congratulations to those who made our teams.  To those that didn't, I challenge and encourage you to work hard at your game and come back next year and prove us wrong.  We acknowledge that we make mistakes in the selection process and nothing is more gratifying to me than those who come back the following year and make our teams.  As we begin our 18th year of Frederick Hustlers Baseball, we owe much of our success to you.

Thanks, Wayne Main

President, Frederick Hustlers 

2018 Frederick Hustler Rosters

Thursday, July 27
I Wanna Be A Hustler!

Some of the 8U and 9U players trying out

Despite many families on vacation, the July tryout dates for youngsters wanting to be the next Manny Machado or Mike Trout were quite popular.  Look at the picture above of some of the 8 and 9-year-olds that came out and you can't help but get excited.  "These kids represent the next wave of talented players to come thru the Hustler family.  We feel blessed to have a chance to work with them," commented Hustler President Wayne Main.

One more weekend of tryouts will take place Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13.  Times for respective age groups can be found in the chart above.  For questions, please call 301-401-9034. 

Tuesday, July 18
11U Hustlers Win HCYP Summer Clash

The 11U Frederick Hustlers completed an amazing season by winning the HCYP Summer Clash Championship this past weekend in Howard County. The action began Friday night when the Hustlers squared off with the WHC Renegades from the MABA Division 1 league. This was a tight contest as WHC scored one in the first before the Hustlers answered with two of their own.  The Hustlers enjoyed a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead going into the 4th before WHC scored three to tie it. The game was knotted at 4, until Gavin Hughes launched a 2-out solo home run to left field, giving the Hustlers a 5-4 lead.  As has been the case for much of the season, the Hustler's pitching closed the door and the Hustlers escaped by a score of 5-4. Aiden Dubetsky threw three innings and allowed no earned runs.  Logan Malachowski labored a tad in the 4th before lefty Aidan Simmons tossed two shutout innings to end any hope the Renegades had of coming back. Camren Baker and Gavin Hughes each had two hits to lead the Hustlers. Game 2 on Saturday had the Hustlers facing the Arlington Storm. The Hustlers jumped out to an 8-1 lead after three innings, only to see it evaporate, as the Storm scored three runs in the fourth, and three more in the 5th.  Most of the runs were courtesy of sloppy defense . Jaxson Wood came to the rescue and launched a  bases-loaded double in the 5th that cleared the bases and gave the Hustlers an 11-7 lead .  To the Storm's credit, they would not go away and battled back, scoring three runs. The Storm had runners at 1st and 3rd, with one out, when Aidan Simmons came in to pitch. Simmons induced a ground ball to 3rd basemen Ryan Maxey who threw home to gun down the runner trying to advance. The crafty Simmons then struck out the next batter, giving the Hustlers an 11-10 win. Ryan Maxey threw two innings of baseball, while Jaxson Wood threw in the 3rd.  Ryan Jones struggled over 2 & 1/3 innings before Simmons came on and finished the game. Jaxson Wood had three hits to lead the Hustlers, while Camren Baker and Logan Malachowski each had 2 hits. Friday and Saturday’s play put the Hustlers into Sunday as the 2 seed out of 12 teams. The Hustlers got paired up against a very formidable 10U team from HCYP, that had just beaten Catonsville, and already mercy ruled the Arlington Storm a day earlier. The Hustlers took care of business in the 1st, scoring a season high 11 runs in the first, and adding 5 more in the second, to take the game by the mercy rule and a score of 16-1. Ryan Jones, Carlos Caraballo, Ryan Maxey, and Killian Stair each had 2 hits in the game. Aiden Dubetsky, Andrew Raymond, and Jaxson Wood each doubled. Andrew Raymond threw 2 innings, allowing no earned runs, and Camren Baker pitched a scoreless 3rd for the Hustlers. The win put the Hustlers in the semi-finals versus the Arlington Storm, who won earlier Sunday morning versus the WHC Renegades. The Home team Hustlers scored in every inning to take the semi-final game by a score of 11-1, advancing to the championship game. Camren Baker had 3 hits, while Carlos Caraballo and Ryan Maxey each had 2 hits. Andrew Raymond pitched 3 innings of 1 run baseball, while Caraballo pitched a scoreless 4th. The championship game featured the Hustlers and the Shutdown Orioles. The Orioles just came from behind to beat the HCYP Raiders from the CRAB league on a walk-off hit. The Hustlers continued to play good baseball, scoring 3 in the 1st, 6 in the 3rd, and 4 more in the 4th, to take this championship game via the mercy rule by a score of 13-3. Aiden Dubetsky pitched all 4 innings, allowing 1 earned run. Dubetsky, Ryan Jones, Ryan Maxey, Jaxson Wood, and Killian Stair each had 2 hits in the game. Carlos Caraballo tripled. Leading hitters for the weekend: Jaxson Wood(.700), Camren Baker(.615), Carlos Caraballo(.583), Ryan Maxey(.583), Aiden Dubetsky(.455), Gavin Huges(.455), Logan Malachowski(.455), Andrew Raymond(.444), Killian Stair(.444), Ryan Jones(.357). The 11U Hustlers completed a very successful 11U season, with 48 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie. There were 5 tournament championships, and 2 Silver Bracket championships during the season.

Wednesday, July 5
11Us Win Iron Horse Fireworks Classic

Iron Horse Fireworks Classic Champs
The 11U Hustlers traveled to Windber, PA, to compete in the Fireworks Classic, at the new Iron Horse Complex. For the second consecutive weekend, the Hustlers came out flat for the first game. Matched up against the Pittbulls, the Hustlers could not match the opposition and lost the first game by a score of 10-4. The Pitbulls had 10 hits off of Hustler pitching. Ryan Jones, Aidan Simmons, and Landon Johnson pitched on the mound. Jones had 2 hits including a double for the Hustlers, while Carlos Caraballo and Gavin Hughes each doubled also. Game 2 had the Hustlers facing Wheeling Post 1. The Hustler bats woke up in this game, and the Hustlers had 14 hits in 3 innings, and went on to win the game by a score of 15-0. Aiden Dubetsky threw 3 innings of no hit baseball. Ryan Jones and Logan Malachowski each had 3 hits, while Dubetsky, Carlos Caraballo, and Landon Johnson each had 2 hits. Malachowski and Simmons each doubled. Game 3 on Sunday opened with the Hustlers as the number 2 seed, again facing the Wheeling Post team from West Virginia. The Hustler bats stayed hot, as they put up 12 hits over 3 innings, taking advantage of 5 errors by the opposition, and winning the game by a score of 17-2 via the mercy rule. Landon Johnson threw 3 innings of 2 run baseball on the hill for the Hustlers. Ryan Jones had 3 hits, while Camren Baker, Aiden Dubetsky, and Carlos Caraballo each had 1 hit. Caraballo and Killian Stair each doubled, while Dubetsky doubled twice. Gavin Hughes hit a tape measure home run in this game. The semi-final game had the Hustlers facing the host Iron Horse Mustangs. The Hustler bats remained hot in this matchup, as they had 13 hits and scored in each of the 5 innings to take this game via the mercy rule by a score of 11-3. Carlos Caraballo had 3 hits to lead the way, while Ryan Jones, Andrew Raymond, and Landon Johnson each had 2 hits. Jones, Raymond, and Gavin Hughes each doubled. Johnson and Jaxson Wood each hit Home Runs in the game. Logan Malachowski threw 4 innings of 3 run baseball, while Aiden Dubetsky threw a scoreless inning to close it out. The Championship game had the Hustlers facing Doubleday’s Dubois. The game did not start well for the Hustlers. The opposition scored 2 in the first and 4 in the second, and led 6-1 after 2 innings. As has been the case all year, this young Hustler team never quits. The Hustlers put up a booming 10 spot in the 3rd, to take an 11-6 lead, and went on to win the championship game by a score of 12-8. Carlos Caraballo started on the hill for the Hustlers, but could not get out of the second inning. Aidan Simmons came on in relief and threw 2 & 2/3’s of scoreless relief. Andrew Raymond threw in the 5th, and Aiden Dubetsky threw a scoreless 6th inning to close it out for the Hustlers. Dubetsky, Ryan Jones, Logan Malachowski, Gavin Hughes, and Jaxson Wood each had 2 hits. Hughes, with 4 RBI’s, and Wood, each had Home Runs in the game. There were many hot bats over the weekend for the Hustlers. Ryan Jones hit a blistering (.857) for the weekend, reaching base every at bat in 5 games with the exception of 1 at bat. Gavin Hughes (.625), and Carlos Caraballo (.600) were also very hot. Other leading hitters were: Aiden Dubetsky (.583), Logan Malachowski (.538), Landon Johnson (.500), Killian Stair (.429), and Andrew Raymond (.400). Hughes, and Jaxson Wood each hit 2 home runs, while Johnson hit 1. Aiden Dubetsky and Aiden Simmons were lights out on the hill for the Hustlers.

Monday, June 26
13U Hustlers Win Four Games in Atlantic Coast New Era Cap Classic

New Era Cap Classic Silver Champs

The Frederick Hustlers finished a strong 13U summer season with a 4-2 record in the Atlantic Coast Baseball New Era Cap Classic in Pittsburgh over the weekend. The Hustlers withstood a tough draw and a Friday rain that eliminated its final pool play game to take the Silver Bracket Championship in convincing fashion. The Hustlers opened pool play on Thursday evening with a controversial 7-5 loss to Beaver Valley Black. After a day of rain and an incredible job by tournament officials to get fields playable, the Hustlers run-ruled previously unbeaten 3 Rivers Arsenal Gold 13-1 before losing an exciting 7-2 game to eventual tournament champion Beaver Valley Red. Beaver Valley Red run-ruled their other five opponents including their semifinal and final opponents in the Gold Bracket. Unfortunately, the elimination of the final pool play game because of rain left the Hustlers as the #14 seed in the 28 team field and dropped them into Silver play. The Hustlers showed why they were unlucky and run-ruled their next three opponents, beating the Rawlings A’s Prospects 11-0, the Ontario Blue Jays Bignall 15-3 and the Ontario Blue Jays Largy 9-0.

Matt Cunningham (12-16, .750, 4 home runs), Marshall Mott (11-16, .688, 4 home runs) and Dustin Isanogle (9-17, .529, 9 runs scored) were unconscious throughout the tournament. Gabe Torres (.462, one home run), Eric Ball (.400), Brandon Bradshaw (.385, one home run) and Tyler Prather (.364, one home run) all had great tournaments offensively as well.

Marshall Mott tossed a two-hitter in the Championship game with 14 strikeouts. Nick DeLisi was dominant in his two starts and recorded two wins while Luke Schlimm pitched five strong innings in three different relief appearances. Stephen Betz was very impressive in pitching 3-plus strong innings against the talented Beaver Valley Red squad.

Wednesday, June 28
11U Hustlers Capture Top Gun Silver Bracket Championship

11U Top Gun Silver Champs
The 11U Hustlers made trip to Rocky Mount, North Carolina to compete in the Top Gun Summer World Series. There were 64 11U teams playing. The Hustlers competed in Division 1, the most competitive division in the 11U age group, where 19 teams squared off. The first of 4 pool games didn’t start well for the Hustlers, as they fell behind the Pirates Baseball Club out of North Carolina by a score of 7-1 after 3 innings. The Hustlers battled, but couldn’t make it all the way back and lost by a score of 10-8. The Hustlers had 4 costly errors leading to 7 unearned runs. Logan Malachowski pitched very well in this one, but the Hustler defense did little to help him. Landon Johnson and Aidan Simmons also pitched for the Hustlers. Ryan Jones and Andrew Raymond each had 2 hits to lead the way for Hustlers. Game two on Saturday had Hustlers facing Rawlings Prospects out of North Carolina. The Hustlers jumped out to a 7-2 lead after 2 innings. However, that lead evaporated as the Prospects took the lead by a score of 8-7 going into the bottom of the 5th. The Hustlers responded with 2 in the bottom of the 5th on RBI singles by Hutson Trobaugh and Andrew Raymond. Ryan Jones then shutdown the Prospects in the 6th inning, and the Hustlers won this game by a score of 9-8. Trobaugh had 3 hits, while Jones, Camren Baker, and Brady Romsberg each had 2. Trobaugh and Romsberg each doubled. Aiden Dubetsky, Trobaugh, Romsberg, and Jones all pitched in this game. Game 3 in Pool Play had the Hustlers facing the Carolina Titans. This was another nail-biter. The Hustlers scored 2 in the first, only to see the Titans tie it up in the 3rd at 3-3 on 2 solo Home Runs off Hustler Starter Ryan Jones. This game was knotted at 3 until the 6th, when the Hustlers took control. Aidan Simmons got things started in the 6th, with a bunt single, then stole second, and then advanced to 3rd base on a passed ball. Simmons scored on an error in the outfield to give the Hustlers a 4-3 lead. Brady Romsberg shutdown the Titans in the 6th, and the Hustlers won by a score of 4-3. Jones pitched the first 3 innings, while Romsberg was lights out over the last 3 allowing no runs. Aiden Dubetsky, Hutson Trobaugh, Jones, Andrew Raymond, Simmons, Jaxson Wood, Killian Stair, Romsberg, and Gavin Hughes each had 1 hit in the game. Dubetsky and Hughes each doubled. Game 4 of Pool Play had the Hustlers facing the North Carolina Wildcards. The Wildcard pitchers dominated the Hustler bats in this one, as the Hustlers only had 4 hits in the game, and went on to lose by a score of 5-2. Aiden Dubetsky, Jaxson Wood, Killian Stair, and Brady Romsberg each had 1 hit in the game. The Hustlers were seeded 9th out of 19 teams, just outside of the gold bracket seeding, but earned the Number 1 seed in the Silver bracket on Sunday. The Hustlers got a bye, and were paired up again with the Carolina Titans in the Semi-final game. The Hustlers quickly went to work here, scoring in each of the first 4 innings to take a 7-1 lead after 4, and went on to win this game by a score of 7-2. Aiden Dubetsky threw 4 very good innings, and Aidan Simmons closed it out on the mound for 2 solid innings in relief. Camren Baker, Andrew Raymond, and Gavin Hughes each had 2 hits in the game. Hughes had 2 big doubles and 4 RBI’s. The Championship game had the Hustlers facing the Rawlings Prospects again. Again, this game was very tight the whole way. This was another one of those games that showed the same kind of heart and effort the Hustlers have had all year long. Each team scored 2 in the first, but Rawlings added 1 in the second and 3rd, to take a 4-3 lead after 3. The score remained this way until the bottom of the 6th. The Hustlers have had many comeback wins this year in tournaments, and this game would be no different. After Aiden Dubetsky grounded out, Camren Baker got things rolling with a bunt single, his 3rd hit of the game. Baker then stole second base, and then also stole 3rd base. Hutson Trobaugh then walked. On a pick off play to first, Trobaugh took off for 2nd, and made it, giving the Hustlers runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Ryan Jones was then intentionally walked, to bring up the hero, Andrew Raymond. Raymond hit the first pitch he saw over the left fielders head, scoring both Baker and Trobaugh, giving the Hustlers the Silver bracket Championship and a win by a score of 5-4. Logan Malachowski, Trobaugh, and Raymond each pitched 2 innings, and all threw very well. This was a great tournament, competition was good. The Hustlers earned a free berth to the Top Gun Summer National Championship in South Carolina with the win. Leading hitters for the weekend: Andrew Raymond(.545), Killian Stair(.500), Ryan Jones(.462), Brady Romsberg(.444), Hutson Trobaugh(.429), Jaxson Wood(.400), Gavin Hughes(.375), Camren Baker(.357), and Aidan Simmons(.333).

