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Sox Teams Invade Baton Rouge

A couple of 14U Sox teams were in action this weekend, with 14U Prime playing in the 2D Sports 14U Major team series and the 14U Elite competing in USSSA Make a Wish Foundation Classic NIT. Both teams won their way to the Championship Game on Sunday, with Prime winning and Elite the runner up.

2D 14U Series Champions - Baton Rouge

Sox Prime won both Pool games, dispatching the Pack 12-3 on Saturday afternoon before hanging on to a tough one against Louisiana Wahoo 7-5 later in the day. They made easy work of the Louisiana All Stars in the semi-finals before taking on the Pack again in the Championship. The Pack struck with 3 runs in the 3rd to take a lead over Prime, and again in the 5th to take a 4-4 lead. The bottom of the 5th proved to be the difference. Taking advantage of a lead off walk to Carter Davis and single by Duncan Mathews to put the go-ahead runner on base, Jackson Evers pushed Prime into the lead with a 2 out double on a 3-2 count, scoring Davis and Kaleb Lipscomb who was a courtesy runner for Mathews. Cole Manuel added an insurance run with another hit, scoring Evers and giving Prime a 6-4 lead. They added another 3 runs in bottom of the 6th to take a commanding lead, winning the Championship 9-4.

Notes: Five Sox players batted .500 or better in the tournament, with Doby Bartling leading the way at .667 and .800 OBP; Cole Manuel 7-11 (.636); Owen Ishee 5-8 (.625); Kaleb Lipscomb 6-10 (.600); Jackson Evers 6-12 (.500). Team combined for 10 doubles and a triple from Trey Adams. Cole Manuel pitched 4.2 innings, striking our 7 batters; Drew Lamb pitched 4 innings, with 5 strikeouts and 0 earned runs; Team ERA for the weekend was 1.27.

USSSA Make a Wish Foundation NIT Runner Up - Baton Rouge

Sox Elite took the field for the first time this Spring, taking it to Championship Game on Sunday afternoon. The weekend kicked off with a tie game against the Capital City Cubs 5-5, before losing a battle with Evolve Baseball 5-2. They opened bracket play with an 8-0 shut out with the Louisiana Arsenal which saw Matthew Birdsong and Caleb Thompson combine for a no-hitter. They tossed 9 strikeouts without issuing a walk. 2 errors in the game allowed the only baserunners for the Sox defense. Facing the Louisiana Tigers in the semi-final game, the Sox struck with an 11 run attack, with 8 runs in the 3rd inning to put the game away with an 11-5 win to get to the final game. The Championship Game was a true match of the best teams in the tournament, with the first 5 innings scoreless and neither defense committing an error. Sox Elite had an opportunity to score in the top of the 3rd when they loaded the bases with a hit from Garrett Smith and consecutive walks issued by the Cage pitcher with one out before inducing a couple of pop ups to get out of the jam. The game ended in the bottom of the 6th, with Cage scoring a run on two hits before hitting a 2-run homer to end the game with a final score of 3-0.

Notes: Graham Busbea was 3-7 (.429); Dayne Sanford hit 5-13 (.385) with 2 doubles; JC Garrard hit 3-8 (.375) with a double. Matthew Birdsong pitched 7.0 innings, with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk, 2 hits and 0 earned runs; Graham Busbea pitched 6.0 innings, with 8 strikeouts, 2 hits and 0 earned runs. Caleb Thompson pitched 4.0 innings, with 5 strikeouts, 0 walks, 1 hit and 0 earned runs.

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