Hustlers beat Scouts for second straight win

The Hustlers used a total team effort in 10-3 victory over the Xenia Scouts on Thursday.

Johnny Thomas

Trailing 2-0 after five innings, the Hustlers exploded for ten runs in the final three frames, led by 3-for-5 performance from Johnny Thomas. Thomas clubbed his second home run in as many days and added a double in his second straight game with four RBI. So far this week, Thomas is 5-for-9 with three runs scored, a double, two homers, and eight runs batted in.

Chase Greenwell, Sam Kidd, and Stephen Hoagland also pitched in two-hit performances of their own.

Lexington got a solid start from Jordan Cooper, who gave up just three hits and one earned run in five innings of work, striking out five. Clay Cinnamon, Trent Martin, and Clay Hall finished out the win, combining for four innings of four-hit, one-run ball. Hustlers pitchers have allowed just 12 earned runs in their last five games, good for a 2.40 ERA.

The Hustlers are off on Friday and will travel to Southern Ohio for a doubleheader with the Copperheads beginning at 5:30pm. Lexington returns home on Sunday, hosting the Stark County Terriers for a 2pm doubleheader at Henry Clay High School.

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Team effort leads Hustlers to 6-3 win over Cincinnati

Jakson Deyer

Jakson Deyer pitched five strong innings and Johnny Thomas hit a game-winning grand slam in the eighth inning to help the Hustlers break a six-game losing streak and beat the Cincinnati Steam 6-3 on Wednesday night in Lexington.

Deyer hurled 5 1/3 innings in the win, allowing two unearned runs and five hits en route to a five-strikeout performance. Thomas, whose home run in the eighth was his first of the summer, went 2-for-4 on the night with a run scored and four RBI.

Sam Kidd, Corey Bays, and Nick Sergakis also chipped in doubles for Lexington (5-6), and Taylor Rozier went 3-for-4, raising his average for the summer to a blistering .417. The bullpen was also solid for the Hustlers, as Matthew Miller, Connor Asay, Shaun Meyer and Brent Cobb combined for 3 2/3 innings, allowing a single unearned run. Cobb earned his third save of the season.

The Hustlers are back in action on Thursday against the Xenia Scouts, traveling to the AIA complex for a 7pm first pitch. Lexington returns home after a Saturday doubleheader at Southern Ohio to face the Stark County Terriers for two games on Sunday (2pm first pitch).

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Rainout vs. Monarchs rescheduled for July 13th

The Hustlers and the Monarchs will play on Friday, July 13

The Hustlers have rescheduled their series finale against the Lake Erie Monarchs that was rained out on June 17.

Lexington will take on Lake Erie on Friday, July 13th at Cincinnati’s Western Hills High School, the home of the Steam. The game will be played at 1:05pm.

For the most up-to-date schedule for this summer, remember to check out the Hustlers’ schedule  on Pointstreak.

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Hustlers looking to end skid after long road trip

The Hustlers will be looking to get back on track after a long road trip this upcoming week. Lexington faces the Cincinnati Steam at the friendly confines of Henry Clay High School on Wednesday.

Matt Honchel

In their first 15 games of 2012, the Hustlers play only four at home, with four doubleheaders. Taylor Rozier continues to swing a hot bat for Lexington, and is batting .375 with a league-leading 9 RBI so far in 2012. Matt Honchel, who was named to multiple Freshman All-American teams, is batting .353 with four stolen bases.

Logan Shaftner owns a 2.70 ERA through two starts for Lexington, with Austin Clay and Jake Hall both toting ERA’s of 3.48. Brent Cobb has also pitched well, with a perfect 2.2 innings pitched in three appearances for the Hustlers.

Lexington faces Cincinnati on Wednesday at Henry Clay High School. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.

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Hustlers looking to build on hot start

The Hustlers recently finished a fantastic first week to their 2012 season, starting the summer with four consecutive victories before falling in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at Lima.

Chase Greenwell
photo by Regina Rickert

Wofford’s Taylor Rozier (.421 batting average) and Morehead State’s Chase Greenwell (.417) have led the way offensively for the Hustlers. Both have tallied five RBI in as many games this summer.

The pitching has also been solid so far for the 2012 Hustlers. Lincoln Trail’s Jacob Hall (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Western Kentucky’s Austin Clay (1-0, 1.50) both notched quality starts in their Hustlers debuts. Closer Brent Cobb, who attends Eastern Kentucky University, has notched two saves in as many appearances, and is yet to surrender a hit to opposing batters.

The Hustlers are slated to play six games in the second week of the season, beginning with home dates against Cincinnati and Xenia on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. Lexington travels to Lake Erie for a four-game road series against the Monarchs, with a single games on Friday and Sunday wrapped around a Saturday doubleheader.

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Fans, keep in mind that today’s games against the Locos are AT LIMA

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Lexington is 3-0 After Taking Two Games From Dayton

Taylor Rozier went 5-for-7 with two walks and four RBI for the Hustlers on Saturday (photo by Regina Rickert)

By: Maddie Kuhn

DAYTON – The Lexington Hustlers won both games of their doubleheader against the Dayton Docs Saturday, 6-3 in the first game and 10-3 in the second game.

