From Ripken Baseball:
In a Group A matchup, Team Pacific Southwest (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Team Maryland (Bel Air, Maryland) met at Cal Sr.’s Yard – both teams looking to capture its second win of the tournament.
After three scoreless innings, Pacific Southwest struck first off a two-run home run from Jameson Hussey, which brought home Kaden Stremick in the process. Maryland’s Jack Snyder immediately answered, leading off with a solo shot to cut the deficit in half. Defensive stands from both teams stifled any momentum either team could muster throughout the fifth.
With a runner on second, Hussey would again rip a two-run home run to give Pacific Southwest a 4-1 lead at the top of the sixth. Facing its second tournament loss, Maryland’s offense was unable to mount a comeback, placing Pacific Southwest atop Group A.
In addition to his two home runs and four RBIs, Pacific Southwest Player of the Game Jameson Hussey also recorded four strikeouts on the night.
Pacific Southwest Manager Al Carganilla on tonight’s win:
“That was a great Maryland team so hats off to them, that pitcher pitched a hell of a game. [Jameson] Hussey started it off, he threw well and struggled just toward the middle of the game in the third inning. I told Kamaehu [Sanchez] to be ready because we were only going to go three innings with Hussey. First and third we brought in Kamaehu and he came up with a line drive right back to him and I think that was their third batter, the guy who put a double off the wall in the first inning so that was a big out. But I was going to bring [Kennedy] Hara in in the last inning and Kamaehu told me one more inning coach. Whenever our players tell me they want to go, I feel confident that they know that they can do it. We rode his arm and luckily for us we came up with a big win.”
Pacific Southwest’s Jameson Hussey on tonight’s outcome:
“I felt good for the first two good innings but toward the end I started getting a little rattled. I trusted Kamaehu that he could throw strikes and we have faith in him. It brings a lot of weight off my shoulders. He came in, pitched a hell of a game and threw the rest of the game. They were trying to throw me a high fastball and the second one, he missed that spot so I took advantage of that and the same thing as last time, I just tried to drive in runners.”
Maryland Manager Darrell Barrett on tonight’s loss:
“We just didn’t put up enough runs. We put the ball in play, but they had some really nice catches and good pitching.”
Pacific Southwest (2-0) will look to build upon its momentum against Pacific Northwest on Cal Sr.’s Yard at 8:00 p.m. EST, as Maryland (1-2) has a bye.
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