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Sallustio’s Shutout Leads TAP To July D 18U Title

Top American Prospects won the 18U championship in the HSBn Boys of Summer July D tournament on Monday.

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Right-hander Joey Sallustio delivered a complete-game shutout that helped carry Top American Prospects to the 18U championship, in the HSBN Boys of Summer July D 18U final Monday evening at Len Koch Field in Hollywood. Sallustio struck out eight in his seven full innings and the offense backed him with plenty of support for a 5-0 victory over the Buccaneers.

It is the second HSBN Boys of Summer championship for TAP (4-0), as the 18U squad also won the 2015 July C crown. Both teams also earned an invitation to the HSBN Boys of Summer Champions Tournament, which begins on Tuesday night.

The hard-throwing Sallustio had solid command in working the lower end of both sides of the plate. He walked just one and scattered four hits, and he still had a little bit extra to put on his pitches whenever he got into trouble. The Bucs (3-1) had their best scoring threat with bases loaded in the fifth, before Sallustio recorded a big strikeout to end the inning.

Adrian Garrastazu kept pace early on in his start for the Bucs, tossing two scoreless frames before running into trouble in the third. Chris Nunez was hit by a pitch leading off, and the right fielder promptly stole second to get into scoring position. A wild pitch moved Nunez to third and a throwing error allowed him to come home and open the scoring.

Luis Acevedo reached base on an error and then stole second, and Joey Spano smacked an RBI single to right field to double TAP’s lead. Spano also reached on an error and then scored on an RBI single from Sallustio in the sixth.

TAP added two unearned runs in the seventh to finish it off. TJ Samler started the inning off with a lead-off double to the right field corner and Nunez followed with a single to center. The Bucs managed to erase the lead runner on the play, but a walk to Elvis Martinez preceded a throwing error that allowed both base runners to score.

Running out of outs and chances, the Bucs made their final rally bid that loaded the bases in the sixth. After two quick outs, Raul Campanioni singled to right field, Aaron Borno was hit by a pitch and John Urena had an infield single that loaded the bags. After Sallustio escaped that jam the Bucs were unable to threaten again.

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