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Hampton shines with complete game shutout
Bite young guns fire at U18 World Cup
09/04/2017 9:17 PM ET
Ky Hampton pitches a complete game shutout for Team Australia at the Under-18 World Cup in Canada.
Ky Hampton pitches a complete game shutout for Team Australia at the Under-18 World Cup in Canada. (Team Australia)

Ky Hampton has guided Australia to a fantastic win at the Under 18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada, with the Adelaide Bite pitcher throwing a complete game shutout in a 4-0 victory.

The win is Australia's third of the tournament and with a 3-1 record they will move through to the Super Round with a final pool game against Canada to play.

Sixteen-year-old Hampton, a Mt Barker native, showed complete composure against his Taiwanese opposition in a high stakes clash as both teams entered 2-1.

While he gave up 11 hits in a tense clash he stuck out five hitters and did not allow a single walk over nine innings. Hampton ensured he was always in control with each at-bat, throwing 28 first pitch strikes against Taiwanese hitters.

Team Australia Manager Steve Fish was incredibly pleased with Hampton's game, praising the Bite star postgame.

"We made great pitches in tough counts and got out of a few james," Fish said.

"We didn't give up any free passes today which was the key for me. Usually in junior baseball those walks, passed balls and stolen bases really take their toll.

"It might've been a different result had we let a couple of balls pass us by, but credit to Ky and the defence, they were outstanding today."

In a tight nine innings of baseball Australia led by just two runs after eight innings and those tight jams Hampton pitched out of were crucial moments, especially when he kick started a double play to finish the second inning and Jake Amos mashed a home run to lead off the third.

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Building off a great season in the Australian Baseball League in which he became the youngest winning pitcher in ABL history, Hampton's year has also seen him claim the Australian Senior League Championship with the Adelaide Armada.

Hampton's win overnight also backed up the great performance his Bite teammate Jack O'Loughlin put in yesterday. O'Loughlin, 17, struck out nine hitters in six innings as Australia defeated Nicaragua 11-6.

Both players could start again in the Super Round where Australia will play another three games to determine who plays off in the Championship Game, or for bronze, on September 10.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.