Portage South Gets 400th Victory in Team History
Portage South came into their game against the Tallmadge Knights just one win shy of 400 all
times for the team. PS got on the board first in the contest with 3 runs in the top of the third. Phil
Smith started the inning with a double. Ron Spears would walk and Jimmy Jamieson
would single to score Smith. Spears scored on a sacrifice fly from Danny Campfield. The Knights
scored a run in the bottom half to make it 3-1. Portage South would extend the lead to 6-1 in the fourth inning. Jesse
Michel would walk and he would score on the Smith homerun. Spears would double and score on a wild pitch. PS
made it 8-1 in the fifth, but Tallmadge scored 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-5 and that is how the game
finished. Smith was 2-3 with a double and homerun. Jason Preising was also 2-4 with a RBI for
the Black Squirrels in his 200th game played. Aaron Pinsoneault picked up his 3rd win of the season,
allowing 1 run over the 4 innings pitched.
PS vs. Tallmadge Knights - Box Score
Portage South Sweeps South Akron Kraken
In game one of the doubleheader, the Kraken scored first with a run in each of the first three
innings. In the bottom of the third, PS would score 5 runs to take the lead. Michael Poole reached
on an error and scored on Mike Darrah homerun. Alex McCue would double home a run followed by a Jimmy Jamieson sacrifice fly and a Danny Campfield
RBI single to make it 5-3. Portage South would add a run in the fourth and then put the game away with a 5 run 5th.
McCue would walk to start the fifth and Jamieson would single. Alonzo Spears would move them
over with a sacrifice bunt then Justin Nelson would single and score them both. A double by Darrah
would plate 2 more runs. The Kraken would score 4 runs in the seventh, but fell short 11-7. Darrah was 2-3 with
a HR and 4 RBI. Garrett Mennenga threw the first four innings on the mound to pick up his first victory
with Portage South.
Game two had Portage South scoring early and often,
as they scored in each inning on their way to a 11-0 win. In the first, Mike Darrah and Jesse
Michel would single. Darrah would score on a Ron Spears single. Darrah scored in the
second on a Michel double. The Black Squirrels offense exploded in this with 20 hits and 11 runs. Jimmy
Jamieson was 4-5 with a double to lead the way for PS. Darrah was 3-5 with 4 runs scored. Michel went
3-3 with a 2B and RBI and Spears was 3-4 with 3 runs and a RBI. Eric Schaffer went 5 innings for the
win, allowing 0 runs, 6 hits and striking out 10 batters.
PS vs. South Akron Kraken - Game 1 Box Score
PS vs. South Akron Kraken - Game 2 Box Score
Jamieson's Walkoff Grand Slam Helps Complete the DH Sweep
Portage South entered the doubleheader with the Ohio Gamecocks with a one game leading in the
standings. In game one, PS was able to strike first with 3 runs in the first inning. Jesse Michel
singled, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Phil Smith followed with
a walk and stole second. Ron Spears walked to load the bases and Alex McCue singled
to score Michel. Jimmy Jamieson would also single to score Smith and Spears. The Gamecocks
would get a run back in the bottom half of the inning, but Portage South broke the game open with a 7-run fourth inning.
Michel had an RBI single, followed by a RBI double by Smith. Spears would then plate both of them with a single and
scored on a Mike Haney single. Justin Nelson would single to push 2 more runs across. They
added another run in the fifth to win by a final of 11-1. Aaron Pinsoneault threw all 5 innings in
the victory, allowing 1 run and striking out seven. Michel was 3-3 with a double, RBI and 2 SBs. Jamieson
and Nelson were each 2-3 with 2 RBI.
Game two was a very tight game
throughout. The Gamecocks would score a run in the top of the second and Portage South answered with a run in the bottom
half of the inning. Alex McCue would triple and score on a Danny Campfield sacrifice
fly. In the fourth inning, the Gamecocks would again score a run in the top half. PS was able to match again with
a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Ron Spears would single, move to second on a McCue walk,
steal third and score on a Jimmy Jamieson sac fly. It would remained tied into extra innings.
In the bottom of the tenth, Spears would double. The next two hitters would receive intentional walks to load the
bases. Jamieson then would hit a grand slam to left field for the walkoff victory and doubleheader sweep.
Mike Darrah threw a scoreless tenth for the win on the mound, he also was 3-3 at the plate with
a double. Jamie Ganz made his PS debut in relief, going 5.2 innings striking out 6 and allowing
just 1 hit. Jamieson was 1-4 with a HR and 5 RBI and Spears was 2-5 with a double for the Portage South offense.
PS vs. Ohio Gamecocks - Game 1 Box Score
PS vs. Ohio Gamecocks - Game 2 Box Score
Portage South Wins 5th Consecutive Game
The Portage South Black Squirrels have now opened the season with 5 straight victories after
their win over the Akron Buckeyes Thursday night, 7-1. PS scored the first run of the game in the second inning
when Alex McCue led off the inning with a triple and Jimmy Jamieson followed with a
single to score McCue. They would tack on another 3 runs in the fourth inning to make it 4-0. A bases loaded walk
to Jesse Michel scored the first run of the inning. Phil Smith would then double to
score 2 more runs. Portage South would get another run in the fifth and 2 more in the seventh on a 2-run single by Lyndon
Rainey. Eric Schaffer went the first 5 innings, holding the Buckeyes scoreless and allowing
1 hit while striking out six. Smith went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI in his first action of 2016.
