Both champions of the Henry County Youth Baseball League this season lost their first game in the season-ending tournament before rolling off consecutive wins, including two over the same team in the finals, to win from the loser’s bracket.
The Angels won the Major League Division for their first title in six years, dating back to 2005, while the Campbellsburg White Sox won the Minor League Division for their third win in four seasons. New Castle hosted the Major League tournament for 11- and 12-year-old players, and Pleasureville hosted the Minor League for 8-, 9- and 10-year-old players. Both tourneys were finished within the last two weeks.
In Major League action, the Angels peaked at the right time after finishing second in the regular season, the annual Spring Fling Tournament and dropping their first game in the all-important tournament. The Mets won the season and Spring Fling titles, and the Reds beat the Angels in the first round of the tourney.
But the Angels beat the Rockies, the Mets and the Reds twice to win the championship. They beat the Reds, 6-1 and 5-3, on June 17.
“It was kind of a surprise because we lost that first game,” Angels coach Delbert Miskell said. “The Mets were picked as the top team to win it so I was happy with the way the season ended up for us.”
Andrew Emderton batted over .700 for the Angels this season, while Tanner Miskell hit over .600. Those were the top-two hitters on the squad. Coach Miskell also said he got some good pitching from Cameron Sanders, Amberton and Raisor Goddord during the tournament.
Meanwhile, the White Sox won the Minor League Division for their third championship in four years. They won in 2008 and 2009, and the Red Sox won last year. Eric Edens has been the coach of the White Sox the previous four years, winning all three of those titles.
“My boys did really well this year. I’m proud of them,” Edens said. “We had a bunch of great kids, great parents and we couldn’t have done it without them. I will say all of the players did well, from top to bottom.”
The White Sox lost two games this season — once to the New Castle Tigers in the regular season and again to the Tigers in the tournament.
The White Sox received a bye in the opening round before losing to the Tigers. They then beat the Pleasureville Bulldogs, the New Castle Yankees and the Tigers twice to win the championship. They won in the final game, 14-2.
The White Sox also the the regular season and the Spring Fling.
“I had faith in my boys,” Edens said. “They got down early, got in a little hole (by going to the loser’s bracket with the loss to the Tigers), but they managed to come back through, keep their heads up and battle in the tournament. I will say all of our players improved so much this year.”
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