Portage South Loses in the League Tournament Semifinal
Portage South would play the Ohio Eagles in the first round of the league tournament.
PS scored 2 runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Jesse Michel would lead off with a single.
Phil Smith and Ron Spears would each single to load the bases. Jimmy
Jamieson would single to score Michel and Smith. The Black Squirrels would get 4 more runs in the second inning
to increase the lead to 6-0. Kevin Yelinek and Brady Haba would both single with one
out. Michel would then single to left and a misplay by the left fielder allowed Yelinek and Haba to score.
Smith and Spears would both walk to load the bases and Jamieson would reach on an error by the third baseman to
score Michel and Smith. Portage South would make it 8-0 with 2 runs in the fourth. Spears would start the inning
with a single, followed by a Jamieson walk. After Jason Preising walked to load the bases, Yelinek
would hit a sac fly to score Spears. Haba would then score Jamieson with a single. The Eagles would get 3 runs
in the fifth and 2 more runs in the seventh to make it 8-5, but that was as close as it would get. Haba went 3-3 with
a run and RBI. Jamieson was 2-3 with 2 RBI. Aaron Pinsoneault would get his 6th win of
the season, going the distance on the mound.
Portage South would get a bye
to the Winner's Bracket Final against the Vukgripz Akron A's. This game between the top 2 teams in the Elite
Division went back and forth. It had to be played over 2 days with darkness and extra innings. The A's would strike
first with a run in the first inning. Then PS went on top with 2 runs in the third. Kevin
Yelinek would single and move to second on a Justin Nelson sac bunt. Mike Darrah
would single to make it first and third, then steal second. Phil Smith was intentionally walked to
load the bases, then Ron Spears would single home Yelinek and Darrah. The A's went back in the lead
with 2 runs in the fifth. PS would tie the game at 3-3 with a run in the fifth. Nelson was hit by a pitch,
moved to second on a Darrah single and scored on a Jesse Michel single. The Black Squirrels would take
the lead in the sixth. Jimmy Jamieson doubled start the inning. Alonso Spears,
who was pinch running for Jamieson, would score on a misplayed ball off the bat of Mike Haney. The
A's would get a run in the top of the seventh to tie it at 4-4 and the game would be suspended due to darkness. When
play resumed, the A's were able to get 4 runs in the ninth inning to win 8-4. Darrah was 3-4 with 2 SBs to lead the
offense and threw 7 innings on the mound for a no decision.
PS would then
face the Nordonia Renegades in the consolation final game with the winner going to the league championship game.
Nordonia got on top with 2 runs in the first inning. Portage South would cut the lead in half with a run in the second.
Danny Campfield would single, move to second on a passed ball and score on a Justin Nelson
single. Nordonia would get a run in the fifth and sixth to push the lead to 4-1. In the seventh, the Black Squirrels
would get 2 runs but came up short as the final out was made on a close play at the plate. Campfield
started the seventh with a homerun to right field. Nelson would reach on an error, then back-to-back walks to Kevin
Haley and Jesse Michel would load the bases. Alex McCue would single home one
run, but the second runner was thrown out at the plate and the game ended 4-3. Campfield was 2-3 with a HR and RBI.
PS vs Ohio Eagles - Box Score
PS vs. Vukgripz A's - Box Score
PS vs. Nordonia Renegades - Box Score
Black Squirrels are Regular Season Champs After DH Sweep
Portage South Black Squirrels needed to sweep the final doubleheader of the season to become
regular season. In game one, the PS offense took care of business. In the first inning, Jesse Michel
reached on a fielder's choice and Phil Smith followed with a single. Ron Spears
would double to score both runners and he would score on Jimmy Jamieson's double. Nordonia scored
a run in the 4th to make it 3-1, but Portage South got 3 more runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 6-1. Mike
Darrah and Michel would both single. Smith would follow with a 3-run homerun. PS got 6 more runs
in the 6th inning to win 12-1. Brady Haba and Kevin Yelinek singled with one
out. Justin Nelson would follow with a single that would score Haba. Darrah and Michel would
both walk, with Michel's walk plating Yelinek. Smith would then hit a grand slam. Smith was 3-4 with 2
HR, 3 runs and 7 RBIs. Spears was also 2-3 with a double and 2 RBIs for Portage South. Darrah allowed
3 hits and struck out 11 in a complete game win on the mound.
