Elks 341 Black Sox attend Stratford Baseball Tournament

Malcolm McGugan pitcher and Andrew Conrad,shortstop

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  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  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.