In the first game of the day, the Docs and Hustlers were tied at 2 after the third inning, but a string of scoring in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames gave Lexington a 6-2 lead. Dayton had two hits and a run in the bottom of the seventh, but could not put the ball in play to score Kuris Duggan from third to decrease the lead and extend the game.

Hustler Taylor Rozier went 3-for-3 in the first game with a double and 2 RBI and his teammate Stephen Hoagland went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and 2 runs scored. The Docs’ Garrett Gray matched Rozier with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double and an RBI.

The Hustlers’ pitching served them well in the first contest. Starter Austin Clay threw six innings and gave up five hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and six strikeouts.

Actually, Lexington’s pitching is worthy of note in the second game too. The Docs didn’t put a run on the board until the eighth inning thanks to Jacob Hall’s six inning, no run effort. He maintains a 0.00 ERA.

The Hustlers were giving Hall steady run support in the first half of the game: two runs in the first inning, one in the third and one in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. The big break that helped put the game away was in the sixth, where they posted five runs to make it 9-0. Two Docs errors contributed to the Hustler’s scoring efforts.

Lexington is now 3-0, one of three undefeated teams in the league. They will be tested when they visit the Lima Locos for a doubleheader tomorrow at 3 and 5:30 p.m.

The Docs are on a short slide after winning their first game of the season. Dayton gets a chance to bounce back tomorrow night in Xenia against the Scouts at 7 p.m.

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Hustlers win home opener

The 2012 Hustlers celebrate their season-opening win (photo by At Close Range photography)

Lexington Scores in Eighth to Beat Xenia by One

By: Maddie Kuhn

LEXINGTON, KY – The Lexington Hustlers and the Xenia Scouts were tied for nearly three innings before the Hustlers broke the tie and secured the 6-5 win.

Extra innings seemed imminent in the Bluegrass State until a Taylor Rozier single and two walks loaded the bases for the Hustlers in the bottom of the eighth. Matt Phipps tagged up and scored on a Corey Bays sacrifice fly for Lexington’s final run.

Xenia had 15 hits to Lexington’s 9, but the Scouts left twelve men on base. The Scouts also gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the second after an error by the second baseman.

Justin Fahy, David Gabel and Buck Harris all contributed three hits to the Scouts’ Opening Day effort. Meanwhile, eight Hustlers had at least one hit in the game.

Shaun Meyer was victorious after giving up just two earned runs and seven hits with one walk and a strikeout in four innings of work. Shane Armstrong had the loss for Xenia, giving up one run and two walks with three K’s in three and two-thirds innings. Brent Cobb earned the save with an inning of scoreless baseball.

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Honchel Named Freshman All-American

Miami outfielder honored by Collegiate Baseball magazine

Matt Honchel

TUSCON, Ariz. — Miami outfielder Matt Honchel has been named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced today. He is the seventh player in school history, the first since 2005, to earn the honor.

The Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, Honchel posted a league-best .395 batting average with 92 hits in 233 at-bats. He currently stands 14th overall, and is the leading freshman, in the NCAA’s national statistics rankings.

Honchel, a native of Harrodsburg, Ky., played in all 59 games for Miami, starting 57 of those between outfield and designated hitter positions. He hit safely in 49 contests, never going more than two consecutive games without a base-knock, and finished the year with a team-season best 16-game hitting streak. He registered multiple hits on 31 occasions, another team-best, highlighted by a trio of four-hit performances — against Toledo twice (3/31 and 4/1) and at Kent State (5/12). Honchel’s hit total was the fourth-most in a single season at Miami, just four shy of the school record, and stands 16th in the country.

Additionally, he ranks 15th in the country in the “Toughest to Strike Out” category, fanning once every 17.9 at-bats. The last Freshman All-America selection at Miami was John Ely, currently at the Triple-A level in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, in 2005. The five others named to various teams were Ted Ward (1990), Chris Leonard (2000), Graham Taylor (2003) and Jeff Day and Keith Weiser in 2004. Honchel is one of 14 outfielders selected to the team, which can be viewed here.

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New-look Hustlers set for an exciting summer

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The Lexington Hustlers open up their third season of play in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League on Friday, and possess a roster that gives head coach Kyle Medley a multitude of options. Lexington will represent 18 different collegiate institutions, several of which include conference champions and NCAA postseason contenders.

Hustlers season tickets will be on sale through Friday, and are just $25/person. Upon purchase, season ticket holders will be put on a pass list that will get them into all regular season home games. General admission tickets are $5 each.

Here is a positional breakdown of the 2012 Hustlers roster:

Infielders

Chase Greenwell

The 2012 Hustlers will flash some impressive leather at all infield positions. Morehead State’s Chase Greenwell had a phenomenal spring, batting .338 with a team-high 16 doubles in 2012. The Elizabethtown native also fielded an impressive .947 at shortstop for the Eagles.

