Black Sox Put Together Great Year in Lehigh Valley 16+ American
Lehigh Valley (PA) MSBL 16+ American Division
‘All-Stars Lewis, Traino and Giumento Lead the Way’
Submitted by Dan Snyder, Black Sox manager
This was our seventh season in the Lehigh Valley MSBL and the
first time we had a winning record, 11-9. We were also led by co-managers Andy
Hein and Joe Dematto and assembled a terrific group of guys who all played
high school ball but nothing past that. We went through a bunch of seasons
with tough defeats and blowouts, but kept plugging away. This season we
made it to the championship for the first time, which felt
absolutely incredible after being in the league so long. Even though we
didn't win it, it was a huge accomplishment for us after many tough seasons.
Billy Lewis led the way for us with a .400 average, followed
by John Wagner at .392 while Matt Traino hit .367. Kyle Giumento was our ‘ace’ at 4-1 while
striking out 66 in 40 innings and ending with a 2.48 ERA.
My favorite memory this year was in our first playoff
game at home with a nice crowd, coming back from a 7-2 deficit in the
seventh, and walking off in the ninth, winning 9-8. My advice for any new
managers is to have fun, keep the guys who are team players and get rid of
the guys that are poisoning the team chemistry. Make it easy on yourself and
make everyone pay before the season starts. We really take pride in
scoping out who we add to the roster, regardless of the player's talent level.
It can make for a rough season if you add someone to the team who may be very
talented, but has the wrong attitude. We all love the game and each
season, regardless of our record, have a great time and plan to do so for many
years to come. A big thanks to the MSBL for giving us this opportunity!