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Green Sox Get Gold at Fall Kickoff Tournament

The Green Sox 13U (pictured above) from Greenville, South Carolina, won its first 60/90 tournament this past weekend at the USSSA Fall Kickoff by going 5-0 overall and outscoring opponents by a combined 51-13. This was their initial crack at playing on diamonds with 90 foot base paths and a 60’ 6” pitching mound - it seemed like they adjusted quite nicely.

Last season for Manager AB Young, the 12 AAA version of this squad participated in eight USSSA tournaments throughout the year, and won five. They compiled an excellent 22-7 overall record, including a 9-2 In Class mark and Super NIT title. They are off to another fast start this “2019” fall season.

Twelve total teams comprised this 13-Open division, all of which except for one (Georgia) were from the host- state. Each squad played a two game pool play schedule before the top 8 were seeded into a single elimination Gold Bracket to determine a champion.

The Green Sox narrowly escaped a feisty LE Gray Hawks (AA) team in the first pool game, 11-10. Harper Tollison (1.2 IP), Tyler Bolemon (1.1 IP) and Henry Dryden (3 IP) combined to do just enough on the mound to ensure a victory. In their next game against another AA classified team, the PVBC Patriots, the Sox won in a rout. They only needed to use one pitcher, Noah Hutcherson, for three innings as the 17-0 game ended in a mercy rule.

Based on their record and average runs allowed, the Green Sox claimed the fourth overall seed at the conclusion of pool play. The three teams ahead of them (Gator Baseball, Battling Bulldogs and Carolina Rockies) were also 2-0 and owned a slightly better runs allowed mark.

The Green Sox matched up against G&B 13U in the first elimination game and shut them out 4-0. Player of the game honors went to Walker Coleman who started on the mound and went the complete distance – 5 innings to earn the win. His performance propelled the team to a semifinal matchup versus Gator Baseball – the top seed. Gator Baseball dispatched of the Patriots 9-1 and looked to be a formidable opponent.

The Sox however would roll the Gators 9-3 as Hutcherson led the way on the bump – throwing four strong innings before Harper Hollison closed the game out. This result set up a championship game contest against the Battling Bulldogs from Florence, South Carolina.

This game proved to be less of a struggle than anticipated against the second overall seed as the Gators won 10-0 to hoist their first trophy of the new season.


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