In game two,
PS would get on the board in the first inning on a solo homerun by Phil Smith. This
made 3 consecutive at-bats with a homerun for Smith. The Black Squirrels would plate 2 more runs in the second to increase
the lead to 3-0. Mike Darrah would single and steal second. Alonso Spears followed
with a walk and he stole second after Darrah had advance on a wild pitch. Lyndon Rainey was hit
by a pitch to load the bases and Jesse Michel would single home Darrah and Spears. Nordonia got a run
in the fifth inning to make it 3-1, but Portage South would push the lead out to 6-1 with 3 runs in the sixth.
Smith is hit by a pitch, followed by a Ron Spears single. Mike Haney would walk to
load the bases, then Brady Haba would walk to score Smith. After a FC cut down Ron Spears at the plate,
Alonso Spears would single home Haney and Rainey would walk to score Haba. The Renegades would get two runs in
the seventh, but Portage South would win 6-3 to become the outright regular season league champions. Smith
went 2-3 with a HR and 2 runs. Alonso Spears was 1-2 with a RBI and stolen base. Aaron Pinsoneault
went 5 innings on the mound with 8 strikeouts for his 6th win of the season.
PS vs. Nordonia Renegades - Game 1 Box Score
PS vs. Nordonia Renegades - Game 2 Box Score
Black Squirrels Bounce Back with a Sweep of the Ohio Eagles
After dropping 3 straight games, Portage South faced the Ohio Eagles in a doubleheader.
The first game had PS get 2 runs in the top of the first inning. Jimmy Jamieson led off the game with
a double. He would score on Phil Smith's single. Danny Campfield's single would
bring Smith around to score. The Eagles got a run back in the second, but the Squirrels scored 2 more runs in the third
to push the lead to 4-1. Jesse Michel and Smith would both walk with one out. After a double
steal got both runners into scoring position, Ron Spears hit a sacrifice fly to score Michel. Campfield
would follow with a single to plate Smith. The Eagles would get a run in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the lead
to 4-3. PS tacked on 2 runs in the seventh to win 6-3. A 2-run single by Spears would score Michel and Smith.
Garrett Mennenga would throw 5 innings for the win, allowing just 2 earned runs and striking out 3.
Michael Poole threw 2 scoreless innings to pick up the save. Campfield had 2 hits and 2 RBI to lead
the offense. Spears also drove in 3 runs for Portage South.
had the Black Squirrel offense get started early with a 5 run first inning. Jesse Michel would double
with one out. After a Phil Smith walk, Ron Spears would double home both runners.
Danny Campfield and Jimmy Jamieson would each walk to load the bases. Alex
McCue would single home Spears and Alonzo Spears, who was pinch running for Campfield and Kevin
Haley's single scored Jamieson. The Eagles would get a run in the fourth and fifth inning to make it a 5-2
game, then PS would push it back to a 5-run lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth. Smith would hit a ball that
nestled in the tree in left field for a homerun. Spears would single and score on a sac fly by McCue. Portage
South would get another run in the sixth when Mike Darrah doubled and scored on Smith's sacrifice fly.
The Eagles picked up a run in the seventh to make it an 8-3 final. Darrah threw seven innings for the win on the mound,
striking out 10. Ron Spears would go 3-4 to lead the offense with a double and 2 RBI.
PS vs. Ohio Eagles - Game 1 Box Score
PS vs. Ohio Eagles - Game 2 Box Score
Portage South Dropped Both in a Doubleheader with the A's
Coming off their first shutout loss, Portage South continued its struggles on offense in a
doubleheader with the Vukgripz A's. In game one, neither would score until the fourth when the A's pushed a run across.
PS answered in the bottom of the fourth with a run of their own. Phil Smith would double and score
on Danny Campfield's sacrifice fly. The A's broke the 1-1 tie with a run in the sixth inning and 3
more in the seventh to win 5-1. Smith would lead the Squirrels, going 2-2 with 2 doubles.
In the second one, the A's got a run in the first and 6 runs in the second to get out to a 7-0 lead. Portage
South would score a run in the bottom of the second when Danny Campfield singled and came around to score
on an RBI groundout by Kevin Haley. After a run in the fourth by the A's made it 8-1, PS would get
a run back in the fifth. Haley would walk to start the inning. Brady Haba and Jesse Michel
would follow with a single each to load the bases. Haley would score on a Phil Smith sacrifice fly.
