By Jeffery Armstrong
The nine-year-old Hampton Diamondbacks spotted the Gresham Park Mustangs a 9-0 lead in the first inning and they cruised from there, defeating the D-backs 12-4 Tuesday in the first night of the AABC Willie Mays 9-10 State Tournament at Richard Craig Park.
The game was called after four innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Michael Trebendis went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the D-backs. Trebendis started the game at pitcher, but gave way to John Wayne Goodman in the first inning.
Goodman held the Mustangs to three runs on three hits after the shaky first inning. The D-backs allowed the nine Mustang runs in the first inning on six hits; the team committed four errors, all in that inning.
The D-backs didn't get down on themselves, scoring three runs in the first to get within six at 9-3. But, the Mustangs held them to one run in the next three innings.
"This is big-time baseball played right here. If you make errors here, you're gonna get beat," said D-backs head coach Steve Bullington. "But these are a great group of kids n they battle all the time."
Jonathan Partlow, Goodman, Connor Schlottman and Marvin Richards all had RBIs for the D-backs.
Partlow also made a tremendous diving catch in right field to rob Mustangs catcher Darnell Williams of extra bases.
Keyonta Welch went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs and Sanchez England went 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs for the Mustangs.
The D-backs face the Sharpsburg Braves Thursday at 8 p.m. at Richard Craig.
Glenwood Hills 26, McDonough Blaze 16 (7-8): Glenwood Hills scored 10 runs after a power failure to crush the host team Tuesday night in the first night of the AABC Roberto Clemente 7-8 State Tournament. The Blaze led 14-11 at one point before the visitors outscored them 15-2. The Blaze play the Sharpsburg Red Sox tonight at 5 p.m. at Richard Craig.
McDonough Storm 14, Sharpsburg Red Sox 5 (7-8): Nathan Greene went 3-for-3 with two runs and Jacob Scarber went 3-for-4 with three runs to lead the Storm over the Red Sox Tuesday night. Greene also pitched three innings. They face Glenwood Hills at 9 p.m. tonight at Richard Craig.