12U Baysox Making a Name for Themselves In Southern Florida
The newly formed 12-year-old Baysox from Tampa Florida are off to a roaring start to the 2013 season, winning their second tournament in a row at the C FL Showdown VIII. Gathering members from the Bullets Gold, Tampa Titans, South Brandon Hornets, and more, the Baysox look as tough as anyone in that southern Florida region. This weekend was no exception.
In another dominant offensive showing, the Baysox averaged 11.4 runs per game, only once scoring less than 10 runs once, a 5-4 win over the Collier Cougars in their first game of bracket play.
That tough “grind-it-out” victory might have been just what the Sox needed to keep from getting complacent, because following the game against the Cougars, they went on to score 25 runs in two games and win the title. The semi-final game against the South Brandon Hornets was a slugfest with 24 total runs scored, but the Baysox were on the right end of that one, winning 15-9 to face the Orlando Tigers in the Championship.
Coming into the championship both teams were 4-0 with over 40 runs scored and less than 20 allowed, as it promised to be a good match-up. The Sox though, continuing to swing a hot bat, sent ten runs across the plate, and in fitting fashion came away victorious.
Utilizing seven different pitchers this weekend the Sox combining to allow just 21 runs, led by Bobby Turkett, Matthew Allan, and Garrett Richardson. Turkett was the winning pitcher in the game over the Cougars, with one-inning of relief from Richardson.
The Sox are currently 7-0 and regarded as the No. 2 team according to the USSSA power ratings, behind only Team MVP, another south Florida powerhouse.