Butler County Times Gazette
  • Oriole baseball crushes Clearwater twice

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  • Michael Albright had no idea what he had just done until he looked up and saw Garrett Hutson slowing down along the baseline.
    "I was rounding second, and I was wondering why Garrett stopped. I was confused," Albright said. "...It felt good off the bat. Just a fastball down the middle."
    Albright quickly found out he had just belted a home run to near dead center, albeit with a little assist from the extremely blustery winds Monday evening. Albright's home run was the topper for an offensive onslaught Augusta's baseball team put on a depleted Clearwater pitching staff. The Orioles whipped the Indians twice in less than three hours. They won a 15-0 run-rule game after just three innings, then won 13-0 after four innings.
    Everybody got in the act offensively for the Orioles. Connor Hurst was crushing the ball all day. He had a double, an RBI single and two RBI triples in the opener, including the game clincher. In game 2, he had multiple triples, including one that bounced off the fence.
    Albright had an RBI single, and the Orioles later scored on a passed ball to take a 2-0 lead in the opener. In the second inning, the Orioles went around the batting order. Hurst, Mason Hiser, Albright and Ian Rogers all drove in runs during the huge inning.
    The Indians simply could not touch Garrett Hutson. He faced only 10 batters, with the only baserunner coming on a walk. But Hutson didn't allow a hit as he struck out all nine of the other batters he faced.
    Hiser did nearly as well in the nightcap. He allowed just one hit as he got a shutout through four innings.
    Augusta won't play again until a crucial league showdown with the Andale Indians Monday on the road.
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