The Elks 341 Minor Bantam Black Sox traveled to Stratford this past weekend and took part in the Annual 14U baseball tournament.
The locals went 1-1-1 in the Round Robin and finished 5th out of 10 teams, missing out on the Semi-Finals by a single point.
A gutsy tie against the eventual tournament Champions and a shutout win in the final round robin game highlighted a very good weekend performance.
Game 1: Ingersoll Ironbirds 12 Soo Black Sox 6
Ingersoll jumped out early but the locals fought back to keep the game close at 6-4 heading to the last inning. A rough 7th inning however, led to the defeat.
Losing Pitcher was Andrew Conrad, who also added 2 singles with 2 RBI’s in the setback. Landon Assiginack added a triple with 2 RBI’s and Lucas Malcolm added 2 singles.
Game 2: Soo Black Sox 7 Guelph Royals 7
After a slow start the Sox found themselves trailing 7-2 going into the bottom of the last inning. The Elks squad managed to stay composed and score 5 runs on 4 hits to gain a tie in this match-up against the eventual tournament champion Guelph squad.
Malcolm McGugan had 2 singles and the game tying RBI, while Andrew Conrad added 2 singles.
Game 3: Soo Black Sox 6 Kitchener Panthers 0
From the start, lefty Malcolm McGugan had the Panthers off balance. Playing with a solid team defense supporting the cause, McGugan threw a complete game 3 hit shutout with 7 strikeouts on 79 pitches. He also added 2 singles and scored 2 runs of his own.
Carter Gallivan added 2 singles while Matthew Gagne added a single and 2 key RBI’s.
Next action for the Elks 341 Black Sox is July 28-29 when the locals travel to Valley East to take on the Valley East Voyageurs and the Muskoka Hornets.