Game Stories - Major 70
White Sox Major Champs over A's (June 14)
The undefeated Sox, led by ace Tom Mahoney, overpowered the field throughout the double elimination tournament and beat a determined Athletics team in a spirited contest.
The White Sox started with Harrison Burbine on the mound. He threw two and one third innings of close action. He finished with 1 hit, 2 runs and 3 K's before getting into a jam in the top of the 3rd. Jonathan Christmas took over and pitched through the 5th with strong relief.
The A's held tough early on. Starting pitcher Nick Penicaud threw 3 innings of 1 hit, 1 run and 2 K's. He was aided by some great fielding. Right fielder Jake Tempesta made a running stab on a short pop up NS 2nd baseman Justin Muse made a diving grab on a sure single to shallow right.
The White Sox scratched out a couple of runs in the bottom of the 4th when Jon Christmas walked and Tom Mahoney singled him in. Mahoney would score on the next play to make it 3 to 2 after four full innings.
The Athletics got the score even in the top of the 5th when the bases got loaded on walks. Reliever Julian Ragosa was brought in to help stop the rally and he responded with two K's to retire the side. The White Sox defense was solid with contributions from Nolan Gannon at second and Saugat Khanal in left. John Caputo, Mitchell Collins and Noah Seitz all contributed with big at bats and tough play.
The White Sox got it going again in the bottom of the 5th scoring runners Ryan Martin and Gannon.
With a slim, 2-run deficit to start the 6th the A's set out for a comeback. Closer Adam Fiorentino got two batters to whiff but walked two, putting two runners in scoring position. Slugger Oliver Fanton stepped up to the plate with the opportunity to knock in a couple and tie the game. However, on a 2-1 count Fanton launched a fly ball to right center where rookie right fielder Sam Christmas settled under it to make the final out.
The joy of winning was displayed with an eruption of screams, jumping, running and teammates dousing one another with shaken soda. SYBS congratulates the Majors 70 Champion White Sox and thanks to all the coaches, volunteers and supports who helped make this a great season!
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