Boys Major Americans blast way to 2-0 start
EMPORIUM – Home or road, the Warren Americans are hitting.
All 12 Americans scored at least one run in Warren’s 23-2 second-round Boys Majors win over Cameron County on Thursday at Emporium.
Nick Hussey had two doubles and a home run for Warren – with his two-run homer starting the scoring in the top of the first after a Ryan Rafalski single.
Warren had five hits in a seven-run second inning, including singles by Tyler Gustafson, Hunter Loomis, Mitch Grosch, a double by Hussey, and a three-run home run by Jacob DeSimone.
Rafalski, Hussey and DeSimone had hits in a five-run third, and Warren piled on in the fourth of the mercy-rule win.
Jamo Douvlos was 2-for-2 in the fourth inning alone, with Ben Salapek, Gustafson, Drew Williams, Rafalski and DeSimone getting singles. The big hit of the nine-run inning was a three-run homer by Andrew Beyer.
Everyone contributed. Without base hits, Micah Passmore and Ryan Arnold reached base and scored.
DeSimone was 4-for-5, Hussey 3-for-3, Rafalski 3-for-5, and Douvlos 2-for-2.
Hussey struck out six in two innings for the win, Salapek K’d three in the third, and Gustafson two more in the fourth for Warren (2-0), which plays at 4 p.m. Sunday in Bradford (2-0).
Warren Americans 275 9 – 23 19
Cameron County 002 0 – 2 1
2b-Nick Hussey (W) 2. HR-Hussey (W), Andrew Beyer (W), Jacob DeSimone (W). WP-Hussey. LP-O’Brien.
Bradford 11, Warren Nationals 0
The Warren Nationals Boys Majors All-Star team suffered an 11-0 defeat at the hands of Bradford on Thursday at Betts Jackson Field.
Bradford’s Caleb Nuzzo and Tyler Gigliotti combined to no-hit Warren in the four-inning game. Nuzzo pitched the game’s first two innings, and struck out five batters while walking three. Gigliotti pitched the final two frames, striking out four while walking one batter.
Two of Warren’s baserunners came in the top of the first inning when James Swanson and Jared Bupp each walked. Ben Berdine drew walk in the second inning, and Swanson walked again in the third to give Warren their only four baserunners of the game.
Bradford’s offense struck multiple times in each of their three at-bats. Nuzzo did a fair share of the damage, hitting a grand slam in the second inning and a three-run homer in the third. Nuzzo finished 3-for-3 with seven runs batted in, and Peyton Manion also homered.
Despite the loss, the Nationals were strong defensively. Swanson and Bupp made consecutive diving catches in the third, and Alex Borger made several strong plays at shortstop.
Warren will return to action on Friday, facing Brockway at Brockway. Bradford advances to play the Warren Americans on Sunday in Bradford.
Warren Nationals 000 0 – 0 0 1
Bradford 344 x – 11 9 0
2b- Sunafrank (B). 3b- None. HR-Manion (B), Nuzzo (B) 2, one grand slam. WP-Nuzzo, LP-Ben Berdine.