The Jackson Co. Black Sox 9U won their second tournament championship in week two of their season.  The “Frozen Rope” was played in Hamilton Township just south of Columbus.  The Sox would only have to win four games on the weekend due to getting a bye for being the #1 seed after pool play.  The Black Sox opened with the Mustangs from Hilliard.  Easton Large started the game on the mound, but after the Sox scored five runs in the 1st inning, Large was pulled to conserve innings.  Griffen Michael, Jake Gallagher, and Collin Landrum would come in relief and add quality innings to preserve a 16-4 win.  The Sox were led in hitting by Waylon Delong and Easton Large with two a piece.  The Sox would continue to hit well including a hard hit ball up the middle by Michael to score Braden Bobst.  

Pierce Kreischer would start game two against the Teays Valley Vikings Elite.  After two innings the Sox would have the game in hand as Kreischer pitched two shutout innings.  Cooper Marcum would relieve Pierce and also prove to be dominant as he pitched two shutout innings as well.  Kreischer would also lead the team in hits with three as the Sox made quick work of the Vikings and won the game 13-0.  Delong, Landrum, Marcum, and Large continue to swing the bats well adding key hits.  

As the Sox moved to Bracket play, they would face a legendary program in Ohio Elite.  Elite would prove to be a tough opponent, but the Sox were able to win the game by a score of 7-2.  Ace pitcher Easton Large would pitch all six innings.  Elite was the visiting team and came out swinging the bats.  With the lead off man on 2nd, Large was able to pick off the runner and get out of the inning with no runs scored while leaving two men on base. As the game progressed, Large got stronger.  He was supported defensively by outstanding glove work from Shortstop, Waylon Delong, and a great hustle play by Corbyn Smalley to field a ball in left field to prevent a run from scoring.  Offensively, the Sox would have six hits and Marcum would lead with two of them.  However, the Sox seemed to do all the little things to score during the game.  They would double steal with Marcum and Kreischer to score a run.  Michael stole 3rd with one out and a ground ball by Kruiz Kuhn would score that run. Jake Gallahger would also hit a ground ball to score Kreischer from 3rd with one out.  

In the Championship game, there was plenty of offense as the Black Sox would score 17 runs in a win over the Big Walnut Eagles.  Landrum started on the hill for the Sox and Delong closed it out.  They were both dominant in their performance.  The Eagles inability to throw strikes combined with a good hitting Sox team caused an early big lead.  Austin Towning would lead the hitters with two hits and also made an outstanding diving catch in the outfield. Delong, Landrum, Kreischer, Large, and Kuhn would also add to the hit total.  

The 9U Black Sox will be competing in the Nation’s Baseball State Championships this coming weekend in Newark, Ohio and the USSSA State Championships in Mason, Ohio the following week.  The Sox are committed to representing our community well at these two major events.

The 9U Sox would like to “Thank” their sponsors for making this possible: Bobst Auto Parts and Salvage, Southern Ohio Risk Management, Inc., Jones-Stephenson Insurance, Nea Henry of Appalachia Realty, Inc., Jackson Papa John’s, Charm Boutique, RD Blevins Auto Sales, EPR Roofing & Foam Systems, LLC, Mule Town Mini Mart, Cole Kirby & Associates, LLC, Seth Michael, Auctioneer, Mark Porter Auto Group, Donald Willis, County Commissioner, DBA Families for Willis, Nichol Willis, Treasurer, Wesbanco, Atomic Credit Union, #1 Buckeye Lawn and Landscapes, Jackson County Gear Grinders, and K and M Auto Sales.