Memorable season for Black Sox ends short of World Series

August 18, 2009

By Staff

While the trip to the Mickey Mantle 15-and-under World Series didn’t quite come out like the team hoped, the Issaquah Black Sox will likely cherish the experience.The Black Sox kicked off the series in Owasso, Okla., Aug. 4 with a 10-0 victory over Gaithersburg, the Maryland state champions.

The Black Sox started the hit parade with three doubles in a row from David McIlvaine, Tyler Hillyer and Casey Fithian in the third inning. Hillyer led the Black Sox to a 7-0 lead for the Black Sox in the fourth with a towering 420-foot home run over the center field wall.

Trenton Nagasawa’s third hit of the game, a double in the fifth inning, drove in two more runs as the Black Sox cruised to the victory. Black Sox starting pitcher Brandon Mahovlich dominated the Maryland team en route to a three-hit complete game shutout.

In the second game Aug. 5, the Black Sox fell 9-1 to the Dallas McCabe Mustangs, the regional champions from Texas.

Lefty Ryan Parks held the Mustangs in check into the fourth inning with a variety of off-speed pitches. The Black Sox got on the board in the fourth, cutting the lead to 2-1, when Steven Sacia scored on a hard single by Fithian.

The Mustangs chipped away, though, and eventually took a commanding lead on back-to-back homeruns in the fifth inning and scored two more runs in the sixth inning.

The Black Sox’s final game Aug. 6 was a 10-5 loss to the Cherry Creek Royals, of Colorado.

The Royals put the Black Sox into a 9-1 hole early, getting a grand slam in the second inning. The Black Sox added a run in the third inning when Nagasawa scored on a Michael Stewart single.

Black Sox pitcher Izak Styskal came in relief and kept the game within reach, shutting down the Royals in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Black Sox put a rally together in the sixth inning on a Stewart walk and back-to-back singles by McIlvaine and Hillyer.

With no outs, Sacia drove a double off the left-center wall as the Black Sox cut the lead to 9-4. Three straight strikeouts ended the Black Sox’s hopes as the teams traded a run each in the remaining innings.

The Black Sox, who won the state Mickey Mantle title, finished the year with a 32-10 record.

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