Monday, June 12
13Us Find Sports at the Beach Magic – Win Rally Cap Championship

2017 13U SATB Rally Cap Champs

The Frederick Hustlers started game one of the 13-team Rally Cap Open Championship at Sports at the Beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with a single, HBP and a 3-run bomb (Brandon Bradshaw) to straight away center and finished the championship game with a walk-off grand slam missile to right center (Marshall Mott). In between, the Hustlers mashed 24 home runs and had 58 hits in outscoring five opponents by a combined score of 74-6. “People talk about momentum in sports all the time. You just saw it in the College Regionals with Davidson. You saw it this year in local High School baseball. The guys caught fire as a team. They were having fun and playing loose. We just tried to stay out of their way and not mess things up,” noted Coach Main. Playing on 270 foot fences, nine different players left the yard and several were tape measure shots. Dustin Isanogle and Brandon Bradshaw were named Co-MVPs. Isanogle went 9-11 (.818) with two home runs and turned in several web gems in CF. Bradshaw provided the punch and went 9-13 (.692) with six home runs. Matt Cunningham played a flawless shortstop and turned in an 8-12 (.667) performance with two home runs. Colby Patterson set the tone out of the leadoff spot by going 8-13 (.615) with a home run. Nick DeLisi was huge behind the plate and went 5-9 (.556) with three home runs. Marshall Mott was 6-12 (.500) out of the cleanup spot with four home runs (two walk-offs).  Eric Ball was 4-7 (.571) with a home run; Gabe Torres was 4-8 (.500) with two home runs and Tyler Prather went 3-8 (.375) with two home runs. The Hustlers beat the Delmarva Aces Coastal 19-0, Go Wags Mountain Lions 13-1, Mid Penn Prospects 18-1, Delmarva Aces East 11-1 and the MVP Terps East (VA) 13-3. Stephen Betz, Luke Schlimm, Matt Cunningham and Marshall Mott all pitched well throughout the tournament. Mott came up really big in the Championship game.

The Hustlers are back in action Saturday at Yellow Springs against the Arena Starz. First pitch of the doubleheader is at noon.

Wednesday, June 7
11U Hustlers Armed Forces Champions

11U Armed Forces Champs
The 11U Hustlers participated in the Armed Forces Slugfest tournament held in Frederick, Maryland this past weekend. Saturday’s first tilt had the Hustlers facing Edge Baseball out of Greencastle, PA. The Hustlers came out swinging, scoring 3 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, and 15 in the 3rd, and went on to win via the mercy rule by a score of 22-0. The Hustlers had 16 hits, including 7 extra base hits. Aiden Dubetsky, Andrew Raymond, and Gavin Hughes each had 3 hits, while Ryan Jones & Aidan Simmons each had two hits. Raymond doubled and tripled, while Hughes hit a Home Run. Dubetsky, Landon Johnson, Jones, and Logan Malachowski each doubled. Camren Baker reached base all 4 times via bases on ball & hit by pitch, scoring 4 runs. Dubetsky had 5 runs batted in, while Raymond had 4, and Jones & Hughes each had 3. Simmons threw 2 shutout innings, and Baker threw 1 shutout inning. Game 2 Saturday had the Hustlers facing the Chesapeake Orioles. The Hustler bats stayed hot in this game also, with a repeat 16 hits in the game. The Hustlers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3 innings, only to see the Orioles put up 4 in the top of the 4th. However, the Hustlers matched this in the bottom of the 4th with 4 more runs, and added 3 more in the 5th, to take the win by a score of 11-4. Andrew Raymond continued his hot hitting, with 3 hits, including a double and a Home Run. Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, Landon Johnson, Killian Stair, and Aidan Simmons each had 2 hits. Aiden Dubetsky and Logan Malachowski each doubled. Malachowski dominated the Orioles for 2 innings, allowing no hits or runs with 2 K’s. Johnson shutdown the Orioles in the 3rd, but ran into trouble in the 4th due to a fielding error and a couple of walks. Andrew Raymond came on to get out of the jam in the 4th, and pitched a scoreless inning in the 5th, Dubetsky finished it off by throwing a hitless, scoreless 6th, striking out 2 batters. Saturdays play put the Hustlers into Sunday play as the number 2 seed out of 12 teams, and getting a first round bye. The semi-final game had the Hustlers facing a very good GoWag’s team that had just taken down the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox by 1 run earlier in the morning. The GoWag’s bats came out steaming in the first, as they put a 4 spot on the board off Hustler starter Ryan Jones. However, the Hustlers matched that with 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. The GoWag’s added a run in the top of the 2nd, and added 3 more in the top of the 4th to take a commanding 8-4 lead into the bottom of the 4th. That is when the Hustlers went to work, scoring 2 runs to make it a 8-6 game. The fifth inning would be the last due to the 1 hour 45 minute time delay. Aidan Simmons shutdown the opposition in the top half of the 5th. The bottom of the 5th inning for the Hustlers was a good example of the entire season. This team just doesn’t quit. With 1 out in the last inning, Gavin Hughes got this started with a long double to left field. After a flyout to the right fielder and 2 outs, Aidan Simmons then doubled to right center scoring Hughes to make it 8-7. Camren Baker then laced a single to right field scoring Simmons to tie it, and advanced to 2nd on the throw. Aiden Dubetsky then walked. The GoWag’s elected to change pitchers, and on the very first pitch, Ryan Jones hammered a walk off line drive into right center field to bring home Baker for the game winner, and the Hustlers won the game by a score of 9-8. Baker, Dubetsky, Jones, Hughes, and Simmons each had 2 hits in the game, as the Hustlers were outhit 14-13. Aidan Simmons threw 3 solid innings of 3 run baseball for the Hustlers. The Championship game had the Hustlers facing Fielder’s Choice, who just beat a good Lake Shore Gray Sox team in the semi-finals by a score of 8-7. This was a pitcher’s duel going into the 4th, as the Hustlers held a 1-0 lead after 3. However, the Hustler bats woke up in the 4th and 5th innings, scoring 7 runs in the 4th, and 9 more in the 5th, and the Hustlers dominated the Championship game by a score of 17-0. The big story in this game was Aiden Dubetsky. Dubetsky threw a no-no over 5 innings, allowing no hits, no walks, striking out 7 batters. Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, and Gavin Hughes each had 2 hits, while Dubetsky, Jaxson Wood, Andrew Raymond, Killian Stair, and Aidan Simmons each had 1. Logan Malachowski had a 3 run double . Leading hitters for the weekend: Ryan Jones (.666), Aidan Simmons (.636), Andrew Raymond (.571), Aiden Dubetsky (.538), Gavin Hughes (.538), Camren Baker (.500), Landon Johnson (.400), Killian Stair(.364), Jaxson Wood(.300), and Logan Malachowski (.300).

Monday, June 5
Betz Shines, DeLisi Opens Floodgates as 13U Hustlers Sweep

The 13U Frederick Hustlers locked horns with one of the better teams in the CRAB League in the opener on Sunday and neither team disappointed. Hunter King of the Rawlings High Heat and Steven Betz of the Hustlers were equally good tossing six innings of scoreless baseball. Betz limited the team from Anne Arundel County to three hits and struck out three. The Hustlers turned the scoreless game over to the bullpen in the final frame and the Heat scored a single run on a walk, double and single. The Hustlers showed incredible poise and fortitude in the bottom half of the final frame. Marshall Mott drew a leadoff walk before Gabe Torres hit a scorching grounder that turned into a 6-4-3 double play. With the Hustlers down to their final out and no one on, Tyler Prather drew a base on balls before Matt Cunningham hit a ground rule double that bounced over the fence in left center. The unlucky bounce prevented Prather from scoring but the Hustlers had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Nick DeLisi, who had drilled a double to left center earlier in the game, stepped to the plate and brought the home crowd to its feet. DeLisi unleashed a two run single up the middle for the walk-off win. Marshall Mott had the only other Hustler hit with a double to left in the fourth.

DeLisi’s big hit in the opener seemed to loosen up the home team in the nightcap even though the boys in black and gold gave credit to Cheetos and some special fans in attendance. In any case, after watching the Lake Shore Graysox stun the Rawlings ballclub in the middle game, the Hustlers came out on fire in the nightcap and scored six in the first and eight in the second against LakeShore. The rout was on as the Hustlers won 18-3 in a game shortened by the run rule. Dustin Isanogle singled on a line drive to right in the first before Brandon Bradshaw drove a monster two-run blast over the fence in straight away center for a two-run home run.   The ball ended up one hopping the school building.  DeLisi then tripled before Prather, Eric Ball, Austin May and Colby Patterson followed with singles. In all, the Hustlers recorded 17 hits with Bradshaw collecting four with two doubles and a home run. Ball ended up with three hits while Prather, May and Betz each had two. Bradshaw, DeLisi and Ball each pitched well for the Hustlers.

The Hustlers are back in action this weekend as they travel to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for the Sports at the Beach Rally Cap Open.

Thursday, June 1
13U Hustlers Downed by MMU

The 13U Frederick Hustlers traditionally take the long Memorial Day weekend off to recharge and spend time with their families. By the look of their play Wednesday evening at Walkersville High School, they forgot to plug in their batteries. The young Hustlers continued their Jekyll and Hyde season with an uninspired 7-2 loss to a well-coached MMU squad. MMU turned a 1-1 game into a rout in the third when they scored six runs on six hits – three for extra bases. “Nick (DeLisi) was up in the zone and couldn’t throw an off-speed pitch for a strike but credit the MMU hitters – they took advantage,” said Coach Main. Marshall Mott tossed three innings of scoreless baseball for the Hustlers with four strikeouts. Offensively, the Hustlers never got anything going. The Hustlers only accounted for three hits and left the bases loaded on two occasions. Brandon Bradshaw, Matt Cunningham and Nick DeLisi each had a single. Tyler Prather and Gabe Torres continued to swing hot bats but had nothing to show as both had multiple line drives that found MMU fielders. Matt Kulikowski, Brendan Yegesh and Jack Surdez all threw well for MMU.

The Hustlers are back in action on Sunday at Yellow Springs.  The Hustlers play the Rawlings High Heat at noon and the Lake Shore GraySox at 4:00pm. 

Tuesday, May 30
11U Hustlers Repeat as Maryland Stars and Strikes Champs

11U Stars & Strikes Champs
The 11U Hustlers competed in the Maryland Stars and Strikes tournament this past weekend. The 11A bracket was loaded with good teams from Maryland. Saturday started off with the Hustlers playing KMS Baseball Academy. They Hustlers jumper out to a 7-0 lead, only to see KMS come back and tie it in the 2nd, and take the lead with 2 more in the 3rd. They Hustlers battled back though, with 4 in the 4th, and 1 more in the 5th, and won the game by a score of 12-10. Ryan Jones, who doubled, and Ryan Maxey each had 2 hits in the game for the Hustlers. Logan Malachowski started on the hill, while Ryan Maxey came on in relief, and Ryan Jones closed it out on the mound. Game 2 had the Hustlers facing the Olney Pirates, and this turned into one of the best games of the year. This was a defensive struggle and pitcher’s duel the entire game. The Hustlers only managed 4 hits in the game, while Olney had 7. There were nothing but zeros on the scoreboard going into the 6th inning, when Olney plated an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. Gavin Hughes led off the bottom of the 6th with a single to center field. Killian Stair then bunted him over to second, and Hughes then advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff play. Aiden Simmons then drove a line drive to right field to tie the score. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Aiden Dubetsky pitched 4 great innings, and Landon Johnson added 2 more solid innings in relief. Hughes, Ryan Jones, Jaxson Wood, and Andrew Raymond each had 1 hit in the game for the Hustlers. Saturday’s play earned the Hustlers a 5 seed out of 16 going into Sunday, and had the Hustlers playing the WHC Renegades. The Hustlers scored in each of the 4 first innings, and went on to win this game by a score of 9-5. Aidan Simmons threw 4 innings, allowing 5 runs. Andrew Raymond closed the game out with 2 solid innings of scoreless relief work on the mound. Killian Stair had 2 hits, while Ryan Jones, Ryan Maxey, Landon Johnson, Jaxson wood, and Andrew Raymond each had 1 hit. Maxey, Raymond, and Wood each doubled. Game 4 of the weekend had Hustlers facing the Southern Maryland Orioles. This was a long game with lots of runs scored. This was a 4-4 game after 1, and 8-6 game after 2. The Hustlers advanced the lead to 12-6, but the Orioles plated 6 runs in the 5th to tie the game. Due to the time limit, the 6th inning started out like extra innings, using international rules, and a runner on 2nd. Killian Stair started at 2nd based, and proceeded to steal 3rd. Aidan Simmons then put down a sacrifice bunt, and beat it out to 1st base, and then stole 2nd on the next pitch. Camren Baker then put down a good bunt scoring Stair and advancing Simmons to 3rd for a single. Baker advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. Aiden Dubetsky then hit a Sac Fly, to bring home Simmons. Ryan Jones then hit a bomb to right field for a triple scoring Baker. Ryan Maxey then doubled to left field, scoring Jones, giving the Hustlers a 16-12 lead. Jones shutdown the Orioles in the last inning and the game ended 16-12 in the Hustlers favor. Jones, Maxey, and Stair each had 2 hits, while Baker, Dubetsky, Logan Malachowski, and Simmons each had 1 hit. Landon Johnson pitched 1 inning, Baker when 3 & 1/3, Gavin Hughes 1/3, and Ryan Jones went 1 & 1/3 on the hill. The Semi-final game had the Hustlers facing the Sykesville Cyclones, who just beat KMS Baseball Academy. The Hustlers got great pitching from Ryan Maxey and Logan Machowski in this one. Maxey threw 2 innings of 1 run baseball, while Malachowski dominated Sykesville over 4 innings, allowing only 1 hit of scoreless baseball. The Hustlers won this game by a score of 4-1 to advance to the championship game. Aiden Dubetsky had 2 hits, while Landon Johnson, Logan Malachowski, Killian Stair, and Aiden Simmons each had 1. The finals had the Hustlers facing the Lake Shore Gray Sox, who beat Catoctin to get to the finals. Once again, the Hustlers played great defense and got great pitching. Each team scored 2 in the first. The Hustlers took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd, only to see the Sox tie it in the 3rd. The Hustlers plated a run in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead. Aiden Dubetsky pitched 3 solid innings allowing only 3 runs. Ryan Jones closed it out throwing 3 scoreless innings of 3 hit baseball. The Sox had a runner on 3rd base with no outs in the 6th inning, but Jones struck out the next 2 batters before inducing a flyball out to shortstop Aiden Dubetsky to end it, with the Hustler winning the championship by a score of 4-3. This was the second year in a row this team won this tournament, as the Hustlers won the 10A bracket in 2016. Jones had 3 hits in the game, Dubetsky, Ryan Maxey, and Andrew Raymond each had 2 hits. Camren Baker, Logan Malachowski, and Aidan Simmons each had a hit. Leading hitters in the tournament were Ryan Jones(.643), Killian Stair(.462), Ryan Maxey(.438), Aiden Dubetsky(.375), Andrew Raymond(.333), Logan Malachowski(.333), and Aidan Simmons (.300).

Monday, May 22
13U Hustlers Squander Big Lead -- Split Saturday Round-Robin action

The Frederick Hustlers lost the opener 10-9 to PG Select and bounced back to defeat the HCYP Raiders 13-3 in the second game of round-robin action on Saturday in Upper Marlboro, MD. Nick DeLisi was impressive once again on the mound in the opener and staked the Hustlers to a 9-0 lead. DeLisi tossed one-hit baseball over three innings with two strikeouts. Luke Schlimm pitched a flawless fourth inning striking out the side. The Hustlers then did their best “Bad News Bears” impersonation. Five walks, four hit-batsmen, and three errors later, the Hustlers found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard when the game was called because of the one hour and 50 minute time limit. Colby Patterson reached base three times and scored twice. Austin May and DeLisi had run-scoring singles and Schlimm laced a two-run double to left. The Hustlers rebounded nicely in game two. Brandon Bradshaw worked two strong, scoreless innings. Ryan Bennett made his mound debut and was solid for three innings, giving up two unearned runs. Stephen Betz worked the final frame and gave up one run. Meanwhile, the Hustler bats got going early and got to the HCYP pitcher for six runs on seven hits in the first inning. Dustin Isanogle, Bradshaw, Tyler Prather, Matt Cunningham, Betz, DeLisi and Bennett all singled. Prather and Cunningham finished the game with two hits. One of Prather’s was a run-scoring double off the fence in left center.

The Hustlers play host to Mid-Maryland United on Wednesday at Yellow Springs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm.

Thursday, May 18
13Us Do The Hustle

The year was 1975 when Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony released the popular disco song that had young people dancing and singing to the lyric, “Do the Hustle.” On Wednesday night at the ballpark at Yellow Springs, the 13U Hustlers produced their own rendition of “The Hustle” to the tune of 17 runs on 12 hits in routing the Catoctin Baseball Club 17-0 in a game shortened by the run-rule. After Nick DeLisi set down the visitors in the first, the Hustlers scored three times on line drive singles by Dustin Isanogle, Brandon Bradshaw and Gabe Torres. Luke Schlimm came on in the second and promptly struck out the side before the home team responded with 13 runs on 9 hits. Schlimm, Ryan Bennett, Colby Patterson, Matt Cunningham, Torres and Austin May had RBI singles in the inning while DeLisi and Bradshaw had run-scoring doubles. Bradshaw, Torres and Bennett collected two hits on the night. Eric Ball, Cunningham and Stephen Betz joined DeLisi and Schlimm in tossing scoreless innings.

