The Soo Junior-Midget Black Sox faced a three game weekend in a friendly, EUP hosted exhibition series, June 24th-25th. The three-team event featured the Soo Black Sox, the EUP Travelers, and the Onaway Patriots. In game one, the Sox fell to the powerful EUP lineup, 13-1.
Game two featured a matchup between the Sox and the Onaway Patriots. The Sox turned to the team’s ace Colton Read for the contest. Being economical with his pitch count, Read was able to retire the first 10 batters he faced, in order. Relying on his patented control, Read was able to throw a complete game five-hitter, allowing zero earned runs. Read also used his quick move to pick off two base runners. This was enough to propel the Sox to a clean, 2-1 victory.
The contest concluded in a nail-biting fashion. In the top of the 7th inning, Onaway tried their best to claw back. With one out and the tying run on third base, Onaway’s Weggelsworth slammed a hard line drive, which was stabbed in the air by the Sox rookie shortstop Noah Thomson. Thomson quickly snapped the ball to third baseman Jordan Trudeau, who completed the double play to end the game.
Trudeau had this to say of Colton Read’s performance on the mound: “He definitely deserved the win. He was going right after their hitters all game; he only walked one person- can’t ask for more than that.”
Game three saw another match between the Sox and the Patriots. The Sox broke out their bats in this match. In the third inning, the Sox number 3 and 4 hitters earned their money. Jordan Trudeau led off by scorching the ball over Onaway’s right fielder for a double. Dana Lesage followed up by smashing a 355 ft. bomb over the left-center field fence of Jesse James field in Soo Michigan. The monster home-run was Dana’s first of the season. “These last few games I’ve been missing my pitch, so it felt great to finally be able to put one out,” said Lesage.
Onaway answered back in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring 5 runs apiece respectively. Despite the offensive pop of the Black Sox, they couldn’t beat Mother Nature. The game was postponed in the 6th inning due to rain, and never continued. Without a chance to keep their bats rolling, the Sox were forced to accept a hard-fought 13-11 loss to the Patriots.
Offensive standouts were plentiful; with Jordan Trudeau’s 3-for-4, Colton Read’s 2-for-3, Connor Henderson’s 2-for-4, Dana Lesage’s 1-for-3 (the home run), Liam Riley’s 2-for-3, and Jared Pine who raked a double.
The final game of the weekend, featuring the Sox and EUP, was also cancelled due to weather conditions.
The weekend was a big step forward for the development of the Sox club. Next action for the Black Sox is Tuesday, June 28th against EUP.