Capital City started the season off on the right foot; winning both games in pool play on Friday. First they held off the OC Heat (who eventually finished in 3rd place for the weekend); then they finally got the offense going in game two to take a shortened game from the SC Bandits of California, 15-2.
In the first game Jesse Hilyard set the tone on the mound for the Black Sox; pitching four innings, giving up one hit, and striking out eight in the process. Cap City took the early lead on doubles from Hilyard and Jack Bauer; but the story of the game offensively was the nine stolen bases the incurred over the course of seven innings. Roger Ingram Jr. also had two hits and scored three times in the game. The Heat made a run in the 7th inning; down 7-1, they used multiple walks and a few errors to climb there way back to 7-4. Josh Palmquist came in to close down the game, and grab the save, leading Cap City to 1-0 on the tournament.
The second game saw offense early and often for the Black Sox; they scored 11 runs on 12 hits in the first two innings to run away with this one. Jordan Barchus pitched a hitless three innings, striking out four to hang on to the lead. Offensively Bauer led the charge for Cap City; going 2-3 with a triple, and five RBI’s. Hunter Spriggs, Garrett Myers, and Ingram Jr. also had multiple hits for the Sox. The win put the Black Sox in the driver’s seat for the top two seeds and a first round bye going into Saturday.