The Hustlers travel to PG County on Saturday for a round-robin matchup with PG Select and the HCYP Raiders.

Thursday, May 11
Torres and Prather Launch Back-to-Back Jacks - 13U Hustlers Roll

The 13U Frederick Hustlers earmarked Wednesday night’s game in Thurmont as a tune-up for its weekend Mother’s Day Tournament at Ripken in Aberdeen, MD. The Hustlers threw a different pitcher in every inning and shifted players defensively to accommodate the rotation. Offensively, the Hustlers practiced patience at the plate. Firing on all cylinders, the result was a convincing 13-1 five inning, run-rule game over the Catoctin Baseball Club. The Hustlers scored seven runs in the first and five in the second to squelch any idea Catoctin had about pulling an upset. The highlights included back-to-back home runs from Gabe Torres and Tyler Prather. Torres’ 3-run blast was to straight away center – a 330 foot “no doubter” that moved him into a tie for the team lead of two in the young season. Prather followed up with an “I can do what you can do” home run of his own – a line drive missile over the fence in left center that left the yard in a hurry. In all, the Hustlers pounded out 13 hits with Eric Ball leading the way with three, and Torres and Dustin Isanogle enjoying two each. Luke Schlimm, Austin May, Ball and Stephen Betz each tossed a scoreless inning.

The Hustlers are back in action on Saturday at 10:15am on Ripken’s Yankee Field against the Pittsburgh Outlaw.

Thursday, May 4
13U Hustlers Stand Up to Mid-Maryland United Test - Ball, Patterson Go Deep

The Frederick Hustlers flexed their muscles on a cool Wednesday evening at the ballpark and beat a solid Mid-Maryland United squad 12-0 in a game shortened by the run-rule. Nick DeLisi worked four scoreless innings on 61 pitches with four strikeouts before giving way to Luke Schlimm who tossed the final two frames and recorded five strikeouts. “The pitching definitely set the tone; both of our guys pounded the zone effectively and efficiently,” noted Coach Eisenberg.

The Hustler bats wasted little time getting started in this one. The home team struck in the second when Matt Cunningham opened with a double before the red-hot hitting Tyler Prather brought him home with a line-drive single. The big jolt once again however came off the bat of Eric Ball who followed Prather with a sizzling, two-run home run. “Eric’s home run was really big. It was the spark we needed and kind of loosened everyone up,” said Coach Roelke. The black and gold continued the momentum in the bottom half of the third when Schlimm laced a single to left. That brought the Hustler’s leadoff man to the plate and Colby Patterson showed yet another aspect of his all-around superb game. Patterson launched a two-run bomb to left center to give the Hustlers a 5-0 lead. Dustin Isanogle and Brandon Bradshaw followed with base hits, DeLisi walked, and before the inning was over, the home team enjoyed an 8-0 lead. The Hustlers recorded 13 hits on the night with Patterson and Austin May picking up two each.

NOTE: Perfect Game announced their All-Tournament Team from the event in Emerson, GA over Easter weekend and the Hustler’s Tyler Prather and Matt Cunningham garnered honors.

Monday, May 1
13Us Hit Three Home Runs in DH Sweep of Brocar Baseball

The Frederick Hustlers had the perfect recipe for Brocar Baseball on Saturday afternoon at the Yellow Springs Baseball Complex and came away with a doubleheader sweep to open their 2017 CRAB League campaign. The Hustlers leaned on their trademark pitching and defense and mixed in a little hot sauce in the form of the long ball to take two games by scores of 11-1 and 9-5. Brandon Bradshaw, Eric Ball and Gabe Torres each homered – a considerable achievement for a 13-year-old playing on a 60/90 diamond. The storyline in game one however was pitching, and Nick DeLisi and Luke Schlimm were superb. DeLisi was solid as usual in tossing the first four innings and kept Brocar scoreless. DeLisi scattered four hits and struck out four. “Nick is big-time; he was sharp from the beginning and did a great job of mixing his three pitches. He wants to be on the mound and we love him there,” noted Coach Main. Schlimm entered in the fifth and was equally effective surrendering one run on two hits while striking out seven. “Luke is a sweet lefty who got into a good rhythm and was virtually unhittable; his ceiling is really, really high,” Coach Main added. In the meantime, the Hustlers wasted little time getting going offensively. Dustin Isanogle and DeLisi opened with singles before Tyler Prather drove them in with a smash to left center. DeLisi singled again in the third and Bradshaw walked before Torres and Prather hit back-to-back doubles. Colby Patterson led off the 4th with a double and Ryan Bennett delivered a perfectly placed bunt for a single. That was followed by the Bradshaw bomb to left center. Prather led the way in game one with three hits followed by two each from Patterson, DeLisi, Torres and Austin May.

The Hustlers were visitors in game two and wasted little time getting started. Patterson drew a walk, DeLisi laced a single to left before Matt Cunningham drilled a double to the left-center gap. Ball gave the black and gold another run in the third when he launched a solo, line-drive homer to left. The Hustlers got three more in the third on a titanic blast from Torres. The Hustlers pitching, however, was not as sharp in game two. Cunningham worked the first inning and gave up two runs. Ball tossed innings two and three and gave up three runs. Steven Betz however came in and pitched the final four frames and was rock solid. Betz allowed no runs on three hits and struck out four. “That’s the kind of stuff we expect out of Steven. He has an idea and has some extra gitty-up on his fastball,” Main said. The Hustlers recorded twelve hits in game two; Ball led the way with three and Cunningham had two.

The Hustlers are back in action on Wednesday evening when they host Mid Maryland United at 6:00pm at Yellow Springs.

Tuesday, April 25
11U Hustlers Win Mason Dixon Showdown

11U Mason Dixon Tournament Champs
The 11U Hustlers traveled to Greencastle to play in the Mason Dixon Showdown tournament this past weekend. Saturday was ugly, as the Hustlers played in rainy weather both games. The young Hustlers came out of the gate strong with a big 15-0 shutout of the Winchester Nationals. Landon Johnson pitched shutout baseball for 3 innings, as the Hustlers bats dominated this game. Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, Jaxson Wood, and Andrew Raymond each had 2 hits to lead the way. Camdyn Keller homered for the Hustlers also. Game 2 was dominated by pitchers on Saturday. KMS threw 2 big lefties, and they held the Hustlers to 3 hits, while Aiden Dubetsky and Ryan Jones pitched great baseball, combining to allow no walks and 9 strikeouts in the game. The big inning for the Hustlers was in the 5th, trailing by a score of 2-1, when Ryan Jones batted with 2 outs and with 2 strikes, lifted a 2 run double to deep right center field to bring home Landon Johnson and Aiden Dubetsky home, giving the Hustlers a 3-2 lead. Jones shutdown KMS in the 5th & 6th on the mound, striking out 5 batters, and the Hustlers won the game by a score of 3-2. Landon Johnson had 2 hits for the Hustlers in the game. The Sunday action started with the Hustlers taking down the Williamsport Angels by a score of 14-4. Camren Baker, Aiden Dubetsky, Jaxson Wood, and Logan Malachowski each had 2 hits to lead the way. Andrew Raymond pitched 3 innings and Camren Baker closed it out on the mound. The semi-final game on Sunday had the Hustlers going against the Loudoun County Aces Blue team. This team knocked the Hustlers out of Long Horn tournament back in March. It looked as though they would knock the Hustlers out here also, as they led most of the game, and had a 9-5 lead entering the 5th inning, which would be the last inning due to the time limits. However, the Hustlers woke up in the 5th, and plated 5 runs, and won the game by a score of 10-9. Aiden Dubetsky and Ryan Jones each had 3 hits to lead the way, while Andrew Raymond, Gavin Hughes, and Killian Stair each had 2 hits. Ryan Jones and Logan Malachowski worked on the mound in this game. The Championship game had the Hustlers and the Winchester Nationals in a tilt that was not close to the Saturday morning matchup. The Nationals had just put up 14 runs on KMS in the semi-finals, and they didn’t stop hitting in this wild game. The Nationals led 7-0 after 2 innings, but the Hustler bats woke up in the 3rd, putting up a 10 spot. However, the Nationals kept hitting and had a 13-12 lead, but the Hustlers put up 7 in the bottom of the 5th. The Nationals didn’t go away silently, scoring 4 runs with 2 outs in the last inning, but the Hustlers held on to win by a score of 19-17, in an ugly game. Jaxson Wood led the way with 3 hits, while Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, Andrew Raymond, Gavin Hughes, and Killian Stair each had 2 hits. Logan Malachowski, Aidan Simmons, Landon Johnson, and Aiden Dubetsky all pitched in the game. Leading hitters for the tournament, Ryan Jones (.643), Andrew Raymond (.600), Gavin Hughes (.600), Killian Stair (.600) , Landon Johnson (.462), Jaxson Wood (.438), Camren Baker (.429), Aiden Dubetsky (.429), Logan Malachowski (.333).

Tuesday, April 25
13U Hustlers Split Sunday Round-Robin Action

The Frederick Hustlers headed north to Mechanicsburg, PA and enjoyed a day of sunshine, baseball and great hospitality courtesy of the Keystone Baseball Club. The Hustlers were victorious in the opener, downing the Keystone Diamondbacks 6-1 before losing the nightcap to the Keystone War Eagles 11-4. Colby Patterson enjoyed a big day at the plate. Patterson, hitting out of the leadoff spot, went 4-6 with a double and four runs scored while Dustin Isanogle was 3-7 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Austin May was 3-5 with a double, Eric Ball went 2-4 with a run scored, and Gabe Torres went 2-3 in game two with a double and two RBIs. Nick DeLisi, Patterson and Tyler Prather handled the pitching duties in game one and limited the Diamondbacks to six hits. The Hustler defense shined and turned two double plays. Matt Cunningham and Ball pitched well in game two.

Monday, April 17
13U Hustlers Open Season at Perfect Game with Mixed Results

Perfect Game at Lake Point (Emerson, GA)

What a way to start the season. The Frederick Hustlers did the unthinkable. They traveled eleven hours to the beautiful Lake Point Baseball Complex in Emerson, GA for the 2017 13U Perfect Game Invitational (Major Division). While the results were somewhat mixed, the goals were met. The Hustlers matched up against the best teams from the south and came away with a list of things to work on.

Friday night’s opener was against the Crescent City Hooks (LA). The Hustlers wasted little time getting started, grabbing a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Brandon Bradshaw drew a walk, Dustin Isanogle scorched a single to left, and Nick DeLisi walked before Tyler Prather delivered a huge, two-out single up the middle.  The Hustlers looked to be in good shape as Luke Schlimm and DeLisi were dealing on the mound - each tossing two scoreless innings. The Hooks scored three in the fifth but the Hustlers added a single run in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead heading into the final frame. Turns out, errors and walks did the good guys in as they ended up on the wrong side of a heartbreaking 7-4 game. Surprisingly, the Crescent City team went 5-0 in the tournament and defeated Team Elite South in the Championship game (the other team to defeat the Hustlers).

The Hustlers came out Saturday with a chip on their shoulders. They were determined to put game one behind them and that they did, jumping all over the Augusta (GA) River Bandits. The Hustlers held a 9-0 lead after 3.5 innings only to see the Bandits come storming back and cut the lead to 9-7. The Hustlers tacked on a single run in the fifth before Bradshaw came in and shut the door to preserve the 10-7 win. Gabe Torres (double, single) and Prather each had two hits and Isanogle and Matt Cunningham (double) each added one. The River Bandits defeated Dig In (MD) 12-6 in the quarterfinals and lost to Team Elite South in the semis.

Sunday morning’s game against Team Elite South (East Cobb) was the disappointment of the tournament. The Hustler alarm clocks never went off and the black and gold suffered a 10-0 five inning, run rule game. The Hustlers simply never got anything going. They had first and third in the first and couldn’t get the big two out hit. They then got a one-out triple from Colby Patterson in the second only to leave him stranded. Patterson’s triple and a Cunningham single were the only hits the Hustlers recorded.

Dustin Isanogle and Tyler Prather both swung the bat well during the tournament.

Tuesday, February 7
8U Players Wanted for New 2017 Spring Team



The Frederick Hustler family is excited to share that we've started a new age group for 2017 - kid pitch baseball for 8-year-olds.  Through Fall tryouts, we selected eight talented "little guys" but we are looking to add three more.  This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.  We believe in keeping the roster small so that everyone plays a lot.  The team will play in the MABA League and compete in 3-4 tournaments. 

We think that you will really like the coaching staff for this team.  Colin Doll and Chris Denny, two young guys who grew up playing for Coach Wayne, Coach Bob, and long-time Governor Thomas Johnson HS Coach Jim Foit, have taken the reigns and are excited to share their passion and enthusiasm for the game.  These are great baseball guys who don't have sons on the team.

Please contact Wayne Main at or 301-401-9034 if you have interest. 

Wednesday, July 13
12U Hustlers Make it to Semis in SATB 13U Clash of the Titans

SATB Clash of the Titans

The 12U Frederick Hustlers faced a new challenge this past weekend and ended up winning over new admirers and fans from Delaware to New York. The Hustlers traveled to Rehoboth Beach, DE for the 13U Clash of the Titans 10-team baseball tournament. The fields were bigger, the opponents were older and stronger but the game was the same. The Hustlers turned to their fundamentals and made it to the semifinals before losing an 11-10 thriller to Team All American out of Pittsburgh, PA. For the weekend, the Hustlers went 4-2 and finished with the bronze. The Hustlers picked up two wins in Friday’s pool play action with a 13-2 defeat of the Batting 1,000 Seminoles (NY) and an 11-3 win over the Brooklyn Bulldogs (NY). Saturday’s play began with a tough 8-4 loss to Team All American (PA) before taking a pivotal 8-0 shutout over the South Amboy Thunder (NJ). The top six teams advanced to Sunday’s Championship flight and the Hustlers were well positioned as the #3 seed. A rematch ensued with the Brooklyn Bulldogs who countered with a hard throwing RHP but the Hustlers once again had the answer winning 10-2. That set up the much anticipated mulligan with Team All American who had run-ruled every opponent they had faced other than the Hustlers. Playing their best baseball of the season, the Hustlers jumped out to a 9-2 lead before the All American squad made their run and took a 10-9 lead into the final frame. The Hustlers refused to go quietly rallying for a single run and sending the game into extra innings before dropping the heartbreaker.

The Hustlers got major contributions from all eleven players. The biggest surprise came in the form of the long ball where the fan favorites hit 11 homeruns on the 270 ft fences – three each by Brandon Bradshaw and Matt Cunningham, two by Marshall Mott and Gabe Torres and one (a timely grandslam) by Nick DeLisi. Dustin Isanogle once again had a great tournament hitting .500 (7/14), followed by Torres (.438, 7/16)), Bradshaw (.421, 8/19), Mott (.412, 7-17), Tyler Prather (.400, 6/15), Ryan Bennett (.400, 4/10), DeLisi (.375, 6/16), Cunningham (.375, 6/16), Andrew McElwain (.364, 4/11), Luke Schlimm (.333, 2/6) and JT Sachar (.250, 3/12).

The Hustlers also pitched well throughout the tournament where they rode the arms of Mott, DeLisi, Schlimm, Cunningham, Prather, Bradshaw and Sachar.

Wednesday, June 29
Defense Carries 12U Hustlers into CRAB League Semis

Coming off a weekend in which they played six games in Pittsburgh, the 12U Hustlers dug deep and escaped with a 5-4 win over the Hickory Hornets in quarter-final CRAB League action at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Tuesday evening. The storyline was the Hustlers’ trademark defense as they turned two double plays to thwart Hornet rallies. Both teams traded runs in the first before the Hornets erupted for three runs in the third on three-run home run from Cody Kurek to take a 4-1 lead. The Hustlers showed grit and determination by responding with two of their own in the bottom half on RBI singles by Dustin Isanogle and Marshall Mott. In the top of the fourth with a runner on first and one out, Tyler Prather snagged a one-hopper headed for right field and threw to Matt Cunningham at second who turned and fired to a hustling JT Sachar at first for a text book double play. The Hustlers then added two more in the bottom half on walks to Prather and Ryan Bennett and singles by Cunningham and Andrew McElwain. The nail in the coffin, however, proved to be in the top of the fifth when the Hornets loaded the bases with no outs and fell victim to another double play. First, Cunningham fielded a ball at short and showed off his arm getting a force at home. Then, Mott fielded a come-backer and threw to DeLisi at home who then unleashed a fastball to Prather to complete the 1-2-3 back-breaking double play. Luke Schlimm pitched four strong innings with six strikeouts before giving way to Mott in the fifth. Mott entered with the bases loaded and pitched out of the jam.

