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as of October 25, 2006
NWAMSBL Runner Up
October 1st Playoffs Round 2
In the 18+ semi-finals:
White Sox 1 Brewers 4...The White Sox were coming off a previous week's emotional win over the Tahlequah Thunder and had hopes of making a run to capture a second title in three years . However, Rick Elliot stood firmly in their path by pitching a solid game striking out 10 White Sox batters surrendering only 3 hits and a walk. Phillip May of the White Sox was pitching a dandy of his own striking out 7 through 4 1/3 giving up only 3 hits as well. The two teams stayed knotted at a single run through 6 when White Sox reliever, Patrick Cawthon, surrendered three straight hits to load the bases. White Sox short stop, Lyndall Bolinger, turned an unassisted double-play, but the next Brewer batter roped a double to leave the score 4-1, Brewers.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
September 24th Playoffs Round 1
White Sox 14 Tahlequah Thunder 8
Admittedly, the White Sox were a little nervous going into this game. The Thunder swept the regular season double-header from the Sox and Tahlequah pitcher, Mark Taylor had shut down the Sox and was taking the hill again today. Taylor looked up to his form in the first inning striking out two and getting an easy ground ball. White Sox starter, Andy Crowson mirrored Taylor's feat by striking out two of his own and getting a pick off from catcher Andy Miller to make the first go by quick. To start the scoring, Andy Miller leads of the second inning with a home run over the center field fence. The Sox added three more in the inning. For the Thunder, Justin Ludwig started off the bottom of the second with a home run of his own. Crowson shut down the rest of the batters, though including a diving catch of a blooper to his right (Crowson is a lefty). The third inning became the undoing of the Thunder on this day. The White Sox rattled off 9 runs against a pair of Thunder relievers. Headed into the fifth, the Sox were up 14-4, but let the Thunder back into the game on a couple of errant throws by coach Boudreaux missing out on a key double play. Boudreaux settled down to help the Sox defense in the six and seventh to preserve the win 14-8. Andy Crowson earns the victory with 9Ks in 5 innings. Patrick Cawthon earned the save pitching well in the final two frames. Standouts at the plate were Miller (2-4 HR), John Michael Hairston (2-5 HR, 3RBI), Robert Foshe (2-3 2B). For Tahlequah, Justin Ledbetter went 3-4 with a home run and Parker Whitley was 2-4 with a double. Mark Taylor takes the loss despite only pitching two innings.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
Black Sox 0 White Sox 5
Braves 0 White Sox 17
The Fall weather is nearly upon us and things have cooled down enough to just about justify these black jerseys I have compelled my team to wear. Today was a story of White Sox pitching. Phillip May took the ball for the first game still nursing a pain in his elbow and a pulled groin. May could only muster 4 innings, but save for one walk, was pitching a perfect game with 7 strike outs. Veteran Andy Crowson came on to relieve and with 6 2/3 innings through gave up the only hit by a White Sox pitcher all day. May and Crowson combined for 12 strikeouts, 1 hit, 1 walk.
In game two, Patrick Cawthon took the mound all alone and pitched a no-hitter with 10 strike outs. Cawthon would have landed a perfect game had it not been for a misjudged grounder to Boudreaux at second for the error. Matt Boudreaux was seeing the ball best on the day going 4-5 and had a web-gem catch in left field. Andy Miller had a pair of doubles in the first game and roped a line drive home run in the second. Mike Lopez was 3-5 to come out of his slumber. --Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
White Sox 2 Brewers 12
Brewers 4 White Sox 0
On a day where the White Sox could only muster 8 players on the most critical weekend of the year, the results were predictable. The White Sox, having beat the mighty Brewers earlier in the season, were hoping for at least a split in the series this weekend. Minus 4 of 5 pitchers and three key position players, the Sox were doomed from the start. In game one, Andy Crowson pitched as long as he could before having to give way to stiffness. The Sox were having trouble hitting Rick Elliot anyway, but Crowson had given up seven and catcher/reliever Andy Miller, gave up another 5 before anyone knew what hit them. The Brewers mounted what must have been a record number of extra-base hits with 5 doubles in the third alone. In game two, first baseman, Dustin Wilson took the mound and pitched a real dandy only giving up a couple of hits. Once again, the Sox had trouble hitting the ball anywhere the Brewers were not. Pitcher Zac Clark was pitching well, but the Sox were serving up Sunday hops the whole game long to help him out. The Sox hope to bring the rest of their squad come playoff time.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox.
