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
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 Spears, Phil Smith, Jesse Michel, Kevin Haley and Aaron Pinsoneault were honored for PS in the
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.