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Firestone Park Sox win F League state title

By mikeb Published: August 3, 2009

The Firestone Park Sox won the Hot Stove State Baseball Championship this past Sunday in the F League division (13-14 year olds) at Butler-Rodman Fields in Alliance, OH.

The Sox compiled a 28-1 overall record and defeated the Ravenna Braves 4-3 in the championship game.

The 13 players on the Sox team are: Andrew Agner, Jacob Bumgarner, Devin Elekes, Adam Gray, Logan Johnson, Jacob Mazak, J.J. Morrison, Tyler Needham, Michael Riegger, Nate Rogers, Jake Samulak, Ryan Testa and Vince Woicehovich.

Joe Rogers served as Sox head coach and his assistant coaches were John Testa, Steve Gray, Joey Rogers and Shawn Needham (scorekeeper).

Bumgarner, a right-handed pitcher, was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

"I have had these young men for two years," Joe Rogers said. "We practiced starting in January and our season went all the way into the beginning of August. We practiced on the weekends at first, conditioning and running. These kids are all hard workers and they were not quitters."

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