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Welcome to the 21st season of Portage South Baseball -- Portage South Black Squirrels to play in Rochester Labor Day Tournament

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Portage South Finishes Third in Tournament

The Black Squirrels would face the Ohio Gamecocks for the chance to get to the Championship and a rematch with Nordonia for the League title.  The Gamecocks would score a run in the first inning and that would be all the scoring in the game as both pitchers shut down the offenses.  PS would have a few chances to score, but were unable to get a run across and lost 1-0.  Mike Darrah threw 6 innings, striking out five and allowing just the one run in the loss.  Joe Watts was 2-3 with a 2B to lead the Portage South offense.  Jimmy Jamieson also had 2 hits for PS. 

Tough Loss for Portage South in League Tournament

Portage South would play Nordonia Renegades for a spot in the League Championship game.  Nordonia got out to a 1-0 lead in the first.  PS would tie the game in the top of the third when Mike Darrah reached on a error.  Ron Spears would follow with a walk and Phil Smith would single to score Darrah.  The Renegades took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning with a run, making it 2-1.  Nordonia would add 3 more runs in the fifth and lead 5-1.  Portage South would threaten, but not score again and lost.  Smith led the offense with a hit and RBI.

Black Squirrels Advance to Winner's Bracket Finals

The Portage South Black Squirrels would face the South Akron Kraken in the second round of the tournament Monday night.  PS got on the board early with 3 runs in the top of the first inning.  Mike Darrah walked to lead off the game and moved to third on a single by Ron Spears.  Darrah would score on Phil Smith's fielder's choice.  Jimmy Jamieson singled home Smith.  Mike Haney followed with a double to score Jamieson.  The Kraken got a run back in the bottom half of the inning to make it 3-1.  In the second inning, Portage South would get 3 more runs to push the lead out to five.  Kevin Yelinek would walk to leadoff the inning.  Darrah would reach on an error then Smith would single home both Yelinek and Darrah.  Smith would steal second and score on a single by Haney.  Darrah would homer in the sixth to make it a 7-1 ballgame.  South Akron would get 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-3.  PS would add 2 insurance runs in the seventh.  Jesse Michel would double and move to third on a Jason Preising single.  Danny Campfield's sac fly would plate Michel.  Joe Watts would walk, followed by a single by Darrah to load the bases.  Spears would receive a bases loaded walk to bring home the final run for Portage South.  The Kraken added 2 more runs in the seventh, but PS held on to win 9-5 and advance to the winner's bracket final on Thursday. Kevin Haley went 6 2/3 innings on the mound for the win, striking out 9 batters.  Darrah went 3-4 with 3 runs, a 2B and a HR to lead the Black Squirrel offense.  Haney, Michel and Preising also had 2 hits each.

Portage South Wins Tournament Opener

Portage South Black Squirrels faced the tournament's #1 seed in their first playoff game.  The Ohio Gamecocks got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  PS would come back with a 6-run second inning to grab the lead.  Jimmy Jamieson would single to start the inning.  He was followed by a walk to Danny Campfield and a single by Jesse Michel to load the bases.  Joe Watts would single home Jamieson to tie the game.  Justin Nelson's bases loaded walk would give Portage South the lead.  The big blow in the inning came off the bat of Phil Smith, who hit a grand slam to make it 6-1.  PS would add another run in the fourth inning.  Brady Haba would reach on an error, steal second and eventually score on sacrifice fly by Ron Spears.  The Black Squirrels scored a run in the seventh on a homerun by Mike Darrah and win the game 8-1.  Nic Carucci went all 7 innings on the mound for the win, allowing just 1 run and 4 hits while striking out nine.  Smith led the offense, going 2-4 with a homerun and 4 RBI.  Jamieson also had 2 hits for PS.

Portage South Preparing for League Tournament After Tough Regular Season

After dropping the season opener to the Ohio Gamecocks, Portage South won 3 straight.  They had wins over the Ohio Gamecocks, Bomb Squad and South Akron Kraken.  Then PS had a stretch of 3 straight losses before going 3-1 in their next four games.  The Black Squirrels were able to get another win against the South Akron Kraken, split a doubleheader with the West Akron Blaze and beat the Akron Alpacas.  Portage South went 4-4 in July and finished the regular season with a 10-13 record.  In July, PS would sweep the West Akron Blaze in a doubleheader and pick up wins over the South Akron Kraken and the Ohio Gamecocks.  The Black Squirrels look to make a run in League Tournament and finish the season strong once again. 

