Austin Magestro threw a complete-game shutout Monday as Hylton High School’s baseball team defeated James River 9-0 in the 6A South Tournament first round.
The Bulldogs (19-2) travel to Cosby (22-0) Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. regional semifinal game. Cosby, which is ranked No. 9 in the country, beat Riverbend Monday 7-2.
Magestro allowed three hits, two walks and struck out eight. Magestro’s fastball, clocked at 87-89 mph throughout the game, appeared to be overpowering the Rapids (16-10). His change-up and slider were equally effective.
As the score would indicate, Magestro had a lot of help from the Bulldog offense. Leading the Hylton barrage was senior outfielder Brady Zinda (UMBC), (3 for 3, 2 runs), senior designated hitter Will Frazier (CCBC-Essex) (2 for 4, 3 runs, 1 HR, 2 RBIs), senior shortstop Joe Bagnerise (1 run, 1 BB, 1 SAC, 1 SF, 1 RBI) and junior Stephen Johnston (1 for 2, 1 double, 1 BB, 1 RBI).
In the first inning, Magestro struck out the first two Rapid hitters and ended the inning with a fly ball, which was caught in left field by sophomore Ben Marotske.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but had a chance to double that.
Leadoff hitter Zinda drove an outside fastball into leftfield for a line drive single. Bagnerise was walked, moving Zinda to second and Frazier loaded the bases on a bunt, which was mishandled by Rapids starting pitcher Griffin Roberts.
With no outs and the bases loaded, Magestro hit a hard ground ball to second baseman Coleman Paz, who made the 4-6-3 double play. Zinda scored on the play. With two outs and Bagnerise on third base, senior outfielder Trey Bridis (Youngstown State) drew an 11 pitch walk. Three pitches later, Bridis bolted for second base for the steal, drawing the throw from catcher Will Gregory. The throw was slightly off line, which was just enough of a window to allow Bagnerise to break for home, scoring on the double steal. The inning ended with Bridis caught stealing third.
The second inning was another 1-2-3 inning for Magestro, with one strikeout.
The Bulldogs were able to scratch across one run in the bottom of the second inning. Johnston drew a walk to start the bottom of the inning, was moved to second by a perfect sacrifice bunt by sophomore Fox Semones. Junior catcher Riley West was hit by a pitch. Johnston scored four pitches later, when Rapid pitcher Roberts threw wild to first base in an attempt to pick off West.
The Rapids found some life in the top of the third, with a leadoff single by Gregory and then a walk by designated hitter Mitchell Carmody. Coleman Paz sacrifice bunted to Semones at third base, to put the Rapids in scoring position, with a man on second and third and one out. But Magestro responded with a strikeout and a ground out to senior second baseman Marcel Barrett (Potomac State) to end the threat.
The 3rd inning was another big inning for the Bulldogs, with Hylton increasing its lead to 5-0 when Frazier scored on a double by Johnston, and junior Bryce Crawford scored in a line drive single by Semones over barely over the leaping Rapids shortstop.
The top of the 4th inning was another three up, three down for Magestro. In the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs increases their lead after Zinda ripped another single and Frazier buried a 3-2 fastball deep over the left field fence for a two run homerun (his fourth of the year).
The Bulldogs scored their last two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Marotske was hit by a pitch. Zinda ripped his third single of the day into right field, moving Marotske to third. But Zinda was thrown out trying to extend the play to second. Bagnerise hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Marotske. The final run was scored after Frazier reached on a hard hit ball that was bobbled by the Rapid third baseman, and then Magestro ripped his own double.