The Hustlers return to Aberdeen on Wednesday night for a semi-final clash with the Gambrills Athletic Club.

Tuesday, June 28
12U Hustlers Finish in Top 8 in Pittsburgh New Era Cap Classic

The 12U Frederick Hustlers traveled up the PA Turnpike to the Steel City for the 2016 New Era Cap Classic and came away with a 4-2 record and a Top Eight finish in the 22 team tournament. The Hustlers got out of the gate fast with a 35-0 thrashing of the Burning River Baseball Club (OH) where they hit seven home runs. The Boys from Frederick followed that with a 7-6 win over a solid Pittsburgh Slider ball club (PA) before losing 12-11 to the Westmoreland Wolverines (PA). In that game, the Hustlers battled back from a 12-5 deficit in the bottom of the sixth and had the tying and winning runs on second and third when the game ended. The Hustlers played their best baseball of the tournament on Saturday when they beat a strong Detroit Bees (MI) squad 10-2 to end pool play and started seeded play with an impressive 13-3 win over the talented NY Muckdogs. As happens so many times in tournament play, the Hustlers were pitted once again against the Detroit Bees with a trip to the semifinal game on the line. The Bees were better this time around as they beat the Hustlers 11-3. The Detroit Bees ended up playing in the Championship game.

The Hustlers got strong pitching performances from Brandon Bradshaw, Nick DeLisi, Marshall Mott, Tyler Prather, Matt Cunningham and Andrew McElwain throughout the tournament. Offensively, the Hustlers found their groove and pounded 15 home runs – five each by Mott and Cunningham, two by DeLisi, and one a piece for Bradshaw, McElwain and Dustin Isanogle. The scrappy Isanogle who loves playing the game led the Hustlers in hitting with a .692 average (9-13), followed by Bradshaw (.688, 11-16), Mott (.647, 11-17), Cunningham (.529, 9-17), McElwain (.467, 7-15) and DeLisi (.438, 7-16).

You can catch the Hustlers back in action on Jul 8-10 when they travel to Rehoboth Beach , DE to participate in the 13U Division of the Clash of the Titans.

Monday, June 20
12U Streak Reaches Ten before Hustlers Stumble

The 12U Frederick Hustlers traveled down I270 Saturday night to beautiful Cabin John Park for a doubleheader against Bethesda Chevy-Chase. The black and gold ran their win streak to ten straight in the opener with a 5-1 win before seeing it snapped in the nightcap by a score of 4-0.

Nick DeLisi tossed four shutout innings in game one; DeLisi was magnificent allowing one BCC hit and fanning two. Brandon Bradshaw closed things out with two frames of solid relief. Meanwhile, the Hustler bats go going in the first as JT Sachar walked and scored on a Tyler Prather double. Bradshaw followed with a big triple to give the Hustlers a quick 2-0 lead. The Hustlers then turned to small ball to pick up a run in the 3rd and two more in the fifth. Prather led the way with two doubles, while Gabe Torres doubled, Matt Cunningham tripled, and Andrew McElwain singled.

Game two was a thriller even though the Hustlers came out on the wrong side. The game was a classic pitching duel as the Hustler’s Luke Schlimm and BCC’s Ethan Engel locked horns for six scoreless innings. BCC’s Engel was superb as he only allowed a JT Sachar single and Schlimm was equally impressive as he only allowed two BCC hits. The crafty, carefree lefthander struck out five and only walked two in giving his team a chance. Dustin Isanogle made a beautiful running grab in the bottom of the sixth on what looked like a certain extra base hit to send the game into extras. Two walks and an untimely error sandwiched between two scratch hits in the 7th made for a long ride back to Frederick for the Hustler faithful.

The Hustlers are back in action Thursday evening for their first game in the New Era Cap Classic in Pittsburgh, PA.

Saturday, June 11
12Us Run Win Streak to Nine - beat Hickory and HCYP

The 12U Frederick Hustlers continued their winning ways on Saturday, beating the Hickory Hornets 7-2 and the HCYP Raiders 7-6. Nick DeLisi worked four strong innings in game one and only allowed an earned run with four strikeouts. Brandon Bradshaw closed out the win with two scoreless innings. Tyler Prather, Gabe Torres and Matt Cunningham led the 11-hit attack with two hits each. A clutch, bases-loaded single from Torres followed by a huge Ryan Talbert double and Matt Cunningham single in the fifth broke open an otherwise close ball game. Bradshaw, Dustin Isanogle, Ryan Bennett and Jake Sherdel each added singles in the game.

The Hustlers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in game two before holding off a furious comeback by the HCYP Raiders. Luke Schlimm worked four flawless innings before tiring in the fifth. Bradshaw again came in and closed out the win. Gabe Torres kept the sizzling bat going in game two as he singled in a run in the first and homered in the third – a majestic bomb estimated at 320 feet.  Ryan Talbert followed Torres’ shot with one of his own to give the Hustlers back-to-back jacks. Talbert also drove in what turned out to be the game winner in the bottom of the fifth with a single after Prather and Bradshaw led off the inning with hits. DeLisi, McElwain, and Schlimm also had singles.

The Hustlers are back in action on Saturday evening, June 18, for a doubleheader against Bethesda Chevy Chase at Cabin John Park, Field #2.  The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30pm. The second game will be the first game this season for the Hustlers under the lights.

Monday, June 6
DeLisi, Schlimm Toss Gems as 12U Hustlers Capture Crab Claw Classic Championship

12U Crab Claw Classic Champs
Tournament MVP Nick DeLisi and Luke Schlimm delivered back-to-back complete game gems as the Hustlers captured the 4th Annual Chesapeake Viper Crab Claw Classic in Centreville, MD on Sunday. DeLisi got the ball in the semifinal game against the host team Chesapeake Vipers and turned in a gutsy performance. The big righthander from Monrovia, MD scattered four hits with five strikeouts and gave his team a chance to battle a solid arm in the Viper’s LB Thompson. The “new fight” Hustlers did just that. After two outs in the bottom of the first, Tyler Prather and Brandon Bradshaw worked full count walks before Gabe Torres stepped in and delivered the difference-maker with a three run bomb over the right center fence. The Vipers answered with two of their own in the second and the game remained tight until the bottom of the 4th when Ryan Talbert laced a two-run single and Matt Cunningham delivered a clutch sacrifice fly. Dustin Isanogle followed with a beautiful triple in the right field corner and Andrew McElwain brought Isanogle home with a sacrifice to give the Hustlers some breathing room. The Hustlers went on to win 9-4 and punch a ticket in the Championship Game.

The Hustlers had their work cut out for them in the finale. Facing undoubtedly the best arm to date in the Delaware Diamond’s Jenkins, the Hustlers needed to be solid in all phases. Luke Schlimm took care of the pitching as the crafty lefthander was magnificent. After surrendering a leadoff double and two-out run scoring single in the top of the first, Schlimm was perfect. Mixing a live fastball with a filthy curve ball, the kid with the big smile held the Diamonds to two hits with seven strikeouts over the last five innings. Offensively, the Hustlers found a way. JT Sachar led off with a walk in the bottom of the first and Tyler Prather doubled to right center to knot the game at one a piece. The Hustlers added a run in the fourth on a key Nick DeLisi double and picked up an insurance run in the fifth when Talbert led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a Cunningham sac and scored on an Isanogle single. The Hustlers took home the trophies with a great 4-1 team win.

The Hustlers beat an undermanned Severna Park team 17-2 in the first game on Sunday.

For the tournament, Cunningham and McElwain hit .555 (5/9), Prather hit .500 (5/10), DeLisi and Isanogle chipped in with .455 (5/11) and Torres and Talbert hit .400 (4/10).

Saturday, June 4
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.

Tuesday, May 31
Hustlers win 2016 Maryland Stars & Strikes 10A Championship

The 10U Hustlers traveled to Ellicott City to participate in the Maryland Stars and Strikes tournament on Saturday. The Hustlers had been playing much better baseball over their last four games, and things continued on this long holiday weekend. The Hustlers opened with BCCC Warriors Saturday morning. BCCC plated 3 runs in the first, but the Hustlers topped that with 4 in the bottom of the first, and 4 more in the second. This ended up being a tight game, but the Hustlers held on the win 10-9. Ryan Jones had 3 hits including a triple, while Connor Allen had two hits including a double. Camren Baker, Mason Miller, Landon Johnson, Tyler Schroyer, and Brett Lucas each had 1 hit. Logan Malachowski pitched the first two innings, Mason Miller pitched 3 innings, and Tyler Schroyer came on in the last inning to shut the doors on the Warriors. Game two on Saturday was a pitcher’s duel, as the Hustlers faced the Diamond Dodger Skills. Ryan Jones and Tyler Schroyer each pitched great baseball, but a few miscues in the field allowed the Dodger skills to plate 3 unearned runs, and the Hustlers lost the game by a score of 4-3. Jones pitched 3& 2/3 innings, allowing 1 earned run, and Schroyer pitched 1&1/3 inning, allowing no earned runs. Camren Baker had two hits, while Jones, Landon Johnson, double, Schroyer, Logan Malachowski, Jaxson Wood, and Landon Tolber each had 1 hit. Sunday, the Hustlers started with the WHC Renegades, who won the 9A bracket in this tournament last year. The Hustlers quickly put an end to the Renegades tournament, by jumping on top with 4 runs in the first, and continued chipping away each inning, and went on to take an 8-2 victory from the Renegades. Again, as was the case all weekend, the Hustlers got great pitching from the entire staff. Brett Lucas pitched 3 innings allowing no runs, with 4K’s. Connor Allen pitched two innings, and Tyler Schroyer shutdown the Renegades in the last inning. Camren Baker had 2 hits, while Ryan Jones, Allen, Mason Miller, Landon Johnson, Schroyer, Logan Malachowski, Killian Stair, and Jaxson Wood each had 1 hit. Malachowski, Miller, Schroyer, and Wood each doubled. Game 4 had the Hustlers facing a very tough Bel Air team from the CRAB League. This was a 2-2 game going into the 3rd inning, when the Hustlers plated 3 in the 3rd, and 3 more in the 4th, and went on to take a big time victory over a good team by the score of 8-5. Landon Johnson pitched 4 great innings on the hill, allowing only 3 earned runs. Tyler Schroyer pitched a scoreless final two innings to shutdown Bel Air. Connor Allen led the way for the Hustlers with 3 hits, while Jaxson Wood had 2 hits. Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, Mason Miller, Landon Johnson, Logan Malachowski, and Landon Tolbert each had 1 hit. Malachowski and Baker each tripled. Monday,s semifinals had the Hustlers facing the API team from the CRAB league. Again, this was another tight game. The Hustlers fell behind 2-1 after 3 innings, but plated 4 runs in the 4th, and held on to win by a score of 5-4. Ryan Jones pitched 3 innings, allowing 1 earned run, with 5 K’s, and Tyler Schroyer pitched 3 innings, allowing 1 earned run. API had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th, but Schroyer got a short fly ball to Left field, and a bloop fly ball to Short, and hold the game for the Hustlers. Landon Johnson had 2 hits, while Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, Connor Allen, Tyler Schroyer, and Logan Malachowski each had 1 hit. Malachowski, Schroyer, and Johnson each doubled. The championship game, which was game 6 of the weekend for the Hustlers, had them facing the Diamond Dodger Skills team, who just 10 runned a good KMS Baseball team from the CRAB league. This was a back and forth game. The Hustlers fell behind by a 4-2 score after 2 innings, but plated 2 in the 4th, and 3 more in the 4th. The Dodger Skills opened the bottom of the 6th down 7-5. They scored a run to make it 7-6, and had runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. The Hustlers elected to walk a big stick by the name of Kroll to load the bases. That is when Brett Lucas went to work on the mound. He induced a popup to himself, and a ground ball to Killian Stair at second base, and the Hustlers took home the Championship game by a score of 7-6. Lucas pitched a wonderful 4 innings of baseball allowing 1 earned run. Logan Malachowski pitched the first two innings for the Hustlers. Camren baker, Killian Stair, Brett Lucas, and Jaxson Wood each had 2 hits, while Ryan Jones, Connor Allen, Malachowski, and Landon Tolbert each had 1 hit. Jones doubled. The Hustler pitchers were awesome all weekend long. Leading hitters for the weekend: Camren Baker .500, Connor Allen .500, Ryan Jones .471, Jaxson Wood .462, Landon Johnson .333, and Logan Malachowski .333.

Friday, May 27
12U Hustlers Ride into Memorial Day Weekend on High Note

The 12U Hustlers played host to the Bulldog Baseball Club out of Gettysburg/Hanover, PA on Wednesday night and showed no signs of looking ahead to the customary Memorial Day weekend break. The young Hustlers clicked in all facets as they beat the Bulldogs 14-0. Nick DeLisi got the start on the hill and he was rock solid as usual. DeLisi held the team from up north hitless with four strikeouts over two innings and the Hustler bats sizzled on a beautiful night at the park. JT Sachar singled to open the first, DeLisi walked, Tyler Prather ripped a double to left, Gabe Torres hit a sacrifice fly, Brandon Bradshaw smoked a single to left center, Ryan Talbert singled up the middle and Matt Cunningham doubled to the fence in right center producing a 4-0 lead. The Hustlers would go on to score three in the second, four in the third and three more in the fourth. The Hustlers tallied 18 hits in five innings. Sachar and Talbert led the way with three hits a piece; one of Talbert’s was a double high off the fence in left center. Prather, Bradshaw and Jake Sherdel each had two hits. Dustin Isanogle had a two-run double. Bradshaw, Sherdel, Luke Schlimm and Prather each pitched a scoreless inning. Bradshaw struck out three and Schlimm fanned two batters.

Saturday, May 14
12U Hustlers Get Knocked Down But Get Back Up

The Frederick Hustlers forgot to set their alarm clocks for Saturday’s 11:00am opener against the PG Select Blue Sox and found themselves on the wrong end of an 11-1 thrashing. PG’s Luis Noda had something to do with that as he held the black and gold to two hits and one run with four strikeouts in three innings of work. Nick Delisi took the mound for the Hustlers and was deserted by his usually stout defense which committed an uncharacteristic seven errors. The Hustlers only mustered four hits in the five inning game shortened by the run rule. Luke Schlimm led the way with two hits and Ryan Talbert and Dustin Isanogle each contributed one.

Game two was a different story. Schlimm tossed a five inning gem striking out six and only allowing five hits in an 11-1 Hustler blowout. Schlimm dominated and the Hustler bats came to life. The Hustlers had ten hits with JT Sachar going 3-3 with two doubles. Matt Cunningham, Talbert and DeLisi each came thru with key run-scoring hits. Tyler Prather had a double.

The Hustlers are back in action Tuesday evening at Yellow Springs against the Gettysburg Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm on Field 1.

Tuesday, May 10
12U Hustlers Battle Olney in Mother's Day Special

The 12U Hustlers played host to the Olney Pirates on Sunday and came away with a split – winning the first game 6-5 and losing the nightcap 7-6. In the opener, the Pirates scored two quick runs in the top of the first to let the home crowd know that they were there and ready to play. The Hustlers, a new determined bunch comprised of seasoned returning players and several key offseason acquisitions, answered with an emphatic four-spot in the bottom of the inning. Game on. JT Sachar drew a leadoff walk and stole second before Nick DeLisi unleashed a drive to left center for a standup double. Tyler Prather ripped a single and the Hustlers were off and running. Olney recaptured the lead in the third when they scored twice after scoring a single run in second. DeLisi then followed a Sachar single with a bomb to left center to give the home team the lead for good. DeLisi worked a solid four innings and Luke Schlimm came in and pitched a scoreless 5th and 6th inning. DeLisi and Prather led the Hustlers with two hits each.

