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Hustlers new & old shining so far in 2011

Andy Heston
Andy Heston
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Alex Blodgett is 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA so far for Palm Beach State. The sophomore graduate of Tates Creek High School has 14 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched.

Opponents are hitting just .169 off Bryan Station grad Brandon Boling, Gardner-Webb's ace. In five starts, Boling has a 1-1 record and a 3.68 ERA for a GWU team that is 14-4 so far this year.

Freshman Nolan Fernandez (Henry Clay) is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA for #21 Wabash Valley Junior College. Sophomore Shain Crain, who has committed to Louisville, is hitting .333 with seven doubles for WVJC.

Junior Matt Harris (Henry Clay High School) has been outstanding in relief so far at Eastern Kentucky, owning a 2.79 ERA in a team-high eight outings.

Seniors Andy Heston and Dave Middendorf are having great years so far at Northern Kentucky. Heston owns a 0.75 ERA in seven games, and has surrendered just four hits in 12 innings. Middendorf is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and in 32.1 innings, has struck out a team-high 36 batters.

Robert Lawrence is hitting .333 so far for Middle Tennessee State.

Junior Chad Martin, a Dunbar grad, is 1-0 with a 1.01 ERA through seven appearances (three starts) at Indiana. In 26.2 innings, Martin has allowed just 19 hits (.200 BAA).

Junior Jason McGinnis is 2-2 with a 2.80 ERA through seven starts at Georgetown College. McGinnis, who returns to the Hustlers this summer, has struck out 35 and held opponennts to a .214 average so far in 2010.

Southpaw Tanner Perkins has been nothing short of dominant through five starts at Western Kentucky. The sophomore is 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA, and through 33.1 innings pitched, has struck out 28 and walked only four batters. Opponents are hitting just .195 off the Rockcastle County grad.

Senior Justin Riddell, who was a GLSCL All-Star last summer, is hitting a team-high .371 for Cincinnati. The Lexington Catholic grad has eight doubles, 15 RBI, and is slugging .500, all of which are also team-highs for the Bearcats.

Freshman sensation J.T. Riddle, who was Mr. Kentucky Baseball for Western Hills High School last year, is batting a team-high .381 for the Wildcats. In 15 games played (13 starts), Riddle has four doubles, a home run, is a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases and is slugging .548. He was also featured in this article on


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