Shockers Black thumps Woodward Travelers, Burkburnett Blacksox 18U to win Pool B
Behind Connor Thaxton's 5 RBIs, the Shockers Black team got two victories at Cameron's McCord Field on Friday to win Pool B.
The Shockers beat Woodward, 12-4, before taking a thrilling 13-7 win over the Burkburnett Blacksox 18U in the nightcap. The Shockers face Piedmont today at 11 a.m. at MacArthur.
The Shockers fell behind to Woodward in the third inning, but they bounced right back almost immediately.
Connor Thaxton of Elgin blasted a pitch over the left center-field wall for a solo home run, and Gage Phelps, a recent Sterling grad, doubled and later scored on a Tanner Ladon single. Base hits by Kendrick Black and Jack Smith made the score 4-1 before the end of the third inning.
Smith finished the game with two RBI singles.
Thaxton would later double home another run. Thaxton, who got the team's first hit in each of the two games, finished the first game with four hits and 3 RBIs.
Shockers coach Cesar Figuereo said having that kind of bat in the lineup is always a plus.
"It means a lot," Figuereo said. "First guy getting on, that sets the tempo for the whole team."
The following inning, Woodward had a chance to cut into the lead, but a runner was thrown out at the plate.
Chase DiFillipo got the win on the mound.
Their second game got off to a good start for the Shockers as Ladon's single drove in Thaxton in the first. However, the Sox scored on a throwing error in the bottom half of the inning to even things up.
The Shockers got the offense going and were able to extend their lead, with the help of some throwing errors by the Blacksox. By the middle of the fifth inning, the lead had ballooned to 11-2 after an Andrew LeChuga sacrifice RBI.
The bottom of the fifth was an adventure for the Shockers, as pitcher Garrett Leaf gave up an RBI single to Jayce Clem from Big Pasture.