The Hamilton baseball team knew it wouldn’t have top pitcher Patrick Murphy this year after offseason Tommy John surgery, and it hasn’t seen fellow standout Sean Rackoski yet because of arm discomfort.
Meanwhile, the pitchers that are healthy continue to do quite the job filling in.
It was left-hander Tyler Erwin’s turn on Friday, as he threw a complete game and allowed just two unearned runs in a 4-2 victory over host Perry in a Division I power points matchup.
Erwin gave up eight hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Perry had runners on first and second with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth, but he escaped the jam unscathed.
“He was ahead in the count all day, and that really helped,” Hamilton coach Mike Woods said. “That allowed him to throw his off-speed stuff.”
The Huskies have now given up just 26 runs in the first 10 games of the season and are sitting at 8-2 overall. Hamilton lost to Mountain Pointe on Tuesday but rebounded with a win over Corona del Sol on Thursday before beating Perry.
Skyler Palermo led the game off with a home run on the second pitch, and Hamilton would tack on one more run in each of the next three innings.
Perry scored a run in the third and another in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to two but couldn’t get over the hump. The tying run was at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Erwin got No. 3 hole hitter Austin Bull on a comebacker to end it.
The Pumas entered fresh off a victory over St. Mary’s in the championship game of the Highland Triple Play Classic on Thursday. Perry drops to 12-3 but coach Shane Hilstrom was happy to see his team fight back after the early hole.
“Palermo hits a leadoff home run and you kind of look around to see who puts their head down,” he said. “But they hung in there.”
Jeremy McCuin went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles for Perry, and Dusty Wright was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Austin Filiere was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead Hamilton, while Tyler Hill and Cody Bellinger had a pair of hits apiece.
Hamilton seemed poised to break the game open several times early, but a couple outs on the basepaths and some good Perry defense kept the game close.
“We couldn’t get that big inning, but I liked the way we swung the bat for the most part,” Woods said.
Hamilton 4, Perry 2
Hamilton 111 100 0 -- 4 8 2
Perry 001 010 0 -- 2 8 1