Whitestown’s Colin McAndrew (3) was perfect today, working 6 innings, allowing no hits and no runs, while striking out 17 Clinton batters.
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The Whitestown Little League 11 & 12 Year Old All-Stars got a 17 strikeout, perfect game performance from Colin McAndrew on the mound, coupled with home runs from Lucas Pasquarelli and Bryce Gnatek, en route to a 4-0 win over Clinton, in the opening round of the District 10 Tournament this afternoon at Sauquoit.
Just one Clinton batter, Van Fitzgerald, put a ball in play offensively, a fly ball out to center field in the top of the fourth inning.
McAndrew faced the bare minimum, 18 Clinton batters, in six innings of play and he struck out 17 of them.
The perfect game is darn near impossible, so a big congratulations to Colin McAndrew for accomplishing the incredible feat!
Whitestown, considered by many to be the favorite in this year’s District 10 field, got all they could handle from a very stubborn Clinton squad.
Defensively Clinton got a couple of remarkable plays from center fielder,Tanner Deveans, which killed Whitestown rallies in two separate innings.
Pasquarelli, a 6′ 2″ first baseman, put Whitestown on the board in the bottom of the second inning with a solo shot to left center field, off Clinton hurler, Anthony True, to put Whitestown up by a score of 1-0.
The first of Deveans’ electrifying catches came with runners at second and third and two out in the bottom of the second when he robbed Whitestown’s Zack Britt of a sure double, leaving his feet for a diving catch to end the big inning threat.
The way McAndrew was firing today, Pasquarelli’s bomb was all they would need, but the high powered Whitestown offense showed its teeth again in the bottom of the fifth.
That’s when Bryce Gnatek, drilled a round tripper of his own, scoring Tommy Morreale and giving the blue squad a 4-0 lead, which is the way we’d go to the top of the sixth.
Bryce is the last of three Gnatek brothers, Zach and Tyler came before him, to play in this tournament over the past eight years for Whitestown.
Whitestown’s Jacob Wojtowycz doubled earlier in the inning and came around to score on Morreale’s infield single to put Whitestown up by three.
It was a perfect start for Whitestown in many ways. The most important of which was using just one of its stable of about a half dozen quality starting pitchers in the complete game win.
Whitestown will now await the winner of Sunday’s first round contest between New Hartford and Frankfort.
The winner of that contest will play Whitestown on Tuesday night in Sauquoit.
Best of luck to Clinton the rest of the way and congratulations on the valiant effort this afternoon!
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