Hodgson defeated St. Georges 4-3 to win the Stenta Cup Championship Sunday night at Frawley Stadium.
Hodgson scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to score a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over St. Georges Sunday night to win the Stenta Cup Championship at Frawley Stadium.
This was the Silver Eagles eighth trophy in the 17 years the tournament for Vo-tech schools has been played.
"We lost a couple of one-run ball games this year, so the last inning I told the guys we're not doing this again. We're going keep pushing until the last pitch, and somebody step up and win the ball game for us," said Hodgson coach Chris Moxley. "I think this was a team effort tonight, with Tyler's (Newton) pitching and the guys refusing to make the last out, I thought we had a nice little tournament," he said.
Hodgson broke out on top with one run in the second inning, but the Hawks tied the score in the bottom of the third. Then, after the Silver Eagles regained the lead in the top of the sixth with one run, the Hawks came right back with a pair of runs in their half of the inning to take their first lead at 3-2 with one inning to go. Hodgson rallied in the seventh to take the lead, as Nick Sayers provided a key RBI on a sacrifice fly for the 4-3 lead.
Sayers said he was happy to help his teammates. "I went up there (to the plate) just trying to make contact. It was a tough game, and that's a great team over there, but we pulled it out and got the victory," said Sayers.
Silver Eagle starter Tyler Newton then closed out the game by shutting down the Hawks in the seventh. Newton spoke about providing leadership on the field and in the dugout to his teammates.
"I feel as a senior, I feel that everyone is important on this team, even the kids that don't play, they help control the game just as much as we do. If we play good, they play good, and it's a team effort, and it takes all of us to win a game," said Newton.
In the tournament opener, Hodgson's Brandon Walter pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in defeating Delcastle 8-0. Walter just missed a perfect game, but hit one batter. He faced the minimum 21 hitters as the next batter ground into a double play.
In the other opening round game, Lance Gilbert led the Hawks offensive going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI. Sean McGrath went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Quenton Hamrick scored 3 runs, Chandler Foulk went
2-for-2 with two runs scored, and TJ Pilong drove in two runs. Bradley Ulmer picked up his first win as he tossed a one hitter against Howard.
In the consolation game, Delcastle defeated Howard 6-3 to take home the third place trophy.
Tyler Lasako struck out nine over five innings to earn Delcastle's first win of the season.Avery Earley and Corey Mitchell paced the Cougars with two hits apiece.Luilly Ferreira pitched a complete game, and struck out nine batter for the Wildcats.