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Booker’s Hunter Johnson Shuts Down St. Stephen’s

It’s been quite the first week so far for the Booker Tornadoes. After handing Sarasota Christian a 12-2 loss on Tuesday, the Tornadoes played host on Thursday to St. Stephen’s.

Hunter Johnson took the rock to start the game for Booker, and Johnson showed early on that he had control of the game. The senior threw a complete game, striking out ten and scattering seven hits to help Booker to a 3-2 win.

“It is great to start the season 2-0,” said Tornadoes Manager Jeremy Schmidt. “Hunter has been our ace since his freshman year, and he pitched a great game today.”

Johnson was aided offensively by James Boldin, who went 2-4, and Alex Amero, who drove in two of the Tornadoes three runs.

It was actually St. Stephen’s that took the lead first in this one. Mike Madigan hit a one-out single, and moved to second on a Ben Tobio base hit. Jacob Eyre then hit an infield single, loading the bases. Sam O’Dell then drove in Madigan with a single of his own.

Johnson was then able to wiggle out of the jam with the Tornadoes only down one.

In their half of the third, Booker immediately responded. Jake Underwood reached base on an error to lead off the inning. James Boldin then singled, and suddenly the Tornadoes had runners on first and third. Amero then delivered an RBI single, scoring courtesy runner Caleb Parsley. Boldin also would score on the play, giving Booker a lead they would never relinquish.

The Tornadoes added one more run in the fourth, then held on to close out the game 3-2.

Booker is back in action tonight when they try to keep their early season record perfect in a match-up with Lemon Bay.

St. Stephen’s is also in action on Friday, traveling to face Imagine School.

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