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  • The 9U Gray Sox have piled up tournament trophies while going 45-8-1 overall this year.
    The 9U Gray Sox have piled up tournament trophies while going 45-8-1 overall this year.

Lake Shore 9U Gray Sox Tearing It Up On Tournament Circuit

Colin Murphy
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July 12, 2017

It has been a truly outstanding spring and summer season for the 9U Lake Shore Gray Sox travel baseball team.

Building on a stellar fall 2016 season and beginning play in March, the Gray Sox have powered to an astounding 45-8-1 overall record this spring and summer. Lake Shore’s exploits this calendar year include four recent tournament championships, as the 9U boys captured first-place trophies at the Utz Snacktown Showdown in Hanover, Pennsylvania; the Upper Montgomery Athletic Club School’s Out Tournament; the Frederick Armed Forces Slugfest; and the Savage Fourth of July Classic.

At their most recent tournament over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the 9U Gray Sox went 4-0 and outscored the opposition 52-14 in winning the Fourth of July Classic championship in Savage.

Including last fall season, the Lake Shore 9U Gray Sox are an incredible 52-8-1 with tournament championships at the aforementioned tournaments as well as the Elite Baseball 1-Day Challenge, the API Spring Thaw, Olney Mutiny at the Park and Severn Spring Break Silver tournaments and runner-up finishes at the Kent Island Ice Breaker, Joppatowne 10U Slugfest (in which they played up a year in age) and the Upper Chesapeake School’s Out tournament.

The team still has two tournaments to go this summer, as they will compete in the Howard County Youth Program Summer Clash and the Myrtle Triple Crown in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Teammates Braydon Ambrose, CJ August, Dylan Collins, Colton Duffy, Keller Herzberger, Mason Kotofski, Chase McLaughlin, Liam Neal, Bryce Peacock, Jayden Saraullo and Ryan Werner have powered the success of the Lake Shore 9U Gray Sox, who are coached by Paul August, Matt Duffy, Ryan Herzberger and John Kotofski.

Lake Shore’s 9U’s decided to be a tournament-only team this season, forgoing a regular league in order to focus on practice during the week and games during the weekends. Now in their third year playing together for most of them, the team has maximized its schedule by winning, playing in the maximum amount of games in every tournament this year except one.

“These boys are extremely talented up and down the lineup,” said coach August. “They have accepted every challenge and excelled through adversity. Most of the boys have been together for three years, and it shows. We’ve played maximum games in all but one tournament, which is truly remarkable.”

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