This would be the final score of the game as the A's swept with an 8-2 win. Michel and Campfield were both 2-3 for the
PS vs. Vukgripz A's - Game 1 Box Score
PS vs. Vukgripz A's - Game 2 Box Score
PS Offense Cooled in 3-0 Loss
Portage South came in with the offense clicking well to face the Ohio Gamecocks. The
Gamecocks would scored 3 runs in the top of the first inning and that would be all the scoring needed as they shut out the
Portage South Black Squirrels, 3-0. Danny Campfield led the Portage South offense with 2 singles.
Eric Schaffer allowed only 1 earned run and struck out 5 in the complete game loss.
PS vs. Ohio Gamecocks - Box Score
Portage South Splits Doubleheader
Portage South faced South Akron Kraken in a doubleheader for the second time this season.
In game one, the Kraken got on the board first with 3 runs in the first inning. PS came back in the third with a run
to cut the lead to 3-1. Justin Nelson walked and scored on a Jesse Michel double.
The Black Squirrels would pick up another in the fourth, but South Akron got a run of their own in the bottom half of the
fourth and 2 more runs in the fifth to win 6-2.
In the second game, the
Kraken would get out to a lead again with a 2-run second inning, but Portage South offense would wake up. In the bottom
of the second, PS would tie the game at 2-2. Danny Campfield would double and Mike Haney
would follow with a 2-run homerun. The Squirrels would add to the lead in the third with 3 more runs. Jimmy
Jamieson would single. He would score on a Phil Smith homerun. Campfield would single
with 2 outs and was plated on Haney's double. Portage South put the game away with a 6-run fifth inning. Jamieson
and Smith would each single to start the inning. Ron Spears would single home Jamieson. Campfield's
double scored Smith. After Haney was intentionally walk to load the bases, Jason Preising would double
home Spears and Campfield. Jesse Michel rounded out the scoring with a single that plated Haney and
Preising. PS tacked on one more run in the sixth to win 12-2. Smith and Campfield were both 3-4, with Smith having
a 2B and HR and Campfield adding 2 doubles. Haney was 2-2 with a double, HR and 3 RBI. Aaron Pinsoneault
went the distance on the mound to improve to 4-0 on the season.
PS vs. South Akron Kraken - Game 1 Box Score
PS vs. South Akron Kraken - Game 2 Box Score
Portage South Edges Out Vukgripz A's for 3-2 Victory
Portage South met up with the Vukgripz Akron A's for the second time of the season on Wednesday
night. The A's got out to the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. PS would come back with
2 runs in the second inning to go up 2-1. Justin Nelson would walk followed by a single by Jason
Preising. After a double steal moved the runners to second and third, Kevin Yelinek would
get an infield single to score Nelson. Phil Smith would score Preising on a hard hit ball that was
mishandled by the shortstop. The Black Squirrels would get another run in the third to increase the lead to 3-1. Portage
South would load the bases without a hit as they took advantage of 2 hit batsmen and a walk. Then a Nelson sacrifice
fly would score Danny Campfield who was hit by a pitch to reach base. The A's would score on more run
in the fourth to close the gap to 3-2, but that was as close as they would get as PS held on for the 3-2 win. Kevin
Haley threw all 7 innings for the victory, allowing just 1 earned run and 3 hits while striking out 5 batters.
PS vs. Vukgripz Akron A's - Box Score
Portage South Improves to 12-1 with Win Over Gamecocks
The Portage South Black Squirrels got down 2-0 in the first inning and had to find a way to
battle back. PS used a 5-run fourth inning to grab the lead. Mike Haney started the inning with
a single. Alex McCue would reach on a fielder's choice and Danny Campfield would drive
both runners home with a double. Jason Preising would walk, followed by a Kevin Haley
single to load the bases. Phil Smith would then double and clear the bases. The Gamecocks would
claw back into the game with a run in the fifth and 2 more in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5-5. In the seventh,
Portage South would get a lead off double by Brady Haba. Then Jesse Michel would single.
Michel stole second and drew an errant throw that allowed Haba to score. Ron Spears would then
single to score Michel. PS got their final run of the inning on another Campfield double to win 8-5. Haley would
throw a scoreless seventh for the save. Eric Schaffer started and went 6 innings to pick up his 4th
win of the season. Campfield went 2-3 with 2 2Bs and 3 RBIs to lead the offense.
PS vs. Ohio Gamecocks - Box Score