August 11-13th Arklahoma Shootout
White Sox 11 Black Sox 1
NEAMABL All Stars 2 White Sox 3
OKC Ameristars 11 White Sox 3
The White Sox entered the Arklahoma Shootout needing to see improvement on offense. Despite a third place overall finish, the White Sox gained some momentum going into the stretch run for the regular season. The White Sox defeated the Black Sox 11-1 in the opener and dropped the NEAMABL All Star team from Jonesboro, AR, 3-2 in a hard fought game. The White Sox dropped their third game to the eventual champions, the OKC Ameristars 11-3 whose solid hitting was too much for the tired Sox. Full report is here: http://www.nwamsbl.com/ArklahomaShootout06.htm
White Sox 5 Pirates 1
Pirates 8 White Sox 5
White Sox 11 Pirates 0
The recently departed Troy Flood to the Pirates deal put a damper on the White Sox first game. Tension was in the air as the thought of Flood quitting to join the Sox's next opponent had us riled a bit. Pirate ace Eric Smith had a great game to boot keeping the White Sox bats off their mark only giving up 5 hits and striking out 9. Sox pitcher, Tom Spaniol pitched a good game striking out 8, but walked 5 and gave up 8 clean hits. The Pirate batters were finding holes everywhere in big Veterans Park. Troy Flood was personally responsible for 3 of the Pirate runs with his sure bat.
Game two was clearly a tale of two different teams. White Sox pitcher, Patrick Cawthon pitched a dandy complete game shutout. Cawthon struck out 11 batters and gave up 3 meaningless hits and three walks issued by the umpire. The White Sox also took advantage of the Pirates lack of pitching depth and tore into their staff for 18 hits (Lopez 3-4, Taliaferro 2-3, Miller 3-3 (HR), S. Boudreaux 2-3, R. Foshe 4-4 w/4 RBI). The Pirate starter, Bruce might have been feeling the literal heat and was relieved after three innings by former White Sox, Troy Flood. Flood felt a little heat of his own despite a valiant effort giving up 6 straight hits including a towering home run by Andy Miller (who smartly used a metal bat this time). Flood started the 5th inning, but was relieved after a rope single by Robert Foshe and a hit batsman. Despite the record heat of roughly 105 degrees Fahrenheit, the White Sox committed no recorded defensive errors on the day. --Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
White Sox 6 Brewers 5
White Sox 4 Black Sox 1
The weather, thankfully, took a turn towards the cool this weekend. Down from 104 to about 90. That was a dramatic difference. The Brewers have been the powerhouse team for 2006 and by all accounts, that moniker will stick with them through the end of the season. There was a little fate working against them, though, in the game with the White Sox. Sox pitcher, Phillip May was working a strong game through 5 innings only giving up four runs on a HBP, a walk and two home runs. The only two recorded hits given up by May were the home runs. Thankfully, one was a solo shot by Zak Clark and the other was a two-run shot by Chad Lipsmeyer. Holding the Brewers' powerful offense to five runs was a victory in itself. Reliever, Andy Crowson came in at the bottom of the 6th inning with the game tied at 4 and picked up the win holding the Brewers to only one additional run in three innings. Zak Clark for the Brewers had a no-hitter going into the 5th inning when Stephen Boudreaux roped a single to right field to break things up. Prodigal player, Patrick Taliaferro, made an appearance for the White Sox relieving departed Troy Flood to go two for two at the plate. Dustin Wilson went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI. Tom Spaniol continued his walk streak and made a head's up play scoring from third to send the game into extra innings. Wilson's double in the top of the 8th inning scored Taliaferro for the go ahead run. Crowson closed the door by rolling a grounder to Boudreaux, a strike out and a final pop up to Boudreaux to finish things. Special note on the defensive play of Brewer second baseman, Justin Seibenmorgan (?) who made 9 assists on the day with one spectacular play after another...a "web gem" diving catch and flip to short stop and throw to first for the out to end the second. For the White Sox, third baseman, John Michael Hairston, made some gem plays of his own to keep the Brewers in check.
