Bantam Sox finish local tourney 3-1Sunday, July 01, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
It’s not often you can finish a tournament with a 3-1 record and not at least come away with a second place finish but the Elks 341 Bantam Black Sox did exactly that over the weekend in the 7th Annual Black Sox Invitational.
After run differential forced the Black Sox into the consolation game instead of a semi-final, the Black Sox ended the tournament with an 11-8 win over the Hartland Gold.
In what became a bit of a trend in the tournament, the Black Sox fell behind early and trailed 7-2 before scoring four runs in fifth inning to cut the lead to tie the game at seven and then proceeded to tack on two more in the sixth inning to take the lead.
In the sixth, Ronnie Sayers tied the game with a double that also advanced Beau Nolan to third. Nolan then scored on a wild pitch to give the locals the lead. Hartland tied the game in the bottom of the inning but the Black Sox took the lead for good in the top of the seventh and held on for the victory.
Connor Henderson had a pair of hits and a walk for the Black Sox in the win while Jamis McMaster had a pair of walks. Michael Wilson and Liam Riley added doubles for the locals.
The Taylor Rays took home the championship with a 9-0 win over the Thunder Bay Lakers in the final. The Rays used an 11-1 win over the Lansing Moose in the semi-final to advance while Thunder Bay needed extra innings to beat the Cincinnati Tribe 11-10. The Tribe coaching staff featured former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Williamson. Williamson spent nine seasons in the Majors and was named the National League rookie of the year in 1999.