In the opening game for the Black Sox that had to be pushed back an hour due to the heavy rains overnight. The Black Sox played Tournament favorite Gladwin Post 171. Gladwin won 11-0 in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule. Gladwin pitcher Aubry had a strong game throwing a complete game 2 hitter, walking none and striking out 10 Black Sox hitters. In fact, Aubry struck out the first five batters he faced. He faced only two Black Sox over the minimum, with singles coming from Coty Anderson and Dominic Buonomo.
Black Sox pitchers were not able to match the Gladwin starter. Collin McAuley started on the mound and lasted two innings, giving up four runs, walking one and striking out one. Anderson came on in relief and struck out three over three relief innings.
In the final game of the evening, the Black Sox ran into another hot pitcher. Team North starting pitcher Joe Moher pitched seven innings, fanning four Black Sox and walking three. The only hit Moher game up was a pitch hit double in the seventh inning by McAuley. The only Black Sox run came in the first inning by Jeb Pallot on a sacrifice fly by from Eric Thornton.
Black Sox starting pitcher Scott Morphet matched the Team North starter pitch-for-pitch well into the sixth inning. Morphet only allowed two singles and struck out five Team North players. The only Team North runs came on a fielding error by the Black Sox in the sixth.
The Black Sox no longer hold their own fate in their own hands and will have to get help from other teams to play in the championship game.
Games resume tomorrow at 9 a.m. with Sudbury playing Team North, followed by the E.U.P. Travelers facing off against Gladwin Post at 11:30 a.m.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, the Travelers won both their games and have a 2-1 record. Gladwin is 3-0 and the Black Sox finished round robin play at 2-2.
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