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Against a strong opponent the Wrath Hitmen played their best game of the season in a decisive 9-2 victory over Youth Service on a bright Spring morning. The Hitmen combined quality at bats and smart base running to power the offense, which got off to a fast start – scoring a run in the first inning on a single by Sam Levine. The short stop has hit safely in all five games of the season. Starter Paul Liou had his best outing of the season, hitting the zone with 15 first-pitch strikes and fooling batters with his off-speed stuff. Liou allowed two hits and two runs over five innings, striking out 13. In the third inning, with bases loaded and no outs, the Hitmen took advantage of the situation. In past games they stranded runners. This time they cleared the bases on a passed ball allowing Levine to steal home and then a single by Luca Bielski. Ben Rubin led the Hitmen with two hits in two at bats. Val Tartamella, a visiting player for the Hitmen, added a final flourish with a hard-hit home run to center in the fifth inning. Ben Harwayne and Chris Liu also collected hits. Tartamella closed out the game pitching in relief.
“Saturday’s game was a big hype knowing the type of teams Morris has had in the past. Liou was dominant for his 5 innings of work and our defense and situational hitting was key for the win. Bielski had a key opposite field single that brought in 2 runs which put the nail in the coffin against Morris,” Coach Carlesi said. “The biggest take away from this game was that our hitters were patient at the plate. Julian Duran had a 9 pitch at bat and Jonathan Lee had an 8 pitch at bat. Many other players fought off tough pitches and then got a hit on the pitcher’s mistake. Coach Hahn and I were very proud of the boys this weekend.”