Taylor Rozier will see most of his time at first base this summer, but can also play corner outfield. This past spring, Rozier batted .250 with six doubles in 29 games for Wofford College.

Corey Bays played in 20 games for Murray State as a true freshman, starting eight. Bays is an alum of Henry Clay High School, where the Hustlers will play their home games this summer.

Nick Sergakis, who redshirted this past season for Southern Conference champion Coastal Carolina, and Olney Central’s Caleb Eickhoff– who played for Medley’s Marion Bobcats last summer- will also play several infield positions over the summer. Another solid option is Matt Phipps, who played in 37 games for EKU in 2012, starting eight.

Johnny Thomas

Also expected to be a solid contributor is Middle Tennessee’s Johnny Thomas, who was recently named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team. The native of Louisiana started all 59 games for the Blue Raiders this season, batting at a .277 clip with a team-leading 17 doubles and seven home runs. The slick-fielding native of Louisiana made just five errors all season, turning in a sparkling .982 fielding percentage.

“We were really impressed with the success our infielders had this past spring, particularly with defense,” said Medley. “We know these guys are going to hit, but the ability to make the average play and to turn double plays is going to be very important. I also really like that most of these guys can play second, third, and shortstop.”

Outfield

Duran Elmore

The Hustlers will boast an extremely talented and athletic core of outfielders this summer.

“I’m really excited to watch these guys play,” added Medley. “They all can really go get it in the outfield, and are going to be all over the base paths this summer.”

Duran Elmore, who made the OVC All-Freshman Team, started 50 games as a freshman at Morehead State, clubbing three home runs and swiping 16 bases for the Eagles.

David Simmons, who started 33 games for Western Kentucky, also has lightning speed and the ability to play all three outfield positions.

Matt Honchel

Matt Honchel, who earned MAC Freshman of the Year honors and was also a First-Team All-MAC selection, won the conference batting title, turning in a .401 clip during the regular season for the Redhawks. Honchel, who prepped at Mercery County High School, led all NCAA freshmen in batting average.

2011 Great Lakes League All-Star Sam Kidd also returns for the summer. The Statesmen, who were NCAA Division II national runner-ups in 2012, started Kidd (who hit .310 with four homeruns and stole 19 bases) in all 64 of their games this season.

Catchers

Medley will have the luxury of rotating three catchers in 2012, including Ryan Akins, who hit a blistering .340 at Berea College as a freshman. The versatile Stephen Hoagland will see action behind the plate and in both the infield and outfield this summer. The former Lexington Christian Academy standout appeared in eight games for Kentucky, who climbed to no. 1 in national polls this past spring. Steve Ferraro played in 25 games for OVC Champion Eastern Kentucky in 2012, starting ten.

Pitchers

Austin Clay

The 2012 Hustlers will feature a balanced pitching staff this summer, with seven left-handers and seven right-handed arms.

“I’m looking forward to watching these guys settle into roles this summer,” said Medley. “We’re wide open in terms of our starting rotation and who were use out of the pen.”

Lefty Austin Clay went 4-4 in his freshman campaign at Western Kentucky, and emerged as one of the Hilltoppers’ top starting pitchers in 2012.

Connor Asay returns to the Hustlers for 2012. The versatile righthander, who redshirted at USC-Sumter this past season, threw 34.2 innings for the Hustlers in 2011 and started three games.

Brent Cobb pitched in 25 games for EKU this past spring, holding opponents to a .239 batting average against. Fellow Colonel Austin Rexroat, who appeared in 15 games, will also bolster the bullpen for the Hustlers in 2012. RHP Clay Cinnamon, another Mercer County product, appeared in eight games for Miami University, starting two.

Southpaw Jordan Cooper maintained a 3.74 ERA for Middle Tennessee in 2012, holding opposing batters to a .220 batting average.

Lefthanders Jakson Deyer and Clay Hall, who both redshirted at Louisville and Georgetown (respectively) this past season, will also contribute valuable innings for Lexington.

Ian Tompkins

Western Kentucky’s Ian Tompkins, who averaged better than a strikeout per inning in 21 appearances, is another southpaw that joins the squad for the summer.

RHP Trent Martin, who will be a redshirt freshman at Morehead State next fall, is a hard-throwing option out of the bullpen for Medley.

Georgetown College’s Shaun Meyer went 3-0 for the Tigers, owning a masterful 1.27 era in 2012. He surrendered just 18 hits in 35.1 innings, good for a .145 batting average against.

LHP Jake Hall went 5-3 with a 3.78 ERA at Lincoln Trail this past season. Logan Shaftner owned a 2-0 record for Parkland College in 2012, turning in a 4.82 ERA for the Cobras. Both will contend for starting roles.

Rounding out the staff is southpaw Matthew Miller will also see substantial innings for the 2012 Hustlers. Miller pitched in 20 games for the Atlantic 10 Champion Dayton Flyers.

“It’s going to be a blast to watch our players develop this summer,” Medley said. “Everyone in our organization is looking forward to a truly great season.”

The Hustlers host the Xenia Scouts on June 8 to open up their Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League season. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.

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