The Black Sox are really so close. They have offense and some solid pitching. Just a few minor adjustments and they could compete in this second half of the season. The White Sox were coming off an emotional high after the victory over the previously undefeated Brewers. Although the White Sox were hitting the ball, they were rolling right at the defense. Patrick Taliaferro was making the most of his appearance by getting the first base hit for the White Sox in the 4th to unknot the scoreless game on Dustin Wilson's single. Matt Boudreaux went 2 for 3 with an RBI to help insure a 3-run lead. Eugene Burton also went 2 for 3 with a stolen base. Pitcher, Patrick Cawthon, started off behind on nearly every batter through the first few innings, but eventually settled down. Cawthon pitched a complete game victory only giving up 5 hits in 7 innings striking out 13 Black Sox batters including the side to end the game.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
White Sox 8 Diamond Dawgs 3
Orioles 8 White Sox 4
Man...it was hot. We figured it was about 105 degrees on the field as the bank sign down the street showed 98 in the shade. Last year's league champs, the Diamond Dawgs, have been struggling to get on track this season. They have begun to find their niche now with some new leadership and are hitting stride. White Sox pitcher Phillip May was on his game, though, through 5 innings throwing a 3-hit shutout with 9 K's before having to leave with muscle cramp in the groin. Reliever Tom Spaniol gave up three runs in the 5th before settling down to earn the save. The Sox have still yet to find their offense as they did their damage in the first inning and then went quiet for the balance of the game.
In the game versus the Orioles, the one-hour layoff in the heat was probably worse than just starting after the conclusion of the first game. The Sox were soaking in their own sweat. Pitcher, Pat Cawthon threw a good game and was victimized by errors and suspicious officiating. The Sox gave up a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the third on some questionable calls by the plate umpire and a few errors in judgment by Sox infielders. Down 8-4, the Sox were looking to get back in the game, but darkness overcame the field and it was called after the top of the 4th inning when the lights failed to come on. --Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
June 28th (Wed)
Fayetteville Cubs 7 White Sox 1
The White Sox are starting off slumping for certain. Andy Crowson pitched a fine game only giving up 3 hits and 1 ER. The problem came defensively with the White Sox committing 11 errors in the field. The Cub defense was nothing short of flawless on the contrary which generally equates to a victory. With the score at 3-1 going into the 6th inning, Crowson pulled himself due to back spasms to be relieved by veteran Troy Flood. With the White Sox offense sputtering...what the heck. Pitch an almost 50-year-old guy against the young Cubs. Flood gave up four meaningless runs to sum up the score. But it was the errors all around that did the Sox in buttressed by only 5 hits. White Sox batters only struck out 3 times in the game, but it seemed like every ball hit found a Cub mitt. That's baseball.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
White Sox 4 Tahlequah Thunder 5
Tahlequah Thunder 4 White Sox 1
It what could have been a rain-soaked Father's Day, the White Sox traveled to Tahlequah to face the formidable Thunder on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Crafty lefty, Andy Crowson, took the hill for the Sox in game one and found himself getting squeezed out by the home plate umpire's microscopic strike zone. Andy pitched a great game giving up 5 runs on 9 hits scattered throughout seven. The Thunder have a great hitting squad and managed to take advantage of second chances by either White Sox errors or the umpire's failure to call strikes when evident. Not much has been seen of the White Sox normally hot bats thus far this season, but Andy Miller hit a towering home run in the 4th. It was not much to bear as the Sox left runners on base most of the day.
In game two, the strike zone managed to shrink even more for White Sox hurler, Tom Spaniol. The game was decided in inning one, however, when a non-called strike three led to another pitch and base hit by the Thunder lead-off hitter. Normally sure-handed shortstop, Lyndall Bolinger had one squibble through the wickets to put two on. Then Thunder hitter Parker cranks a home run to start the game 3-0 in favor of the Thunder. They tacked on one more run and the Sox were left apathetic at the plate. Robert Foshe went 2-3 in the game with a double, but never had a man on to advance. Tom Spaniol pitched a great game as well, but had no offensive support. Aside from the aforementioned, Tom only surrendered four scattered hits.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
Black Sox 2 White Sox 6
The White Sox had the first weekend bye and I thought things might be a little rusty. A little rusty at the plate and a little rusty defensively to start. If not for the superb pitching by White Sox rookie, Phillip May, things might have been awkward. May pitched four innings of 2-hit shutout ball with 7 strikeouts against what appears to be a strong-hitting Black Sox team. May bowed out before the 5th to nurse a sore toe and gave way for league veteran and perennial journeyman, Andy Crowson, to come in for relief. Crowson allowed 2 runs but struck out three including the side to finish the game off in the sixth. The game was overcome by darkness as the White River Park lights failed to ignite. Offensively for the White Sox...Troy Flood got things started by hitting the first pitch of the White Sox season out of the park. Old returning vet, Issac Harderson had a hit as did Eugene Burton who also kept the Black Sox off the base paths with three range-covering catches in center. Newcomer, Patrick Cawthon, went 1-2 with an RBI. Despite some mental lapses, it looks as if the White Sox will continue their scrappy ways in 2006.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox
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