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Warwick White Sox finish successful season
The Warwick White Sox, playing in the Lancaster County Youth Baseball League, 14U, Section 2, finished their season with a 24-3 mark and the North Division Championship, eclipsing the Ephrata Copperheads on the final day of the regular season.
Ephrata had previously held the top spot since the beginning of April. During the course of the season, the Sox also pocketed two county tournaments, beating out Southern Lebanon to capture the WTBA tournament championship in May, and winning over Penn Manor Gold to capture the Penryn Tournament in June.
Manager Dana Clark said this was one of the best teams he’s ever coached.
"I loved this group, because the players were truly a team, more concerned with the team’s success than individual accomplishments," Clark commented. "Early on, we lost Gabe Cicala to an injury, a player we had been counting on to fill some key roles, and instead of lamenting the loss, the entire team stepped up to fill the hole and support their teammate."
Injuries seemed to follow the Sox this year. In all, seven players spent time on the DL.
"Each time someone else was able to pick up their injured teammate, and the results speak for themselves," Clark said.
Nine of the 12 players hit over .300 and eight different pitchers posted a stingy team ERA of 2.43.
"I told these guys back in February when we started, ‘If you put in real effort at every practice, the rest will take care of itself,’" Clark recalled.
Coach Glenn Martin agreed, saying, "Even during the heat wave that settled over our area back in mid-July, the kids continued to practice hard."
The Sox were led at the plate by Reed Martin, posting a .521 average. Carter Forney (.404) and Ryan Aukamp (.400) rounded out the top three. The Sox, who drove in 246 runs over the course of the season, allowed just 72. Again it was Martin leading the way, driving in 23, while Evan Clark and Bryan Rottkamp each drove in 22 runs.
"All year, we’ve stressed pitching and defense," Coach Jon Byler said. "It really was a key to our success."
Justin Minnich and Brandon Perezous anchored the White Sox defensively, while the pitching staff was led by Patrick Quinn, who posted a 7-1 record with a 2.93 ERA. Martin (5-1, 2.16 ERA), Ryan Brown (3-0, 2.58 ERA) and Justin Byler (3-0, 2.94 ERA) handled the bulk of the remaining duties.
One of the highlights for the staff this year was Ryan Brown’s no-hitter against Pequea Valley. Brown was one of three players, (Brown, Quinn and Connor Cowher) who made the jump from Little League to Travel Ball this year.
"We saw potential in each of those guys, but didn’t know how quickly they would be able to contribute," Clark said. "We were thrilled with the progress they made since joining the organization and by the season’s end how well each of those guys was effectively able to contribute to the team’s overall success."
Overall, the Warwick Travel Baseball program featured two New Era Champions, (Phillies and Oddfellows) and a Division Champion (White Sox).
"That says volumes about the organization’s commitment to successful player development, the coaches at each level and the effort put forth by all the players," Clark said.
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