Tussey Cousins Lead Scared Hitless/Smackyopitchup Past 4th Of July Explosion-USSSA “D-E” Field At Warren Co. Armco Park
Lebanon, Oh.–Cousins Chance and Bo Tussey hit .750 and .714 respectively to lead Scared Hitless/Smackyopitchup to a first place finish in the 4th Annual 4th Of July Explosion-USSSA “D-E” National Qualifier July 4th at Warren County Armco Park.
Scared Hitless mowed down three round robin opponents, then mercy-ruled Blue Balls 19-3 in the semi-finals before polishing off the Misfits 5-3 in the championship game.
The Misfits were the only team to come closer than five runs to the winners, who outscored their first four victims by a combined 65-30 margin.
The title gave Scared Hitless/Smackyopitchup a berth to the Ohio USSSA “E” State Tournament August 22-23 in Harrison, and to the Great Lakes “E” National Tournament Labor Day Weekend in Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
The offensive punch provided by cousins Chance and Bo Tussey, the pitching of Dave Davis and a solid defensive effort carried Scared Hitless to the title, said manager Jordan Baker.
“Chance and Bo were definitely our Most Valuable Players for the day,” said Baker. “They did really well for us. It seemed like every time they got a hit it was for extra bases.”
Chance Tussey hit .750, Bo Tussey .714 and Baker batted .631 to lead the champions.
For pitcher Dave Davis, who held his club’s last two opponents to a combined six runs, it was his inaugural effort on the mound.
“It was the first time we had used him to pitch and he only walked two batters on the day, and that helped,” said Baker. “He throws kind of a curve ball and it fooled them. I was catching and his ball breaks at the last second. He’s been around a long time and we heard a lot of comments that people think he’s one of the best pitchers in southern Ohio. He struck out four batters for the day.”
Defensively, boasted Baker, “we were probably the best team out there.
“Bo Tussey is our shortstop and Zach is our 2nd baseman, and they were lock-down. We turned a lot of double plays – more than anybody else that day.”
The outfield standout for Scared Hitless was Andy Day.
“We had him in left-center and we had the ball hit to him a lot, and he was errorless. It was raining, and he didn’t drop one ball. And he made some Sports Center diving catches.”
In pool play, Smackyopitchup overpowered Beaver Hunters 9-4, Devil Dogs 20-13 and Norse 17-10. Jordan Baker and Bo Tussey each contributed a pair of triples in game one. Tussey collected four more hits against the Devil Dogs while Baker, Steve and Chad Begley, Andy Lewis, Louis Collins and Dave Davis each went 3-for-4. Then versus Norse, Chance Tussey pounded out four hits – all triples, and Bob Tussey had three triples and shared six hits with Rob Lawson.
In the semi-finals, Scared Hitless used a five-run 1st and a fourteen-run 3rd to rout Blue Balls 19-3 in five. Andy Day’s bases-clearing triple put his club on the board in the 1st. Steve Begley’s two-run single capped off the inning. A two-run triple by Louis Collins and a three-run three-bagger by Chance Tussey highlighted the 3rd. Pitcher Dave Davis held Blue Balls scoreless til the 4th.
Chance and Bo Tussey, Jordan Baker and Andy Day combined for a dozen hits to pace the offense.
A four-run 1st carried Scared Hitless past Misfits 5-3 in the finals. A two-run single by Jordan Baker capped off the inning. The Misfits answered with two in the bottom of the 1st to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Rob Lawson’s rbi single in the top of the 3rd improved his club’s advantage to 5-2. The Misfits pushed across a run in the bottom of the 3rd, but it proved to be the last run of the game, making the final 5-3. Dave Davis held the Misfits scoreless over the final four innings to preserve the win.
Chance Tussey and Jordan Baker banged out three hits each for the champions.
Smackyopitchup’s Baker said a long day took its toll on his club’s offense in the finals.
“We were tired offensively in the last game,” explained Baker. “Our first game was at 9 AM, and our last four games were back-to-back-to-back beginning at 3 PM. We were beat. We couldn’t hit anymore and started making errors. We were pretty tired out there. But our defense won it for us.”
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