California Cart Retrieval spotted pitcher Matt Fuson four runs before he ever stepped on the mound in Tuesday's Majors Bambino championship game at Salas Park.
It was three more runs than he would need against H.R. Keefer.
Fuson shut down Keefer's lineup, throwing a one-hit shutout and striking out 14 to lead CCR to a 7-0 victory and its second straight championship.
"My team gave me a lot of support," Fuson said. "They hit the ball really good tonight. I pitched like I normally do, except when their better hitters came up. Then I threw a little harder."
Keefer didn't pick up its first hit until Zach Massie doubled with one out in the fourth. Aside from that, Fuson was on top of his game, walking only one and hitting a batter.
CCR came out swinging, sending eight men to the plate in the top of the first inning.
After Brennen Miller led off with a walk, Nick Parisi singled to put runners at first and second. Fuson then hit what looked to be a harmless grounder to the infield, but the ball was misplayed, allowing two runs to score and Fuson to reach safely.
Spencer Thomas followed with a two-run blast to right field that gave CCR a 4-0 lead. Thomas finished with two hits in the game and had three runs batted in.
CCR added three more runs in the second on four singles and a walk.
Michael Blackmun started the inning with a single before Keefer pitcher Kevin Keefer struck out the next batter. CCR then got three consecutive one-out singles from Parisi, Fuson and Thomas to plate two runs. Fuson later scored on a wild pitch to give CCR a 7-0 cushion after two.
Parisi had two hits and two runs for CCR, Miller had two hits and scored once and Blackmun scored twice. Ben Wong added a hit.
H.R. Keefer roster:
- Kevin Keefer
- Randy Smart
- Chris Aleria
- Zach Massie
- Andrew Billups
- Bryan McKay
- Josh Christensen
- Julian Martinez,
- James Shaw
- Raymond Lerma
- Josh Grinstead
- Eric Escalante
- Aaron Roth
California Cart Retrieval roster:
- Brennen Miller
- Nick Parisi
- Matt Fuson
- Spencer Thomas
- Ben Wong
- Michael Blackmun
- Jakob Wight
- Juan Toledo
- Daniel Hartley
- Randy Turrentine
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