Campbellsburg White Sox claim HCYBL title

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By Tommie Kendall

The Campbellsburg White Sox picked a good time to peak as they swept through the Henry County Youth Baseball Leagues 8-10 division with a perfect 4-0 record in the double-elimination tournament, ending with a 17-7 win over the Pleasureville Bulldogs last Monday night at Pleasureville's field.

While the Nationals and Renegades were having a double-header showdown in the older 11-12 division at New Castle's field, which saw the Nationals come from the losers bracket to upset the Renegades, the White Sox wasted no time in putting away the Bulldogs eight miles up the road between the younger guys. The White Sox went ahead early and never looked back, ending the game with the 10-run rule after five innings of play.

We were a good team all year, we just lost a few close games, said Campbellsburg coach Travis Robbins, who took over the youth program this season. We only lost by a combined seven runs in our three losses. Our goal was definitely to win the tournament.

The 8-10 division has three teams from Campbellsburg, two from New Castle and one from Pleasureville. The White Sox went 13-3 during the regular season to finish second place to the New Castle Tigers, and lost to the Tigers in the championship game of the annual Spring Fling Tournament as well. But they revenged those earlier-season losses with the tournament title.

In postseason action, the White Sox defeated the Campbellsburg Cubs (13-3), the Bulldogs (16-11), the Tigers (12-4) and the Bulldogs again in the finals. They outscored their opponents 58-25 during the four-game stretch.

In the championship, the White Sox, who were visitors based on a pre-game coin toss, were ahead 6-0 after the first inning, then cruised in for the comfortable 17-7 victory.

The key player for the White Sox during the tournament was Bodie Clark, Robbins said. Clark got the win from the pitchers mound both times the White Sox faced the Bulldogs in the tournament, and also provided a strong bat at the plate and solid catching games when not pitching. Besides Clark, Tyler Robbins earned the win over the Cubs and Blake Prather earned the win over the Tigers.

I think we had an all-around good team this year, Robbins said. We had good pitching, hitting and defense.

Last year, the team won just two games and lost its first two games in the season-ending tournament. But this year, the White Sox returned most of those same players and turned the corner to become the best team in the league.

Our kids were really happy, said Robbins, who wants to thank Pleasureville for putting on a good tournament. I think maturity is the reason why we were able to play so well this year. It was a very good year for us.

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