The Pirates jumped to a 3-0 lead after two innings of play in game two. The Hustlers answered with two runs in the third and one in the fourth on big run scoring hits from Gabe Torres and Ryan Talbert. The Pirates tacked a single run in the third and the held a 4-3 lead going into the 5th inning. Sachar and DeLisi reached safely to start the 5th before Prather homered deep to left center to jolt the Hustler faithful. The Hustlers took that 6-4 lead into the bottom of the last inning where it seemed like a sweep was inevitable. Olney had other ideas as the well-coached ball club is always going to fight until the end. Bryce Greene led off with a sharp single, Cooper Kroll followed with his own base hit before Phil Stasko ended things with a walk-off two-run home run. Prather and Brandon Bradshaw handled the pitching duties for the Hustlers and both threw well. JT Sachar had an all-around impressive day putting together great at bats and playing well defensively at 2B and SS.

Sunday, May 1
12U Hustlers Golden at Ripken Event

Ripken 2016

The Frederick Hustlers traveled to Aberdeen, MD for the 18-team RIPKEN Gold Glove tournament and played flawless baseball in pool play on Saturday. The Hustlers blanked the Monroe Falcons (Monroe Township, NJ) 6-0 in game one and jumped all over the South Jersey Rams 19-0 in game two. The Hustlers impressive play landed them the #1 seed for Sunday where they were to play the #8 seeded PA Diamond Nine at 8:00am on Cal Sr Field. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and the Sunday slate was cancelled due to heavy rain in the Harford County area all day.

The Saturday opener proved to be a great challenge for the Hustlers as they faced the best arm of the season to date. JT Sachar opened the game with a walk and the big Monroe RHP proceeded to strikeout the Hustlers 2, 3 and 4 hitters. Gabe Torres had different ideas in the second inning. Torres stepped to the plate and after falling behind 0-2 he gave the black and gold a big shot in the arm with a monstrous home run. Torres' homer, measured at 280 feet, flew the outfield of the adjacent field and landed on the infield dirt. The Hustlers kept the pressure on as Ryan Talbert and Dustin Isanogle each singled sharply to center and Ryan Bennett brought Talbert home with a sacrifice bunt. The Hustlers grabbed a 2-0 lead and were feeling good about themselves. The Hustlers would add one in the third and three more in the fifth. Nick DeLisi had huge hits in both innings - picking up a single in the 3rd and a double in the fifth. Talbert's 2-run double in the fifth was the other big blow. Sachar, Brandon Bradshaw, Isanogle and Torres each reached safely twice, and DeLisi and Talbert had two hits. Matt Cunningham, Bradshaw and Luke Schlimm combined to shut out the Falcons. The Hustlers flashed their trademark leather and turned two double plays – one a backbreaker on a long-running ESPN highlight grab by CF Isanogle who then doubled up the runner at first.

Game two was a little déjà vu all over again. The SJ Rams countered with a soft lefty who gave the Hustlers fits in the first inning. Gabe Torres changed all of that in the second when he launched his second bomb of the day – this one landed on the bank before the playground on Cal Sr’s field in left center. The Hustlers then added two in the third and sixteen runs in the fourth to end the game with the run rule. Tyler Prather and Ryan Talbert each had three hits; one of Prather’s was a triple off the wall in straight away center. Bradshaw singled and doubled, and Torres added a double to go with his HR. Sachar and Jake Sherdel each contributed two hits; one of Sherdel’s was a double. Cunningham doubled, and DeLisi and Isanogle each had hits. Tyler Prather was fantastic on the mound tossing three scoreless innings. Bradshaw closed things out with a solid fourth inning.

Thursday, April 28
Cunningham Propels 12U Hustlers Past Raiders

Matt Cunningham #2

The 12U Frederick Hustlers put together their best all-around performance of the young season and beat a solid HCYP Raiders Blue team out of Howard County 4-0 on a cool Wednesday evening at the ballpark. Nick DeLisi, Luke Schlimm and Tyler Prather split the pitching duties for the Hustlers and all were superb. The right-left-right combination held the Raiders to four hits. The Hustlers meanwhile had their work cut out as they faced two hard throwing arms in lefty Evan Marcinko and righty Ripken Reese. JT Sachar got things going in the bottom of the first when he worked a walk and ended up scoring on a passed ball. The Hustlers tacked on two more in the fourth when Gabe Torres led off with a missile to right center for a single and Matt Cunningham followed with a long two-run bomb to left. The Hustlers picked up their final run in the fifth when Prather and Cunningham each singled. On the defensive side, the Hustlers turned to their trademark play. Cunningham showed why he's one of the best middle infielders around as he turned in three beautiful plays at short. Dustin Isanogle was spectacular behind the plate and Schlimm threw a bullet from CF to the plate in the fourth to squelch a Raider rally. The Hustlers finished the game with eight hits. Cunningham had two and DeLisi, Prather, Torres, Ryan Talbert, Isanogle, and Ryan Bennett each had one. Talbert reached safely all three at bats and Sachar reached safely twice.

The Hustlers head to Aberdeen, MD this weekend for the Ripken Gold Glove Tournament.

Monday, April 25
12U Hustlers Stumble in Game Two

The 12U Frederick Hustlers continued to master their Sunday Jekyll and Hyde act pounding Backyard University 20-7 in the opener and losing 2-0 to Gambrills in the nightcap. The boys from Frederick recorded 16 hits in game one and kept the pedal to the floor scoring in all five innings. Tyler Prather had four hits, and JT Sachar and Nick DeLisi each had three in a game shortened by the run-rule. Dustin Isanogle and Luke Schlimm each chipped in with two. Ryan Talbert, Schlimm and Jake Sherdel each doubled. Gambrill’s Eddie Sargent had other ideas in game two. Sargent, playing more like a General, limited the Hustlers to three hits – two by Sachar and one by Ryan Bennett. The Hustlers only struck out twice but simply couldn’t get anything going against a quality arm. Nick DeLisi worked the first four innings and was the hard luck loser. DeLisi walked the first two batters of the game and gave up a single to Daray Murdock and that was the difference. DeLisi only surrendered three hits in four innings and struck out six. Luke Schlimm worked a perfect 5th and 6th to give the Hustlers a chance. The Hustlers got runners on 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 6th and it looked like there would be some Hustler magic. Sargent induced a groundout to 3rd to record a complete game shutout. The Hustlers JT Sachar had an impressive day going 5-6 with two walks and four runs.

The Hustlers play host to the HCYP Raiders on Wednesday before heading to Ripken in Aberdeen on the weekend for the Gold Glove Classic.

Friday, April 15
Prather, Sherdel Power 12U Hustlers

Tyler “T” Prather and Jake “The Snake” Sherdel played long ball, and Nick DeLisi was spectacular on the mound as the Hustlers throttled the Maryland Warriors 10-5 on a warm and comfortable night at the ballpark. DeLisi worked three solid innings and allowed his offense to go to work. The Hustlers leadoff man Josh “JT” Sachar found his groove and got the black and gold going in the first with a double to left center. DeLisi followed with a single before Prather unleashed a three-run bomb to straight away center. The home team tacked on two more in the second when Luke Schlimm walked before Sherdel ripped a two run shot over the fence in left field. The Hustlers never looked back. The Hustlers added four more in the fifth as Sachar drew a leadoff walk, and Prather, Matt Cunningham and Gabe Torres followed with RBI singles. Ryan Talbert closed out the scoring with a scorching two-run line drive off the fence in left center. DeLisi finished the game with two hits including a double, and Prather was 2-2 with a homerun, SAC fly and five RBIs. DeLisi tossed three innings allowing one earned run on a scratch single with four strikeouts. Cunningham worked the 4th and 5th and was effective limiting the Warriors to just one run. Sachar worked the 6th and Talbert the 7th as the Hustlers ran their CRAB League record to 4-1.

The Hustlers are scheduled for two games on Sunday at Yellow Springs against Hickory and Catoctin. Game one is slated to begin at noon.

Monday, April 4
10U Hustlers Open 2016 Season at LongHorn Tourney in Leesburg, VA

The 10U Frederick Hustlers got their season underway on Saturday, April 2nd, playing in the Long Horn tournament in Leesburg, Virginia. The first game had the Hustlers paired up with PG Select Blue Sox. Ryan Jones pitched a scoreless 1st, and the Hustlers quickly put two on the board in the bottom of the first as Camren Baker and Jones scored. PG Select tied the game in the second, and went ahead in the top of the 3rd by a run. But the Hustlers responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the third and held on to win a tight 5-4 victory. Jones pitched the first two innings, while Mason Miller pitched the middle inning, and Landon Johnson came on in the last two innings to shutdown PG Select. Each of them pitched well. This game was about pitching and defense, as each team only had four hits. The young hustlers committed only one error in the game. Baker, Jones, Miller, and Landon Johnson each had one hit for the Hustlers.

The second game had the Hustlers facing the Potomac Riverdogs. The Riverdogs scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings, but could not keep up with the hot Hustler bats, as the Hustlers plated 3 in the first, 4 in the second, and 4 more in the 3rd. The game was called after 4 innings due to the time limit, and the Hustlers came away with a 12-5 victory. Brett Lucas led the way with 2 doubles, one which was a monster shot to right center that bounced off the top of the fence and back into the field of play. Mason Miller and Jaxson Wood each hit long doubles in the game also. Camren Baker, Ryan Jones, Connor Allen, Miller, Landon Johnson, Logan Malachowski, Landon Tolbert, and Wood each had 1 hit. Tyler Schroyer pitched the first two innings, and Brett Lucas pitched the last two innings in the win.

Unfortunately the tournament was canceled Sunday due to the weather. The Hustlers are back in action next weekend, starting CRAB league play

Monday, April 4
Opening Day 2016: 12U Hustlers Sweep Doubleheader

Schlimm and DeLisi

The 12U Frederick Hustlers opened their 2016 campaign in grand fashion, beating a solid Backyard University Gamer squad out of York, PA by scores of 4-0 and 12-4. Pitching ruled this cold day at the park as Nick DeLisi, Luke Schlimm, Matt Cunningham and Jake Sherdel all pitched well. DeLisi was particularly sharp in the opener tossing four shutout innings with eight strikeouts. Schlimm closed out game one in equally dominant form striking out four in two innings and worked the first two innings of game two and only allowed one run with two strikeouts. Cunningham pitched the middle three innings of game two allowing two runs in his first inning before settling down and tossing two shutout innings. Sherdel closed out the game giving up one run and benefiting from a beautiful double-play by 2B Andrew McElwain.

The Hustler bats were hot on this chilly day, producing six hits in game one and eleven in game two. New addition Gabe Torres got things started in game one with a run-scoring single to left followed by Ryan Bennett’s RBI liner to right. JT Sachar led off the third with a sharp single to left center and was brought home with a laced RBI double by DeLisi to the gap in right center. Torres drew a walk to start the fourth and was eventually driven home by Ryan Talbert. The Hustlers exploded for 12 runs in the nightcap with Sachar, Cunningham, Tyler Prather, Talbert and Schlimm each accounting for two. Schlimm and Bennett each had three hits; one of Schlimm's was a double. DeLisi had two doubles and three RBIs. On the day, Bennett was 5-6 with four RBIs, DeLisi was 3-6 with three doubles and four RBIs, and Schlimm was 3-5 with three RBIs.

The Hustlers are back in action on Sunday, April 10 at Yellow Springs where they play host to Gambrills High Heat and the BCC Big Train in round-robin action. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30pm.

Monday, June 29
11U Hustlers Win Sports at the Beach “Schools Out” Championship

Sports at the Beach CHAMPS
The Frederick Hustlers rolled into Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for the 15-team Sports at the Beach Tournament and left with the Championship. The winners, known for their outstanding pitching and defense, added one more spice to their recipe and that came in the form of the long ball. Matt Cunningham hit three home runs, Marshall Mott connected twice, and Joe Pippin and Tyler Prather each had one as the Hustlers outscored their six opponents 58-15. Mott, Cunningham, Nick DeLisi, Justin Ropp, and Pippin all came up big on the mound throughout the weekend. The Hustlers beat the Waldwick Warriors 13-0 on Friday to open pool play and then took care of the Northern Valley Coyotes 7-4. The boys in black and gold then turned around Saturday and dispatched the Delmarva Diamonds 11-3 before the heavy rain came. Saturday’s second scheduled game against the Frozen Ropes Rockies was cancelled. The #1 seeded Hustlers started Championship Round play on Sunday with an impressive 11-0 win over the Olney All-Stars. They followed that up with an equally exciting 10-5 win over the GB Heat; the GB Heat had just eliminated the strong Olney Pirates from the CRAB League 8-1. The Championship game pitted the tournament’s #1 and #2 seeds and this day belonged to the Hustlers. DeLisi, Cunningham and Pippin limited the Pittsburgh Outlaws to three runs in the 6-3 win. Mott led the Hustlers at the plate going 6-11, followed by Prather (7-13), DeLisi (7-14), Pippin (7-14), Ropp (6-12), Cunningham (6-15) and JT Sachar (4-10).

Tuesday, June 23
Hustlers Dominate ALL-AREA First Team Honors

FNP All-Area First Team

Congratulations to the following players who spent time developing their skills as Frederick Hustlers.  Eighteen players were recognized by the Frederick News Post as High School ALL-AREA First Teamers for 2015 and eleven of those young men wore the Hustler black and vegas gold.  We are incredibly proud of these guys as they are not only super-talented on the diamond, they are outstanding young men.  We take great pride in drawing players from all over - these guys represent Middletown, Brunswick, Urbana, Walkersville, Governor Thomas Johnson, Oakdale and Tuscarora High Schools.

Would you like to be next? Tryouts for next year's Hustler teams are August 15-16 and 22-23 at Yellow Springs. 

Monday, June 22
12U Hustlers Win RIPKEN In the Zone Tournament

Ripken In The Zone Champs


The 12U Hustlers went 4-0 while winning the Ripken In The Zone Tournament. The Hustlers utilized 6 pitchers: David Karszen, Brooks Burnett, Graham Albers, Justin Lynch, Brooks Aleshire, and Colby Horning. Colby Horning was selected as the MVP during the championship win over the Calvert Tide; he had 8 strikeouts over 4 innings of work. Brooks Burnett came in and closed out the final two innings. During the two day tournament Adrian McGuthrie led the Hustlers with 9 RBI's, followed by David Karszen and Kyle Brown with 5 RBI's each. All 12 players contributed at least one RBI.


Monday, June 22
12U Hustlers Win Battle at Gettysburg Championship

2015 12U Battle at Gettysburg CHAMPS

Monday, June 8
11U Hustlers Fall 6-3 in Semis to Tournament Champ

The 11U Hustlers enjoyed a great weekend of baseball in the 4th Annual Battle at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, PA. The Hustlers went 2-0 in Saturday’s preliminary round and beat the Renegades Athletic Club 8-7 and the Keystone Bombers 12-9. Saturday’s play earned the Hustlers the #4 seed in the 14 team tournament Championship round. The young Hustlers started Sunday’s play with an impressive 15-0 win over the Central PA Yetis (#5 seed). That set up a semi-final matchup with the talented #1 seeded GoWags War Eagles. The War Eagles prevailed by a score of 6-3 and went on to win the tournament championship. The War Eagles outscored their other four opponents by a combined score of 38-1, including an 8-0 win over the Southern MD Knights in the final game.

Marshall Mott started on the mound in the semi-final game and was most impressive for 2.2 innings. Unfortunately, Mott ran out of gas and surrendered four runs before the 3rd inning ended. Matt Cunningham came on in relief and pitched well.

Mott, Cunningham, Andrew McElwain, Tyler Prather and Justin Ropp all had strong outings on the mound over the weekend.    McElwain (7-11, .636), Cunningham (5-9, .555) and Nick DeLisi (5-11, .455) led the Hustlers offensively. Cunningham and Jared Struss each homered.

The Hustlers are back in action Wednesday night, 6:00pm, at the Yellow Springs Baseball Complex.

Thursday, May 21
Hustlers Cool Off HCYP

Hustlers Celebrate with Jimmie Cone

The Hustlers took on one of the hottest CRAB League teams on Wednesday night in Howard County and came away with a 12-1 win over the HCYP Raiders. Nick DeLisi, Marshall Mott and Tyler Prather shared the pitching duties and all three competed. DeLisi worked three scoreless to open the game and only gave up two hits. Mott came in for innings four and five and only surrendered one run on two hits. Prather slammed the door with a scoreless sixth and seventh and was aided by an impressive 6-4-3 double play. JT Sachar led the Hustlers with four hits and three runs. Joe Pippin, Ryan Bennett and Dustin Isanogle each had two hits; one of Bennett’s was a double. Matt Cunningham had a double to go along with two SAC flies and four RBIs. DeLisi, Prather and Mott each had a hit.