PS vs. Akron Buckeyes - Box Score
Portage South Win Game 1 of DH, but Rain Washes Game 2
The Black Squirrels were able to score first in game one of a doubleheader with Vukgripz Akron
A's. In the top of the first inning, Brady Haba singled and moved to second on a walk to Jesse
Michel. Haba would score on a Alex McCue single. The A's would score a run in the bottom
of the first to tie the game and take a 4-1 lead with a 3-run second inning. PS was able to tie the game with a 3-run
inning of their own in the third. Michel would lead off the inning with a solo homerun. Ron Spears
and Jimmy Jamieson would get back-to-back singles, followed by a Danny Campfield walk to
load the bases. Jason Preising would score Spears and Jamieson with a single to make it 4-4. Portage
South was able to grab the lead with 2 runs in the fourth. Haba was hit by a pitch followed by a Michel double that
scored Haba. McCue would triple to plate Michel. The Black Squirrels would add to their lead with a 2-run homerun
by Preising and win 8-4. Kevin Haley came on in relief to pick up the win, holding the A's offense
scoreless over the final 5 innings. McCue was 3-4 with a triple and 2 RBI to lead the PS attack. Preising was
also 2-4 with a homerun and 4 RBI. Game two would be rained out.
PS vs. Vukgripz Akron A's - Box Score
PS Holds on for Victory Over Bomb Squad
Portage South wasted no time getting on the board against Bomb Squad with a run in the first
inning. Alex McCue's single scored Brady Haba, who had reached on an error to start
the inning. In the fourth, PS would score 6 runs to take a 7-0 lead. Ron Spears would double
and, after 2 straight walks, Justin Nelson would score Spears with a single. Portage South would get
2 more runs with a bases loaded walk to Steve Swiger and Haba followed by being hit by a pitch. Jesse
Michel would then hit a bases clearing double to round out the scoring. The Bomb Squad rallied in the 5th with
a 6-run inning of their own to get within a run at 7-6. McCue came in on the mound to shut down the rally and PS would
hold on to win 7-6. Michel led the offense, going 1-3 with a double and 3 RBI. Eric Schaffer
went 4-plus innings for the win. McCue held the Bomb Squad scoreless over the his 3 innings of work for the save.
PS vs. Bomb Squad - Box Score
Portage South Opens Season with DH Sweep
The Portage South Black Squirrels opened the 2016 season with a doubleheader against the Nordonia
Renegades at CVCA. PS scored first with 2 runs in the fourth inning. Ron Spears led the inning
off with a single followed by a Mike Haney double. Kevin Haley plated Spears with
a sacrifice and Haney scored on a Alex McCue single. Portage South would extend the lead with a 4-run
5 inning behind a McCue 2-run single. The Black Squirrels would tack on another run in the 6th inning and win game one,
7-0. Aaron Pinsoneault went the distance on the mound, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 14. McCue
was 2-3 with 3 RBI and 2 SB. Spears also was 2-3 with 2 runs and 1 RBI.
game two, Nordonia would get on the board in the second inning with a solo homerun. PS would grab the lead, momentarily,
with 2 runs in the top of the fourth inning. Jesse Michel started the inning off with a double and
was driven home on a sacrifice fly by Spears. McCue would have an RBI double that scored Danny Campfield,
who had walked to reach base. The Renegades would tie it in the bottom half of the inning. In the fifth inning,
Portage South broke the game open with 6 runs. PS was able to take advantage of some free passes and some timely hits
and led 8-2. Nordonia would get 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth, but that was as close as they would get. The
Black Squirrels added a run in the sixth on a Michel homerun and 3 runs in the seventh, including Jason Preising's
2-run HR in the inning. Kevin Haley threw 6 innings for the win. Michel went 4-5 with 2 doubles,
homerun, 3 runs and 2 RBI. Alonzo Spears was also 2-4 for Portage South.
PS vs. Nordonia Renegades - Game 1 Box Score
PS vs. Nordonia Renegades - Game 2 Box Score
Portage South Gets Its 3rd Rookie of the Year Winner
The Greater Akron AA Baseball/NEO Roy Hobbs recently released the league award winners
for 2015. Portage South's Brady Haba has received the Don Lombardi Award given to the league's
rookie of the year. Haba becomes the 3rd Black Squirrels to be honored. He joins current
teammate, Jimmy Jamieson (2007), and Jeff Speck (2008) as winners of the award. Haba hit .328 with 19 hits,
5 doubles, 19 runs and 20 stolen bases during the regular season.
Portage South Has a Second Member Honored by the GABHOF
What started as a fun thing to do with his
friends at school turned into a lifetime passion for the former Highland High School and University of Akron baseball standout,
Kevin Yelinek. Yelinek started his career in Hinckley Youth Baseball, and then moved into travel ball before
establishing himself as a standout in the Suburban League with the Highland Hornets. Yelinek was a first-team All-Suburban
League honoree and first-team All-Medina County honoree while leading the Hornets to the league title in 1989. Kevin spring
boarded his career to the University of Akron where he was a three-year letterman. He also played with Highland and Medina
teams in the summer in the Greater Akron AA League in 1990 and 1991.
Yelinek continued playing in the Akron AA League after playing at the University of Akron. He was
a league all-star in 1994 while playing for Hudson and then transitioned to the hometown Sharon Center Cox Painting team in
the NEO AAA League. He was named MVP of the NEO AAA League in 2003. He also began a longtime career in the NEO
Roy Hobbs League. He helped to lead the Colonels to the 28-over league championship in 2004 and 2005. The Colonels
posted a 35-1 record in the two-year span.
Yelinek played for the Akron
Knights from 2008 through 2014, helping the team win Veterans Division championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He
also was playing with Portage South in the Greater Akron AA League from 2010 through 2014 and was named team MVP in 2012.
Yelinek was an NEO AAA League All-Star in 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003. He also earned all-star status
in the Greater Akron AA League in 1994, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 when he was the runner-up in voting for
the George Sisler Award.