The Soo Midget-Junior Black Sox fell in their season debut 4-3 to the Varsity Rudyard Bulldogs this past Friday, May 7th. The Sox lead the game 3-1 until the Varsity Bulldogs manufactured a seventh inning comeback.
The Sox were led by starting pitcher Colton Read, who registered 6 and 1/3 innings of one-run ball. “He was the best pitcher we’ve seen so far,” said Rudyard coach Jim Smith after the game. The match was Rudyard’s 11th game of the season. Read received a no-decision in the loss.
“I’m very happy with how our team performed for the first game of the season. I felt like our team had great chemistry defensively and everybody was working together,” said Read. His success was helped by maintaining a low pitch-count, needing only 71 pitches to finish the first six innings of the game.
Read and the rest of the pitching staff have been trained this off-season by Black Sox pitching coach Tyler Binkley. Binkley, 27, played his career as a member of Black Sox before being drafted to the New York Mets in 2006. His experience will be a valuable asset to the team as the Sox move forward.
Though the team’s hitting was quiet, veteran infielder Jordan Trudeau picked up two hits and an RBI.
The next action for The Sox will be in the Rudyard Varsity Invitational tournament this Saturday, May 14th. They will face an experienced Charlevoix lineup in the opening game.