The Hustlers are back in action at home on Thursday, May 28 against the Olney Pirates.

Wednesday, May 6
12U Hustlers Finish Second at 6th Annual Chocolatetown Classic

12U Hustlers Claim Runnerup Medals
The 12U Hustlers put together a strong weekend in defeating the Wyckoff Raiders (NJ) 12-2, Seneca War Eagles (NJ) 12-4, Elite Baseball (PA) 11-1, Loudoun South Eagles (PA) 19-5, and the Mid-State Mavericks (PA) 9-5 before losing to the South Jersey Sand Sharks 16-1 in the Championship game at the 6th Annual CHOCOLATETOWN Classic in Hershey, PA over the weekend.

Monday, May 4
11U Hustlers Finish Runner-up at RIPKEN Gold Glove

Ripken Gold Glove Runnerups
The Frederick Hustlers made the trek to Aberdeen, MD for the 16-team Ripken Gold Glove tournament over the weekend and came away with second place and numerous new admirers of their stellar defensive play. Playing the 8:00am game on Saturday at Cal Sr.’s Stadium Field, the Hustlers showed a lot of life in defeating the Bergen Express (NJ) 9-1. Justin Ropp was fantastic on the mound working three innings with four strikeouts and holding Bergen to one run. Matt Cunningham and Marshall Mott closed the deal with three scoreless innings. Nick DeLisi led the Hustlers with two base hits. JT Sachar doubled, Cunningham tripled and Tyler Prather added a single. The Hustlers kept the pedal to the floor in defeating the Washington Township Minutemen 10-0 in the 2:45pm game. Marshall Mott and Joe Pippin combined on an abbreviated no-hitter with four strikeouts and the Hustler defense made several nice plays in the field. DeLisi and Cunningham each had two hits; one of Cunningham’s was a double. JT Sachar, Ropp, Ryan Talbert and Andrew McElwain each singled while Pippin had a double.

Saturday’s effort earned the black and gold the #1 seed for Sunday’s championship round and another game on Cal Sr’s Stadium Field at 10:15am. This time the opponent was the South River Seahawks (Annapolis, MD) and the Hustlers won 9-0. Ropp and Pippin again combined on the shutout and the defense was again very sharp and fun to watch. Prather and McElwain each had two hits. One of Prather’s was a triple. Sachar also tripled, Pippin and Cunningham doubled, and Talbert singled in the win. The Hustlers moved on to the semi-final game against the Mid-Atlantic Shockers (Salisbury, MD) at 12:30pm. The Shockers scored one in the first but were then shut down by Mott and Cunningham who combined for five strikeouts. The Hustlers swung tired bats and only accounted for two hits (Sachar and Ropp) but managed to take advantage of four Shocker miscues in the field to take a 4-1 win and advance to the Championship game.

The Hustlers lost the Championship game 10-0 to the South Jersey Titans and most surprisingly, played uninspired baseball with the title on the line. The Titans struck early in the first when tournament MVP Adams Williams hit a deep home run to left to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. It looked like the Hustlers would bounce right back as Sachar and DeLisi scorched base hits to lead off the bottom half of the first. The Hustlers had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs but went quietly when the 3, 4 and 5 hitters popped up consecutively to end the threat. The Hustlers had runners on 2nd and 3rd in the second inning as well with one out but got a weak ground ball to third and a sharp line out to first to end the inning. Sachar and Pippin led the way with two hits while DeLisi, Ropp, Cunningham, and Talbert each had singles.

Monday, July 7
10U Drops Heartbreaker in CRAB League Postseason Championship Game

Zach Rutter Home Run

After finishing the CRAB League regular season with a League best 19-4 record and winning the 10U National Division with a 7-1 record, the Hustlers grabbed the #1 overall seed and opened postseason play against a tough Maryland Warriors squad. As has been the case for the most of the season in big games, the Hustlers handed the ball to Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) and he did not disappoint. Ropp held the good hitting Warriors scoreless for three innings while the Hustlers went to work with their bats. JT Sachar (Green Valley) led off with a double in the first and scored on a Ropp base hit. Dustin Isanogle reached on an error to start the second and later scored on singles by Hayden Bailey (Walkersville) and Brandon Buschman (Walkersville). The Hustlers picked up two more runs in the third on a Ropp walk and singles by Andrew McElwain (St. Johns) and Joseph Pippin (Oakdale) to take what seemed like a commanding 4-0 lead. The lead grew to 5-0 before the Warriors mounted a huge comeback. Brandon Buschman pitched a shutdown inning in the 4th but struggled in the 5th with a couple of walks sandwiched between two hits and an error. The Hustlers still felt good about themselves taking a 5-3 lead into the last inning but the first two batters reached via base hits. JT Sachar came in to put out the fire with the Warriors having the tying run on third when the last out was recorded. Ropp and McElwain led the way offensively with two hits a piece while Sachar, Pippin, Ryan Bennett (St Johns), Bailey, Buschman, Zach Rutter (Middletown, RBI), and Riley Donovan (Tuscarora) each had one.

The Championship game ended up pitting the two teams with the best records during the regular season. The Olney Pirates punched their ticket with an 11-10 win over HCYP and the Hustlers knew they would have to play well to stay with the extremely talented Pirate team. The Hustlers, sporting their Vegas Gold jerseys, did not disappoint. Andrew McElwain and Joseph Pippin each threw three innings and both had what could be considered their best outings of the season. The Hustlers fell behind 1-0 in the third when Zach Rutter answered with a “bomb” to left center. The two teams traded runs in the fourth and the Hustlers seemed destined for the win in the bottom of the fifth when JT Sachar doubled in Buschman who had reached on a hit-by-pitch. Sachar stole third and that’s when the Hustlers decided to go for the win. Sachar timed the catcher’s release back to the pitcher perfectly and headed home. The pitcher’s return throw was high as Sachar slid in. When the dust settled, the umpire ruled Sachar out. Olney then scored a single run in the top of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead and the Hustlers went quietly in their half and lost 4-3. Sachar led the way offensively with three hits against very good pitching. Rutter had the only other hit – the home run to left center.

Monday, June 23
Hustlers Pull Off Ripken TRIFECTA – Win Three Age Group Tournaments in Same Week

11U RIPKEN Web Gem Champs

Three Frederick Hustler teams went to Ripken this past week in Aberdeen, MD and all three came home with Tournament Championships. The 10U team won the 2014 In The Zone Tournament and the boys in black and gold were certainly in a zone defeating the Backyard University Gamers 11-8, Oxford Outlaws 13-1, the Ambler A’s 24-2, the South Jersey Titans, 12-1 and the Backyard University Gamers 10-2 in the Championship Game. Matt Cunningham was named the MVP.

The 11U Hustlers played some of their better ball of the season in taking home the 2014 Web Gems Tournament Title. The Hustlers beat the VBC Mudcats 9-1, the New Oxford All Stars 16-6, Capital City Crushers 9-4, the Delaware Sabres 11-1 and the GoWag Rockhounds 21-2 in the Championship Game. Andrew Stroka was named the MVP.

The 12U Hustlers continue to peak at the right time and won the 2014 Web Gems 12U Tournament. They played an inspired game against a tough Blaise Alexander Ford team and came away with a 1-0 win. They then beat the Mayslanding Muckdogs 7-4 and 11-1 before eliminating the New Bern Flames 13-4. The championship game was against none other than the Blaise Alexander Ford team and the Hustlers prevailed 8-7 and took home the Championship hardware. Kameron Walters was named the MVP.

Monday, June 16
10U Hustlers Take Doubleheader from MD Warriors

Photo courtesy of J. Buschman

The 10U Hustlers continued their solid CRAB League play with a Saturday sweep over a tough MD Warrior team by the scores of 4-0 and 13-1. Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) and Andrew McElwain (St Johns) each tossed three innings in the opener and combined on a three-hitter. The defense took care of the rest as they came up with a variety of big plays including a relay from right-center to cut down a runner at third, a highlight catch by Riley Donovan (Tuscarora) in center, and an inning-ending 4-6 double-play to thwart another rally. JT Sachar (Green Valley), Mikhai Evans (North Frederick), Dustin Isanogle (Lewistown), and Brandon Buschman (Walkersville) each had a hit; Matt Cunningham (Green Valley) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

The Hustler bats came to life in game two. Sachar set the table and was on base all three plate appearances. Evans had two doubles and a walk, Cunningham had a bases-clearing double to deep left center, and Isanogle doubled in a run of his own. Ropp and Ryan Bennett (St Johns) each contributed singles. Joseph Pippin (Green Valley) and Cunningham handled the pitching duties and both were superb, once again holding a good hitting ball club to three hits and one run.

The Hustlers are back in action on Thursday and Friday in Aberdeen, MD for the Ripken “In The Zone” Tournament.

Thursday, June 5
Hustler 10Us Turn Back Olney Pirates

Photo courtesy J. Buschman

The Frederick Hustlers 10U hadn’t played a game in over a week so a trip to Olney to take on the always tough and well-coached Pirates seemed like a tall order. The young Hustlers answered with their trademark play: solid pitching, great defense and timely hitting. The result was a 3-2 signature win for the first year team. Matt Cunningham (Green Valley) got things going in the first when he doubled to the corner in right chasing home Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) who had drawn a tough two-out walk. The Pirates tied the score at one in the fourth only to see the Hustlers respond with two of their own. Mikhai Evans (North Frederick) walked and stole second before Ropp singled up the middle. Ropp moved up to third with some heady base running before Andrew McElwain (St. Johns) delivered a key sacrifice fly. Ropp, McElwain, Joseph Pippin (Oakdale), JT Sachar (Green Valley) and Brandon Buschman (Walkersville) shared the pitching duties and all were effective. Sachar got the win and Buschman picked up the save. The Pirates outhit the Hustlers 6-3. Dustin Isanogle (Lewistown) had the other Hustler hit.

The Hustlers travel to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware this weekend for Sports at the Beach’s Clash of the Titans Tournament.

Monday, May 19
10U Hustlers Dig In and Win Tournament Championship

2014 Dig In Tournament Champs

The 10U Hustlers played like champions on Sunday and came away with the 2014 Dig In Invitational Tournament Championship. The day started at 9:00am with a 7-4 win over Gambrills. The young Hustlers then put together one of their most complete games of the season and beat the #2 seed - a very good team out of Winchester, VA - 10-0. The Hustlers then waited for the winner of the other side of the bracket where the HCYP Raiders of the CRAB League nipped the tournament host Dig In team by a score of 9-7. The Hustlers refused to lose and won their first tournament crown by beating a well-coached HCYP Raider team 8-2.

The Hustler’s alarm clock sounded in the second inning of game one on Sunday. Trailing 2-0, Matt Cunningham (Green Valley) and Andrew McElwain (St Johns) got things started with back-to-back singles. Joseph Pippin (Oakdale) then created chaos by introducing the bunt game. Pippin laid down a perfectly placed bunt to load the bases. After a fielder’s choice at the plate, the Hustlers turned to the safety squeeze and Ryan Bennett (St Johns) laid down a gem. Riley Donovan (Tuscarora) moved the runners over before JT Sachar (Green Valley), Mikhai Evans (North Frederick), Cunningham and McElwain produced run-scoring singles. When the inning was over, the Hustlers had put a 7-spot on the board and turned to their pitching and defense. Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs), McElwain and Brandon Buschman (Walkersville) all pitched great in the win.

The Hustlers got an immediate scare in game two. Winchester’s leadoff hitter laced a line drive off the starting pitcher Mikhai Evans. Evans had to leave the game but returned later to take his place in CF. Meanwhile, Cunningham came on and tossed three shutout innings. The Hustler bats went to work getting one in the third when Sachar walked and stole two bases, and two more in the fourth when Ropp walked, Cunningham singled and McElwain doubled. The Hustlers scored four more in the fifth and three in the sixth to make in 10-0. Meanwhile, Ropp, McElwain and Pippin combined to slam the door on the Winchester bats. Sachar finished 1-1 with three runs scored, Ropp went 2-3 with two runs, and Cunningham and McElwain each had two hits.

The Championship game was against a familiar League foe in HCYP who the Hustlers have struggled with some in this young season. The Hustlers however responded and played like this game had a little more purpose. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Hustlers came back swinging and got even at two apiece in the second. Evans gave his team the juice it needed by bouncing one over the fence in left center for a standup double to start the third. Ropp followed with single, McElwain doubled, Pippin got hit-by-the-pitch, and Dustin Isanogle (Lewistown) singled. The Hustlers then turned to their trademark pitching and defense with Ropp, McElwain and Cunningham each pitching like they weren’t willing to settle for anything less than the championship. The Hustlers kept the momentum going when Cunningham, McElwain and Pippin led off the fifth with consecutive singles. After a walk to Isanogle, Bennett scorched one to left and Zach Rutter (Middletown) singled to left center. The Raiders went quietly in the sixth and the young 10U Hustlers, playing in their first tournament ever, collected their championship trophies.

The Hustlers split two close games on Saturday to pick up the third seed in the eight team tournament for Championship Sunday. Isanogle caught all five of the Hustler games over the weekend and was so incredibly good. Sachar pitched an awesome complete game two on Saturday which allowed the Hustlers to have their full arsenal of starters available on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 13
12U Hustlers Win Ocean City Boardwalk Brawl

Photo courtesy of D. Norris
The 12U Hustlers went 4-0 in their first tournament of the year.  The team did a great job in all facets of the game. Strong pitching performances! Great weekend with the bats! Great overall defense!

Monday, May 12
10U Hustlers Bounce Back with Doubleheader Win Over Ruffnecks

Photo courtesy of S. Buschman

The Frederick Hustlers completed a doubleheader sweep of a tough Mason Dixon RuffNeck squad from York, PA with a clutch 5-4 win in game two on Saturday. The Hustlers were late to wake up in the opener trailing 2-0 early but a six run third inning proved the difference as they came away with a 10-4 victory. Matt Cunningham (Green Valley), Joseph Pippin (Oakdale) and Mikhai Evans (North Frederick) handled the pitching duties while the offense went to work. Leadoff man JT Sachar (Green Valley) started the 3rd inning with a line drive to left and the Hustlers were off and running. Evans followed with a walk and Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) singled. Another clutch hit by Dustin Isanogle (Lewiston) sandwiched around two Mason Dixon errors where Andrew McElwain (St Johns) and Ryan Bennett (St Johns) squared up balls and the Hustlers found themselves with a workable cushion. Sachar and Ropp each had two hits and scored two runs while Evans was on base all three times (error, walk and single) and scored two runs. Cunningham, McElwain and Isanogle each recorded a hit.

Game two turned out to be quite a pitcher’s duel. Justin Ropp tossed the first three innings and was sharp as always. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out five Ruffnecks. The game stayed at 1-0 Mason Dixon until the 4th inning when the Hustlers plated two runs. Hayden Bailey (Walkersville) got things going with a single. With two outs, JT Sachar and Mikhai Evans ripped back to back hits and the Hustlers took a 2-1 lead. The Hustlers than got a leadoff double from cleanup hitter Matt Cunningham to open up the fifth inning. Not to be outdone, Dustin Isanogle smoked one to left center for a triple and Ryan Bennett drew a critical 2-out walk. Brandon Buschman then stepped to the plate and delivered the key hit of the day - a line drive 2-run single to center to plate Isanogle and Bennett and give the Hustlers a 5-1. The Ruffnecks were not impressed and responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to make it a 5-4 game. The Hustlers tried to add one in the sixth but the Ruffnecks turned a nifty double play on a smoked liner by Sachar after a key SAC bunt by Riley Donovan (Tuscarora). The Hustlers then went to work on the defense side. Brandon Buschman struck out the cleanup hitter and then Andrew McElwain and Joseph Pippin turned in plays for ESPN Sportscenter. McElwain made a game saving diving catch on a ball hit to the fence in right field and Pippen jumped and snagged a liner header to the right field corner to end the game. Donovan also made a nice running catch earlier in the game in centerfield to thwart a Mason Dixon rally. Ropp, McElwain and Buschman all pitched well and Bennett was his superb self behind the plate.

