The players for the Lake Shore 13U Gray Sox are once again producing a stellar summer season.
Kyle Emmons, Austin Sealing, Brayden Marrocco, Noah Bowerman, Cole Parsons, Drew Sabban, Luke Sanborn, Ty Jacoby, Oliver Robinson, Blake Jarmer and Carter Drab are a combined 32-12 through 44 games this summer, including a 12-1-1 record and championship playing against 14-year-olds in the Chesapeake Baseball Association 14U league.
Playing their first season on the full-sized, 90-foot diamond, the Gray Sox coaching staff of head coach Randy Emmons and assistant coaches Jason Sealing, Jeff Helsel and Dave Marrocco have overseen Lake Shore as they’ve excelled in multiple tournaments. The Gray Sox were champions of the Western Howard County Get It Started Tournament and semifinalists of the Perfect Game tournament.
Jacoby engineered a standout moment with a complete-game no-hitter against the Rawlings A’s.
Most recently, the Gray Sox came away as tournament champions of the HCYP Summer Clash in Ellicott City over the weekend of July 12-14.
Coach Emmons said the boys, many of whom have played together on Lake Shore teams for as many as seven years, embraced the challenge of playing up in age and are fortifying their strengths as they prepare for high school baseball.
“Proud of this team for year after year wanting to challenge themselves,” said Emmons. “Mentally being prepared every game and practice. Early in the season, we challenged the boys to play up in 14U, which meant that their bat restrictions would be different than most 13U teams…Our focus for this team has always been to prepare them for high school and give them all the tools they would need to be successful at the next level. After watching the boys this past season successfully compete against showcase teams and higher age groups, I have no doubt that they are ready for this next chapter of their lives and will be able to carry on the Gray Sox tradition of exemplary student-athletes as they head to high school.
“This is a very special team and the main reason for that is due to the consistency of the players, coaches and parents. I’ve been very fortunate to have coached the majority of my team since they were 6, 7 years old. It’s a good feeling to know as I close this chapter of coaching this team for the last six years, that nine of my 11 players have always played within the Lake Shore organization.”