MVP New York 2025 first baseman Carter Dickinson handles throw from second baseman Colin Horowitz to complete 6-4-3 double play.
By Sean Reilly
Brayden Hromada had a good spring playing for Center Moriches High School on Long Island, where he expanded his role during his sophomore campaign.
Known mostly for his catching and hitting skills, he joined the starting pitching rotation this year as well, and brought positive results.
He’s playing this summer for MVP New York 2025, and his first mound start of the season on Sunday at Diamond Nation was a good one.
The 6-2, 230-pound right-hander allowed two hits over four scoreless innings when his Long Island-based team beat Bell Ringers 2025 Black, 6-0, at the Super 16 Invitational in Flemington.
Hromada struck out six and walked five. He also drew a base on balls during a four-run first inning and doubled during his other at-bat while accounting for two runs out of the third spot in the order.
“It was all about throwing strikes and then letting my defense do the work,” he said. “I want to work on throwing more strikes during the summer.”
MVP New York 2025, which finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after losing in its last game on Sunday, started quickly against the Pennsylvania-based Bell Ringers.
Matt Gileno began the bottom of the first with a grounds rule double to left-center field. After a ground out kept Gileno at third, Hromada walked.
Carter Dickinson was the next batter, and his RBI single to right field, compounded by an error, scored a second run. Dickinson wound up scoring on a ground out to second base by Emmanuel Saintjean. Jordan Konig followed with a triple to right center, and he scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead.
The Bell Ringers’ most dangerous threat came when Cheston Lovelace and Augie Turner, the first two batters in the third inning, walked. Hromada buckled down by striking out the next two batters before the third popped out to shortstop.
Hromada came to the plate with one out in the bottom of the fourth and doubled to left field. Courtesy runner Joseph Hiller stole third and scored on a single to right field by Dickinson, who finished 2-for-2 with two RBI.
Hiller led off the fifth and reached on an error, and after two stolen bases, scored the final run when Chase Renne was also safe on an error.
Jayden Ramirez pitched the fifth and final inning for MVP New York 2025.
“That first inning was big to get a lead,” Hromada said. “I was able to concentrate more on trying to throw strikes.”