The Hustlers are back in action Wednesday evening against the HCYP Raiders at the Yellow Springs Baseball Complex.

Friday, May 9
Olney Pirates Too Much for 10U Hustlers

Photo courtesy of S. Buschman
The Frederick Hustlers found themselves in a good ballgame trailing 5-3 going into the bottom of the 5th inning last evening at Olney Park. Unfortunately for the Hustlers, the Pirates found another gear and scored six runs on three uncharacteristic walks and five hits and sent the Hustlers up Interstate 70 with an 11-3 loss. The Hustlers got a gutsy three innings of pitching from Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) who limited the Pirates to just three runs (only one earned). Ropp picked off two base runners but the Hustlers failed to complete the run downs. Dustin Isanogle (Lewistown) had another strong game behind the plate and has proven to be one of the best catchers in the Crab League. The Hustlers struggled to get much going offensively. JT Sachar (Green Valley) led off the 4th by getting hit-by-the-pitch. He stole second and third and scored on Mikhai Evan’s (North Frederick) RBI single. Evans then stole second before scoring on a nice line drive by Matt Cunningham (Green Valley). Cunningham finished with a 2-2 day (double, single) while Evans and Andrew McElwain (St. Johns) recorded the only other Hustler hits. Isanogle drove in the 3rd Hustler run with a nice SAC fly to left.

Monday, May 5
Sunday Fun-Day for 10U Hustlers

Photo Courtesy of S. Buschman

The Frederick Hustlers 10Us came away with a round-robin sweep on a beautiful afternoon for baseball at the Yellow Springs Baseball Complex. The Hustlers beat a scrappy Catoctin Baseball squad 13-5 in game one and held a very solid Hickory Hornets team in check in game two and won 11-4. Pitching and defense was the story of the day as the first-year Hustler team continues to put together an impressive spring. Catoctin’s starting pitching had trouble finding the plate in the opener when the Huslters scored five in the first and three in the second. The big blows in those rallies were a triple from leadoff man JT Sachar (Green Valley) and a double from three-hitter Justin Ropp (Walkersville). Sachar ended up going 2-2 with a walk and three runs scored and Ropp was 2-2 with a walk and two RBIs. Dustin Isanogle (Lewistown) caught a stellar game and added a single, and Joseph Pippin (Oakdale) reached twice and scored two runs. Matt Cunningham (Green Valley), Pippin and Brandon Buschman shared the pitching duties. Cunningham had three strikeouts.

The Hustlers put it all together in game two against Hickory. The black and gold got great outings from Ropp and Andrew McElwain (St Johns), played superb defense and brought the lumber to the plate. Sachar was at it again leading the Hustlers off in the first with a single followed by a missle to right center by Mikhai Evans (North Frederick). Ropp got hit-by-the-pitch and Cunningham followed with a one-hop bomb to the fence in left for a standup double. After a fielder’s choice by McElwain, Pippin laced a single and it was game on. The Hustlers kept their foot on the pedal in inning two and scored four more. Zach Rutter (Middletown) and Riley Donovan (Tuscarora) drew walks before Sachar singled and Ropp ripped a shot to right center. Meanwhile the Hustlers defense made believers out of many as they turned two more double plays – literally killing Hickory rallies in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Ropp and McElwain turned in phenomenal performances on the mound, and Ryan Bennett (St Johns) and Isanogle continued to provide leadership and solid play behind the plate. Sachar, Cunningham and Pippin each had two hits; Sachar and Cunningham scored two runs. Ropp also had a hit and scored two runs and Evans finished with one hit and a run scored.

The Hustlers are back in action Thursday evening against the Olney Pirates at Olney Manor Park.

Friday, April 25
Ropp and Big Five Run Fifth Leads Hustlers Over Bears

Photo Courtesy of S. Buschman

The 10U Hustlers broke open a close ball game with five runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a 13-4 win against the LOUYAA Bears.  The Hustlers finished with 13 hits but the key to the game was pitching and defense.  Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) pitched three strong innings allowing only one run and the young Hustlers turned three double plays -- the final one a game-ender.  Dustin "Ice" Isanogle (Lewistown) was red hot at the plate going 3-3 with a double and two runs scored, JT Sachar (Green Valley) went 2-3 with a double, and Brandon Buschman went 2-3 with a run scored.  Riley Donovan (Tuscarora) and Zach Rutter (Middletown) had two of the bigger hits driving in runs in key situations; Donovan's was a triple.  Mikhai Evans (North Frederick), Ropp, Matt Cunningham (Green Valley) and Andrew McElwain (St. Johns) also contributed a hit.  Isanogle was once again a force behind the plate.

The Hustlers are back in action Saturday, April 26, for a DH against the same Bears at Utica Park.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00pm.

Monday, April 14
10U Hustlers Sweep Sunday Games with Catoctin and Hickory

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The 10U Frederick Hustlers took their “A game” for a long ride to Bel Air, MD for a Sunday twinbill against Catoctin Baseball and the Hickory Hornets. The boys from Frederick got an excellent three innings from Matt Cunningham (Green Valley) to start game one and came away with a 17-3 win. Mikhai Evans (North Frederick), Joseph Pippin (Oakdale) and Brandon Buschman (Walkersville) worked the final two frames and provided sound relief in a game shortened by the 12-run rule. JT Sachar (Green Valley) continued his hot summer going 2-2 with a double, single and a walk. The big bats came alive in the 4th with the Hustlers clinging to a 4-1 lead. Cunningham hit a triple over the centerfielder’s head and Andrew McElwain (St. Johns) followed with a deep blast to center for a 2-run home run. Pippin, Dustin Isangole (Lewistown) and Ryan Bennett (St. Johns) followed with base knocks while Buschman and Zach Rutter (Middletown) walked before Sachar singled and the Hustlers were off and running. Sachar, Cunningham, Isanogle and Hayden Bailey (Walkersville) each had two hits. Isanogle was outstanding behind the plate.

Game two could perhaps go down as a defining moment for the young Hustlers season. The Hickory Hornets decided to give their new friends from Frederick a lesson in baseball. The Hornets rapped out six hits in the first inning and coupled with two outfield miscues, took what seemed like a commanding 6-0 lead. The Hustlers would have none of that. JT Sachar led off the bottom of the inning with a sharp single to right and then stole 2nd and 3rd. Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) followed with a single and the Hustlers were on the board with seemingly new life. Ropp went out and slammed the door on the Hornets the next two innings while the Hustlers bats came alive. Pippin, Isanogle, Buschman and Rutter all had base hits in the 2nd as the Hustlers scored three times. The big noise was made in the 4th when Sachar led off with a single, followed by a two-base missile from Evans, and sharp singles from Cunningham, McElwain, Pippin and Isanogle. When the inning was over, the Hustlers had scored five runs for a 9-6 lead. Credit goes out to Hickory because instead of rolling over, they answered with fours runs of their own in the 4th to take a 10-9 lead. The Hustlers went quietly in the fourth but came up big in the fifth as Sachar once again got things going, this time getting hit by the pitch. Evans and Ropp followed with singles and Cunningham doubled and Pippin singled. The Hustlers put four big runs up to take a 13-10 lead. McElwain then went out and slammed the door holding a great hitting team scoreless over the final two innings. Pippin led the way with three hits and two runs. Sachar was again 2-2 with an HBP and scored three runs. Evans, Ropp, and Isanogle each had two hits while McElwain, Buschman, Rutter and Riley Donvan (Tuscarora) each chipped in with one. Ryan Bennett gave the Hustlers a gritty and outstanding effort behind the plate.

Sunday, April 6
10U Hustlers Take Both Ends of Doubleheader Against Backyard University

The newest addition to Frederick Hustler baseball got its first taste of victory on Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of a very good Backyard University squad from York, PA. The Hustlers answered Backyard's 2-run first with two runs of their own and then seemingly took charge of the game with a 5-run third inning. Backyard University didn't seem fazed as they continued to battle and tack on runs - two in the 3rd, 5th and 6th innings to tie the game going into the bottom of the sixth. The Hustlers answered the bell as Matt Cunningham (Green Valley) drew a one-out walk and stole second and third before being driven in by Andrew McElwain (St. Johns). Leadoff man JT Sachar (Green Valley) was on base all three ABs and scored two runs, Mikhai Evans (Eastern) singled, walked and scored two runs and Joseph Pippin (Oakdale) drove in two runs with a timely single. Cunningham, Pippin and Justin Ropp (Yellow Springs) shared the pitching duties and all three were effective; Dustin Isanogle (Lewistown) was great behind the plate.

Game two featured stellar pitching by McElwain and Ropp as they limited a good hitting Backyard ballclub to six hits. The Hustlers also got their bats going as they picked up doubles from Evans, Ropp and McElwain. Leadoff man Sachar was his feisty self as he reached base all three times again and scored two runs. Cunningham and Pippin led the way with two hits a piece. Ryan Bennett (St. Johns) was strong behind the plate. Game two ended with the Hustlers turning a spectacular 6-4-3 (Sachar-Cunningham-Rutter (Middletown)) double play.

The Hustlers are back in action on Tuesday against LOUYAA at Kemptown Elementary School. Game time is 5:30pm - come support your Hustlers!!!!

Friday, June 28
Hustlers Go 2-4 at Perfect Game WWBA 15U National Championships

The Frederick Hustlers got two great pitching performances from Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) and one from Spencer Griffin (St Johns Catholic Prep) in the weeklong tournament in Marietta, Georgia.  Unfortunately, both of Parker's gems resulted in losses, a 1-0 (unearned run) heartbreaker to Team Georgia and a 2-0 loss to the SBA Canes (where Parker left after 5 innings with a scoreless game).  Griffin's masterpiece resulted in a 6-3 win over the South Carolina Diamond Devils.  The following game summaries appeared in the Scout Notes on Perfect Game's website.  Additional comments have been added by the Hustler coaching staff.

Late Double Saves Game From 0-0 Tie

6/25/2013 2:45:21 PM

After five scoreless innings, SBA Canes put two on the board in the bottom of the sixth and defeat Frederick Hustlers 2-0. Bishop Jones (2016, Charlotte Christian, NC) and Clay Hunt (2015, Ft. Mill, NC) pitched for SBA Canes. Jones struck out six with two balls and one hit in six innings. Hunt struck out three in the final inning and allowed no hits or walks. Jones touched 81 mph, Hunt touched 85 mph. Hunt went 1-for-2 with a double. John Turley (2016, Charlotte Christian, NC) also went 1-for-2 and doubled but had one RBI. Vaughn Parker (2015, Gov. Thomas Johnson, MD) opened the first five for Frederick with five Ks, zero walks, and five hits. Noah Tucker (2015, Tuscarora, MD) closed with one, one, and three. Evan Pettyjohn (2015, Boonsboro, MD) and Tom McCarthy (2015, Brunswick, MD) each had one stolen base. Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) had the lone Hustler hit.  Noah Tucker (Tuscarora) pitched the bottom of the sixth and took the loss, surrendering 2 runs on three hits and a walk.

Hustlers fight to get the W

6/24/2013 10:53:07 AM

Frederick Hustlers just barely pushed passed Georgia Select Navy in their 8-7 win. Evan Pettyjohn (2015, Boonsboro, MD) was 2-2 at bat with a triple and scored two runs. John Harding (2016, Saint Johns Catholic Prep, MD) was 2-2 at bat with two doubles and three RBI's. Tom McCarthy (2015, Brunswick, MD) had two hits and scored one run. Akil Baddoo (2016, Salem, GA) had two hits with a home run and three RBI's. He also scored two runs.  Jimmy Cain (Elkridge) pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Steelheads Win Offensive Shootout

6/23/2013 2:38:30 PM

In a game shortened to 5 innings, the NY Steelheads defeated the Frederick Husters, 11-7. The 2 teams did most of their damage in different ways: the Steelheads had 10 BB and 5 timely hits, while the Hustlers had 9 hits to only 5 BB. Jake Zarrello (2016; Farmingdale, NY) had the Steelheads' only extra base hit, going 1-2 with a double, a BB, 2 runs and a RBI. Additionally, Mike Iacobellis (2016; Farmingdale, NY) went 1-3 with a run and 2 RBI. Dylan Rooney (2016; Farmingdale, NY) had 2 BB, 2 SB and 2 runs. Leadoff hitter Taylor Itnyre (2015; Jefferson, MD) led the way for the Hustlers, going 4-4 with a double, a run and 4 RBI. Elsewhere, Joey Schwartz (2016; Hagerstown, MD) went 1-3 with a double and a RBI and Alex Cartner (2015; Middletown, MD) went 1-3 with a double and a run. Noah Tucker (2015; Frederick, MD) had 2 BB and 2 runs. Steelheads starter Anthony Greco (2016; Lloyd Harbor, NY) was arguably the most effective pitcher of the game, giving up just 1 earned run while striking out 5 in 3.2 innings. In addition to his fastball, Greco threw a number of curveballs and sliders.

Hustlers withstand Devils comeback

6/22/2013 7:02:39 PM

The Frederick Hustlers scored one in the 5th and two in the 6th to win 6-3 over Diamond Devils 15U White. The Diamond Devils had come back to tie the game at three in the 3rd, before the Hustlers pulled away in the latter innings. Frederick was led offensively by the trio of Joey Schwartz, Vaughn Parker, and Matt Orr. Schwartz (2016, Smithsburg Senior HS, MD) homered, knocking in two, Parker (2015, Gov. Thomas Johnson HS, MD) went 2-3 with a double, two runs scored, and a SB, and Orr (2015, Gov. Thomas Johnson HS, MD) drove in two on two singles and also stole a base. Parker also provided a scoreless inning of relief, striking out two and earning the save. Starter Spencer Griffin (2016, Saint Johns Catholic Prep, MD) was solid, allowing three runs in five innings, striking out six. Diamond Devil Chris Thompson (2016, J.L. Mann HS, SC) homered out of the leadoff spot. Austin Wrape (2015, Andrew Jackson HS, SC) was 3-3 with a double and Thomas DesChamps (2015, Low Country Day HS, SC) was 2-3, both hits being singles. Each had a RBI.

TGBA 15U Blue pitching holds for the win

6/21/2013 12:30:18 PM

TGBA 15U Blue just barely beat Frederick Hustlers in their 1-0 win. Alex Sutton (2015, Alpharetta, GA) hit a home run in the first inning with one RBI. Hayden Magill (2015, Alpharetta, GA) pitched all seven innings allowing only two hits and one walk, striking out four. His fastball averaged between 75-76 mph and topped at 78 mph.  Vaughn Parker (2015, Thomas Johnson, MD) pitched a complete game two-hitter for the Hustlers.  **The lone run allowed was actually a base-hit and a three-base error.**

5th inning rally gives team the win

6/21/2013 11:03:31 AM

Atlanta Blue Jays 15U used their 5th inning rally for their 8-2 win over Frederick Hustlers. Armani Mejis (2016, George Washington, GA) had one hit with two RBI's and scored one run. Josh Johnston (2016, North Atlanta, GA) had two hits with one RBI and scored one run. Frank Jones (2016, Fork Union Military Academy, GA) had one hit with one RBI and scored one run.  The score was tied at 1-1 before the Blue Jays seven runs in the 5th on five hits, three walks, a HBP and two errors.

Wednesday, June 19
Hustlers Escape with Win in 9-Inning Game

The Hustlers overcame a strong pitching effort from South River Seahawk lefty Sean Healy and beat the Seahawks 3-1 in 9 innings. Healy struck out 12 in 6 innings of work and only allowed one run on an RBI single from Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson HS). Healy left the game with the score knotted at 1-1 but the Hustlers strung together a couple of hits in the top of the 9th to plate 2 runs. Noah Tucker (Tuscarora), Braden Thomson (Catoctin) and Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) each had hits in that inning. Tucker and Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) each finished with two hits.

Saturday, June 15
15U Hustlers Sweep Putty Hill 16s

The Hustlers played solid baseball on both ends of the doubleheader, beating Putty Hill 5-3 and 7-1.  Alex Cartner (Middletown) got his first start on the mound and took advantage.  Cartner tossed 6 1/3 innings of four-hit baseball, striking out four and giving up two earned runs.  Cartner helped his own cause with two hits.  Evan Pettyjohn (Smithsburg) also had two hits and continued to swing a hot bat.  Matt Orr (Thomas Johnson) contributed two RBIs with a base knock and a bases-loaded walk.  Noah Tucker (Tuscarora) came on to record the final two outs and picked up the save.