Portage South Wins NABA Labor Day Tournament in Rochester, NY
Portage South Black Squirrels traveled to Rochester, New York for a 3-day tournament over Labor Day weekend. PS would play in 5 games over the the 3 days and go 4-1 in that span to win the tournament.  In the first game, Portage South would face the Flour City Doughboys.  PS would get 2 runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead.  The Doughboys would come back with 2 of their own in th second inning to tie the game.  Portage South would get 2 more runs in the third to take the lead for good.  Mike Haney doubled home Ty Moorhead and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Preising.  The Black Squirrels would tack on 4 more runs in the fourth to push the lead to 8-2.  Alonzo Spears singled and scored on a Jesse Michel double.  Michel would score on the Ron Spears sac fly.  Phil Smith and Moorhead would both walk, then Danny Campfield double home both of them.  PS would go on to win the first game 12-4.  Kevin Haley went all 7 innings on the mound for the win.  Spears led the offense going 2-4 with a 2B, 3B and 2 RBI.
 
In the second game, Portage South would face the Rochester Cardinals.  PS again got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  Jesse Michel singled and scored on a Phil Smith single.  The Cardinals would get 2 runs in the third to grab the lead.  They added a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to go up 4-1.  PS would get 2 runs in the seventh to get within a run at 4-3.  Ty Moorhead's triple scored Ron Spears and Smith.  Portage South would get 2 more runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead and held on for a 5-4 win.  John Ventura threw the final 1 2/3 innings for the win.  Moorhead went 2-5 with a 3B and 2 RBI to lead the Black Squirrel offense.
 
Portage South faced the Rochester Bulldogs in the next game of the tournament.  PS again scored first with a run in the top of the first inning.  Ron Spears doubled and scored on the Mike Haney single.  The Bulldogs came back with 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.  Portage South would tie the game in the third when Spears tripled and scored on a Ty Moorhead sac fly.  In the fourth inning, the Bulldogs scored 2 more runs to go up 4-2.  The Black Squirrels tallied 6 runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead 8-4.  Alonzo Spears walked and scored on a Jesse Michel homerun.  Then Spears and Phil Smith would single, followed by a walk drawn by Danny Campfield to load the bases.  Haney would double home Spears and Smith.  Campfield would score on a Justin Nelson single and Haney was able to advance and score on the throw.  PS got 2 runs in the seventh and Bulldogs rallied with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning, but that would be as close as they would get as Portage South would win 10-7.  Moorhead went all 9 innings on the mound for the win.
 
In game 4 of the tournament, Portage South would play the Rochester Devils.  The Devils got out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.  PS would come back with 2 runs in the top of the second to pull within one at 3-2.  The Devils would extend the lead with 2 runs in the third and 4 more in the fourth to lead 9-3.  Portage South would get 3 runs in the fifth to get within three runs, but the Devils pulled away for a 13-8 victory.  Jason Preising led the offense going 2-3 with a 2B and a RBI.  Ron Spears also added 2 hits for the Black Squirrels. 
 
Portage South would earn a spot in the championship game of the tournament with the 3-1 pool record and would face the Rochester Bulldogs for the second time.  The Bulldogs got a run across in the first inning and then another run in the top of the sixth.  PS would finally get on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a 5-run outburst.  Alonzo Spears started the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Jesse Michel.  Ron Spears would load the bases with a single, then Phil Smith would hit a double to score Alonzo Spears and Michel.  Danny Campfield would follow with a double that scored Ron Spears and Smith.  Mike Haney's single scored Campfield to round out the scoring the inning.  The Black Squirrels would get 2 more runs in the eighth inning to put the game away.  Justin Nelson doubled home Smith, who had reached on an error.  Jason Preising would single to score Nelson.  Nic Carucci threw all 9 innings in the complete game victory, striking out 7 and not walking a batter.  Kevin Haley led the way for the PS offense with 2 hits.  Smith and Campfield each had a 2B and 2 RBIs.

PS vs. Flour City Doughboys - Box Score

PS vs. Rochester Cardinals - Box Score

PS vs. Rochester Bulldogs - Box Score

PS vs. Rochester Devils - Box Score

PS vs. Rochester Bulldogs - Box Score

Five Black Squirrels Named All Hobbs Team
The Roy Hobbs/Greater Akron AA League Awards were announced and 5 Black Squirrels were named to the All-League team.  This year the team was selected by the Awards Committee.  24 players were selected for each division, American and National.  Ron SpearsPhil Smith, Jesse MichelKevin Haley and Aaron Pinsoneault were honored for PS in the 2016 season.

PS Team Awards Announced for 2016
With the 2016 season now over, the Portage South Black Squirrels announce the annual team awards.  The PS MVP was presented to Phil Smith.  Spears had 30 hits, 31 runs scored, 12 doubles, 7 HRs and drove in 33 runs.  His .390 average was second on the team only to Ron Spears, who secured his second consecutive Stan Musial Batting Title.  The PS Cy Young was a tough selection this season, but Aaron Pinsoneault took home the hardware.  Pins was 6-2 with a 2.73 ERA.  He had 68 strikeouts in 48 innings on the mound. The fourth and final award given out is known as "The Herb".  The 2016 Herb went to Jason Preising. 

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