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Near Perfection by David Medich in a Dominating 7-0 Hopewell Win

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Hopewell Township- A masterful performance was turned in today by Hopewell starter David Medich.

To describe Medich’s performance this afternoon against Keystone Oaks as dominating wouldn’t be doing it justice.

The junior right-hander pitched a complete game, 1-hit shutout, striking out 15 hitters as Hopewell (3-1) defeated Keystone Oaks, 7-0.

The only Keystone Oaks hit came in the top of the second from Jake LaPorte.

The key to this pitching gem was Medich’s ability to throw both his fastball and curveball for strikes, which completely kept the hitters off balance.

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Medich struck out 8 of the first 9 Keystone Oaks hitters, throwing only 45 pitches.

The Hopewell hitters got all they would need in the first inning. With 2 outs, John Vescio was hit by a pitch. After stealing second base, Vescio would score on a hard RBI single to right by cleanup hitter Ben McDonald. Hopewell led 1-0.

More clutch 2- out hitting in the second as James Gill roped a ball to right field to score Aaron Dickhart. Hopewell led 2-0.

In the top of the 4th, Medich received some help by his defense as Vescio made a nice running catch on a line drive to center. To end the inning, Medich threw 3 consecutive filthy curveballs to freeze the batter.

In the bottom of the 4th, Hopewell took advantage of some bad defense by KO. After 1 out, Tyler Triscila singled to left field, Next up, Gill reached base on an error. Then with bases loaded and 2 outs, Zach Gigliotti hit a ground ball that was misplayed by the shortstop allowing Triscila and Gill to score. In the inning, KO committed 3 errors and 5 total in the game. Hopewell now led 4-0.

Hopewell tacked on 3 more runs in the bottom of the 6th when with 2-outs, Vescio doubled in Lucas Walton and Gigliotti. The 7th run was scored on an RBI single by Charlie Smetana.

All 7 runs today scored by Hopewell came with 2 outs.

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Fittingly, Medich ended the game with his 14th and 15th strikeouts of the day.

For the game, Medich struck out 15 batters, allowed only 1 hits and threw only 91 pitches, 66 of which were strikes.

Hopewell is back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host Kiski.

Hopewell Boxscore:

Vescio: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI

McDonald: 2-4, RBI

Gill: 1-3, 1 Run, RBI

Logan Triscila: 2-2, Walk

Following this afternoon’s win, Hopewell Sports Nation spoke with Hopewell Head Coach Morgan Singletary.

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