Tucker got the nod in game two and pitched a gem.  He held Putty Hill to one run on five hits and struck out six Panthers.  Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) and Cartner (Middletown) each had two doubles.  Jack Duffy contributed an RBI double, and Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) and Braden Thomson each had a single.  Parker was on base three out of four plate appearances.  The Hustlers run their record to 14-1.

Friday, June 14
Pettyjohn Rescues 15U Hustlers

The Hustlers took a 6-1 lead into the top of the 7th only to find themselves tied 6-6 going into the bottom of the inning.  Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) led off with a bloop single to right center, Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) moved Schwartz over, and after a strikeout, Evan Pettyjohn (Boonsboro) delivered the game winner – a two out, line drive, walk-off single to left.  Pettyjohn, Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) and Jack Duffy (Urbana) each had two hits; one of Duffy's was a double.  Matt Orr contributed a huge 2-RBI triple in the 4th.  Spencer Griffin (St John's Catholic Prep) pitched 4 2/3 innings and only allowed one run on four hits before running out of gas.  Taylor Itnyre worked the final two outs of the 7th and picked up the win.

Wednesday, June 12
15U Hustlers Suffer First Loss

Elkridge’s Jordan Carr and Jimmy Cain made big pitches when it counted and the Hurricanes defeated the Hustlers 8-2 at Howard High School. The Hustlers scratched out nine hits but were only successful two out of eight times with runners in scoring position and left nine runners stranded. Noah Tucker (Tuscarora) suffered the loss, working 2 2/3 innings and giving up eight hits and five earned runs. Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) worked the final 3 1/3 surrendering four hits and three runs (two earned). Alex Cartner (Middletown) had two doubles, two walks and an RBI and Parker had two hits (one double) and an RBI. Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) was on base all four of his at bats and Braden Thomson had a double. Andy Weaver had four hits for the winners.  Interestingly enough, Elkridge’s Carr was a tournament addition for the Hustlers 2011 14U team that won the NABF World Series in Lynchburg, VA; Carr pitched the Championship game that year.

Monday, June 10
10U Hustlers Capture Championship in Battle at Gettysburg

The 10U Hustlers ran the table at this past weekend's 15-team Battle at Gettysburg tournament.  They defeated the GoWags Thunder 12-5, the Aberdeen Arsenal 13-4, GoWags Thunder again in the semifinal winning 8-7, and the GoWags Rockhounds 12-5 in the championship game.  More details will follow later in the week. Congratulations boys and coaches!!!

Wednesday, May 22
Hustlers Compete on A National Stage - Is This Where You Belong?

Besides playing regular season games in the Baltimore Metro League, the Chesapeake Regional Amateur Baseball League (CRAB) and the Montgomery County Baseball Association (MCBA), Hustler players are given an opportunity to compete against the best teams regionally and nationally.  The tournaments below are just a few of the events that our boys get to attend to assess how they measure up as a team and as individuals.  If you are serious about the game of baseball, want to improve as a player, get quality coaching and make friendships for life, perhaps this is the place for you.  Call us today at 301-905-7205.


Thursday, June 6
Hustlers (15U) Run Record to 11-0

Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) smashed three doubles and five pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the Hustlers beat HCYP White 8-0. Noah Tucker (Tuscarora), Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick), Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson), and Schwartz formed the bullpen by committee and all were effective. Parker had a huge 2-RBI single in the third to get the Hustlers going, and Mason Machak (Middletown) delivered a 2-RBI line drive single to left in the fifth.

Thursday, June 6
Hustlers (15U) Sneak Past HCYP Blue 5-4

Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) went 2-2 with two doubles and three RBIs and Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) had three hits and scored twice as the Hustlers hung on to beat the HCYP Raiders Blue 5-4. Spencer Griffin (St John’s Catholic Prep) picked up the win working the first four innings, surrendering four earned runs on five hits and four walks. Jordan Tapley (Smithsburg) worked the final three innings and had three strikeouts to get the save.

Saturday, June 1
Tucker, Parker Dominate Harford Land Sharks 16U in Sweep

Noah Tucker (Tuscarora) pitched his best game of the young season, a complete game four-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks as the 15U Hustler edged the Harford Land Sharks in game one by a score of 2-1.  The effort offset a great performance by the Land Sharks right-hander Scott Bradley who held the Hustlers to four hits as well.  Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) had two of the hits and an RBI and Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) doubled.

Parker pitched an abbreviated five inning complete game in the back end of the doubleheader, also holding the Land Sharks to four hits in a 12-2 romp.  The Hustlers found themselves down 2-1 in the fourth when they exploded for six runs on five hits and three walks and followed that with a five run fifth.  John Harding (St Johns Catholic Prep) started things with a line drive to left, Mason Machak (Middletown) doubled down the left field line and Jack Duffy (Urbana) ripped an two-run double to the left center gap.  Schwartz, Parker, Harding and Duffy each had two hits.

With the two wins, the Hustlers run their record to 9-0.  They are back in action Tuesday evening, June 4th at Governor Thomas Johnson High School against the HCYP Raiders Blue.  First pitch is set for 6:00pm.

Thursday, May 30
Smithsburg Duo Slams the Door on South River

Jordan Tapley (Smithsburg) and Joey Schwartz (Smithsburg) combined on a one-hitter as the 15U Hustlers (7-0) beat the South River Seahawks (16U) 11-1.

Noah Tucker (Tuscarora) led the Hustlers with three hits including a double and a triple, and Alex Cartner (Middletown) had two hits and two RBIs.  Schwartz, Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson), Braden Thomson (Catoctin) and Jack Duffy (Urbana) each doubled for the Hustlers.  Mason Machak (Middletown) was on base all four of his ABs. 

The Hustlers are back in action on Saturday at Thomas Johnson High School with a DH against the Harford Land Sharks 16U.  First pitch is set for 11:00am.



Tuesday, May 28
15U Hustlers Beat WHC Renegades 10-0

The Hustlers broke a scoreless tie in the 3rd inning with two unearned runs and then put a seven spot on the board in the 4th to take control.  Mason Machak (Middletown) led off the 4th with an 11-pitch walk, Tommy McCarthy (Brunswick) played team baseball and laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt and the Hustlers were off and running.  Jack Duffy (Urbana) blasted a triple over the centerfielder’s head, Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) launched a one-hop triple off the right field fence, Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) and Alex Cartner (Middletown) followed with singles before Evan Pettyjohn (Boonsboro) unleashed his own triple to dead center.  Itnyre finished with two hits.

The other huge story of the game was the crafty lefty for the Hustlers, Spencer Griffin (St. Johns Catholic Prep).  Griffin got on top of hitters all night throwing a four-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks in the abbreviated five-inning game.

The Hustlers are back in action Thursday evening against the South River Seahawks 16U at Governor Thomas Johnson High School.  First pitch is scheduled for 6pm.

Saturday, May 25
15U Hustlers Take Two from GGB Patriots

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.

Wednesday, May 22
Hustlers Win Ugly, Stay Perfect!

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.

Saturday, May 18
15U Hustlers Open 2013 Campaign in Impressive Fashion

The Frederick Hustlers took both ends of the doubleheader against the Gambrills 16U squad by scores of 4-3 and 4-2.  Solid pitching, great defense and timely hitting allowed the Hustlers to start 2-0. 

The Hustlers grabbed a 4-3 win in the season opener behind the strong pitching of Noah Tucker (Tuscarora – 4IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 Ks) and Jordan Tapley (Smithsburg – 3IP, 0 H, 1 R, 3 Ks).  Gambrills 16U struck first with two runs in the third on a 2 RBI single from Jackson Kerchner.  The Hustlers answered big in the 4th win four runs of their own.  Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) opened the inning with a double, Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson) was hit by the pitch and Alex Cartner (Middletown) lined a single to center plating Itnyre.  With runners on first and second, Braden Thomson (Catoctin) laid down a perfect bunt single.  The ball was thrown into right field, scoring two runs and Thomson ended up at third.  Tommy McCarthy (Brunswick) drove in Thomson with a line drive single to right to conclude the scoring.  The Hustlers finished with seven hits; Cartner and McCarthy had two each.  Daniel Morrison pitched well for Gambrills.

Solid pitching continued in the second game of the doubleheader as the Hustlers scored late to take a 4-2 win.  Vaughn Parker (Thomas Johnson – 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 5 Ks) pitched a masterpiece holding a very good Gambrills team to 2 hits.  Parker walked the first hitter of the game only to see him score on a triple by Ben Moore.  Gambrills tacked on one more run in the 6th to take a 2-0 lead.  That’s when the Hustlers bats woke up.  Jack Duffy (Urbana) beat out an infield single, Taylor Itnyre (Brunswick) lined a sharp single to left before Parker got the Hustlers on the board with a line drive single to left.  Alex Cartner (Middletown) continued to swing a hot bat lining a single to right to tie things at 2-2 before Tommy McCarthy (Brunswick) delivered the big blow – a 2-run double to right center.  Matt Binder took a no-hitter into the 6th for Gambrills.

The Hustlers play host to Elkridge Hurricanes Orange 15U  on Tuesday evening, May 21st at Governor Thomas Johnson High School.  Game time is 6:00pm.


The 16U Frederick Hustlers made the 14-hour trek down Interstate-81 to South Haven, Mississippi a memorable one, beating Lufkin, Texas 9-5 and capturing the 2004 Junior Division World Series Championship. Along the way, the "boys from Frederick" beat the State Champions from LA, TX, FL, AL, and TN. Billy Gross and Aaron Main got the Hustlers off to a good start in game one scattering five hits and striking out eight in a 3-1 win over Vinemont, Alabama. Gross had the big hit in the third inning driving in two runs. Andrew Derr also had an RBI-single and Wes Gross had a double. Kyle Myers kept a very good N. Georgia Bandits squad off balance for four innings in game two - surrendering only a first inning RBI double as the Hustlers won 5-1. Billy Gross came in and slammed the door over the final three innings, striking out eight Georgia hitters. Gross had three hits and Philip Jordan doubled. Austin Vesper brought his "A" game to the mound in game three and dominated Terrabonne, Louisiana. Vesper recorded eight strikeouts in six innings as the Hustlers cruised to a 13-1 win. The Hustlers struck quickly; first inning highlights included doubles by Gross and Vesper, a "2-run bomb" from Philip Jordan, and an RBI-single from Wes Gross. Billy Gross and Jordan each finished with three hits. The win advanced the Hustlers to the winner's bracket championship where they would face last year's World Series champion - a very talented team from Bonifay, Florida. Ty Main's RBI double in the 2nd got the Hustlers going as Aaron Main and Billy Gross combined on another pitching gem. The Hustlers won a 5-2 nail-biter as Philip Jordan and Ty Main each had two hits. Mark Hammond and Billy Gross added doubles. Lufkin, Texas then beat Bonifay, Florida 7-5 in a thrilling loser's bracket championship game and earned the right to face the Hustlers. Lufkin, TX won game one 9-5 giving the Hustlers their first and only loss in the tournament, and forcing a final and deciding championship game. Kyle Myers and Austin Vesper split the first game pitching duties against Lufkin. The Hustler's only trailed 4-3 after five innings but three late fielding miscues turned the close game into a 9-3 Texas rout. Zach Converse had three hits, Billy Gross and Jordan had two hits and Ty Main had a double in the loss. Rather than panic, the Hustlers regrouped for the championship game and quietly demonstrated the qualities that define a champion. The Hustlers struck for six first innings runs with the big blows coming from Austin Vesper and Jesse Tome. The big story though was Aaron Main tossing a masterpiece and striking out nine for the 9-5 win and the series title. Billy Gross won tournament MVP honors - hitting an "unreal" .542 (13-24) and recording 14 strikeouts in 10-innings of mound work. Philip Jordan was equally hot hitting a torrid .524 (11-21). Zach Converse (7-17, .412), Ty Main (5-17, .294) and Austin Vesper (5-21, .238) rounded out the "Top Five" Hustler batting averages for the tournament. The storyline though was once again pitching and defense as Billy Gross, Aaron Main, Kyle Myers, and Austin Vesper pitched their hearts out.

2004 Dizzy Dean World Series Champs

Hustlers Second at 2005 Dizzy Dean World Series

The 16U Frederick Hustlers added new piece of hardware to their trophy case as they finished second at the 2005 Junior Division Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Mississippi, held July 22-28. The Hustlers battled back from an opening game loss and knocked off the state champs from Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama before falling in the championship game to Bonifay, Florida.

The Hustlers Ty Main was named co-MVP of the tournament and Aaron Main, Mark Darlington, Wes Gross and Brad Thompson were also named to the 2005 Dizzy Dean All World Series Team.

The Gazette's Marc Ethier covered the tournament. For his article, read

Tuesday, August 15
Hustlers Land in Second at 2006 NABF HS World Series

2006 NABF HS Division (17U) World Series Runnerup
Thursday, July 27, 2006
From staff reports

Brett Harman and Ty Main Named to NABF World Series All Tournament Team <-- [clickable link]

For the second straight year it was second place for the Frederick Hustlers on a World stage.

The 17-and-under baseball team went 5-2 recently at the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Greensboro, N.C., losing 15-6 to Queens, N.Y. in the championship game.

Last season, the Hustlers took second in the Dizzy Dean World Series as a 16-and-under club.

Frederick opened this year’s tournament with a 2-1 run through pool play. The Hustlers won their first game 6-1 over Cincinnati, with Brett Harman getting 11 strikeouts. Kevin Murphy added an RBI single and Ty Main drove in two runs with another single.

Against Lenoir City, Tenn., the Hustlers got a 9-3 win from Ty Main to advance to single-elimination. Main hit two home runs, and Harman also had a solo shot. Frederick lost to Ontario, Canada, 6-3 to close out pool play.

Aaron Main started pitching in the championship round, earning a 9-5 win over North Columbus, Ohio. Harman and Brad Thompson each had three hits, while Ty Main hit his third homer of the tournament.

Using a team effort of three pitchers, Frederick next beat the Indiana Bulls. But there was a bigger loss in the game: After racking up two hits, including a double, in his first two at bats, Ty Main was hit by a pitch and suffered a fractured wrist. His batting average for the tournament was .450.

Thompson got Frederick into the championship game by allowing only six hits against Seneca Valley, Penn.—a team coached by former Pittsburgh Pirate and Atlanta Brave Sid Bream.

But with the pitching worn out and Ty Main missing from the lineup, Frederick was out-matched by Queens. Thompson, Kyle Kane and Harman each chipped in two hits, and Harman was good for two RBI. Harman finished the tournament with a .500 batting average with two homers, 10 RBI and eight runs.

Even after only playing in five of seven games, Ty Main was good for 10 RBI and seven runs, while Thompson (.407), Kane (.318) and Murphy (.313) each racked up a decent amount of hits, according to Manager Wayne Main.

Frederick finished the year at 28-9 and 23-7 in the Baltimore-Metro Baseball League. The Hustlers were tied for second place in the league despite being only one of four 17-and-under teams in the 17-team league, most of which moved up to 19-and-under programs for the senior division.

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Monday, August 15
14U Hustlers Complete Magical Season

The 2011 Frederick Hustlers ended their season by capturing the NABF Sophomore National Championship in Lynchburg, VA.  The Hustlers defeated the Long Island Storm 8-2 in the championship game to finish the season with a 51-3 record.  Along the way, the Hustlers won the 14U Division of the Baltimore Metro League going 23-1.  This successful group also won the Maryland State Championship, the Beast of the East tournament in Wheeling, WV, and the USA Baseball 14U Federation Cup in Cary, NC.

Wednesday, April 25
Video of Frederick Hustler's Maciah Thomas Goes Viral

If you're a sports fan, you need to check out this video!

Last summer, Maciah was the top hitter at the NABF World Series in Lynchburg, VA.  Now this...................check out his video - #1 on ESPN's Top Ten Plays of the Day.  This afternoon, he makes an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Monday, September 10
Great Turnout for Hustler Tryouts


Tryouts for the 2013 Spring/Summer teams were held over the past two weekends at Governor Thomas Johnson High School baseball field and the response from players was incredible.  The organization just completed its 11th season competing in the Baltimore Metro League and the future looks as bright as ever with players coming from Frederick County, Washington County, Howard County, Carroll County, the Eastern Panhandle of WV and as far north as Chambersburg, PA. 

If for some reason, you were unable to attend one of the four sessions and would like a personal tryout, please email or call 301-905-7205.

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