Portage South Has a Second Member Honored by the GABHOF
Yelinek continued playing 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 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.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 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 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.
PS Team Awards Announced
With the 2015 season now over, the Portage South Black Squirrels announce the annual team
awards. The PS MVP was presented to Ron
Spears. Spears had 29 hits, 15 runs
scored, 6 doubles and drove in 25 runs. He also led the team in hitting with a .354 average to secure
the Stan Musial Batting Title. The PS Cy Young was a tough selection this season, but Mike
Darrah took home the hardware. Darrah was 3-1 with a 0.74 ERA. He had 55 strikeouts and only 4 walks in
38 innings on the mound. The fourth and final award given
out is known as "The Herb". The 2015 Herb went to Brady Haba.
Tough Finish in the League Tournament for PS
Portage South entered the league tournament as the #3 seed and would host the Ohio Eagles.
PS was able to hold the Eagles for a 3-1 win and advance to the second round. In the second round, the Black Squirrels
would face the #2 seed, South Akron Kraken. The Kraken won the game 3-1 and forced Portage South in the consolation
bracket. PS would face the strong offensive of the Akron Aces. The Black Squirrels bats were up to the test and
had an answer for all the Aces big innings. They got the win 14-13. Next up for the Squirrels was the Ohio Gamecocks.
This game was an instant classic with the game going 14 innings at 2 different fields. In a heroic effort, Mike Darrah
threw all 14 innings for PS. Unfortunately he took the 4-3 loss and Portage South would end its season a 16-10 record.
Portage South Came Back with a Strong 2015 Season
The Portage South Black Squirrels 2015 season had a solid start, winning 9 of their first
12 games with rain pushing most of the games to the final month of the season. PS finished 5-5 in the final 10 games,
but 9 of them were played in 8 days, to finish in 3rd place of the Elite Division. There were some strong individual
performances in 2015 by the Black Squirrels. Eric Schaffer threw, a career best, 45 innings with a 5-3 record and 40
strikeouts. Ron Spears led the offense hitting .382 with 26 hits, 6 doubles and 23 RBIs in 22 regular season games while
only committing 2 errors on defense. Rookie, Brady Haba, hit .328 with 19 hits and 19 stolen bases in his first season
in a PS uniform.