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2011 Greater Akron AA Champs

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2014 NEO Wood Bat Classic Champions

2014 NEO Wood Bat Classic Champions

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2015 Greater Akron Baseball

Hall of Fame Inductee:

 Kevin Yelinek

Kevin Yelinek

NEO Roy Hobbs Baseball

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American Amateur Baseball Congress

National Amateur Baseball Federation

Portage South Black Squirrels - 2014 Wood Bat Classic Champions

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Portage South Has a Second Member Honored by the GABHOF

Kevin YelinekYelinek 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.

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