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Acadiana (LA) Amateur Baseball League Spring Session
White Sox 13, Rays 1
'Wilborn Cops MVP Honors'
Submitted by Jude Vice, League President
The Acadiana Amateur Baseball League’s 2017 Spring League
Championship Series came to an end on Sunday at Scott McCullough Field at
Acadiana High School with the White Sox winning the decisive Game three over the Rays by a final of 13-1.
The White Sox won Game one by a score of 4-3 with the Rays taking the second game 6-4.
With the win, the Sox claimed their fourth spring league
championship in their nine-year history, including three titles in the last
Things were close early on as the Rays came out the gates
hot, notching five hits in the first two innings off of Sox starter Greg
Wilborn. However, Wilborn would strand the bases loaded in each of those
innings while only surrendering one run.
The White Sox would tie the game in the bottom of the third
inning with an RBI single by designated hitter Jonathan Bourque.
Wilborn would settle down the rest of the way as he threw
seven innings while giving up only the five hits and striking out 14 Rays
The White Sox would turn it on at the plate in the fifth inning
as they scored three runs that inning along with four in the sixth, three in
the seventh and another two in the eight inning.
Catcher Russ Summers delivered on three separate occasions
with two-run singles, tallying a total of six RBI for the game.
Former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun and Los Angeles Dodger farmhand Greg Wilborn would be named the Championship Series MVP. He started
two games during the series, winning both while pitching a total of 16 innings.
He allowed only one earned run during that span and struck out an incredible 34
Wilborn also went 4 for 10 at the plate in the series with a
triple and an RBI.
The game also featured a touching tribute to outgoing League
President and White Sox player Jude Vice as he retired following the contest
after playing in the league since its inception in 1998. Vice was the only
player AABL history to have played all 20 years. In addition to playing , he
also has served as League President since 2005.
Vice’s final at-bat came in the ninth inning and he
fittingly roped an RBI single to right field. And with two outs in the bottom
of the inning, Manager Mike Guidry called him in to pitch the last out.
For more on the Acadiana Amateur Baseball League, including
information regarding the upcoming Fall Wooden Bat League, visit www.acadianabaseball.com.
Game 3 Box Score:
WP: Greg Wilborn (6-0) 7IP, 1R,
1ER, 5H, 3BB, 14K
LP: Ben Leblanc (6-1) 5IP, 4R,
3ER, 6H, 6BB, 5K
Top Hitters: Rays – Tyler
Watkins 2-4, Chandler O’Neal 1-2 RBI; White Sox – Russ Summers 3-5, 6 RBI; Luke
Acosta 2-4, RBI, 3 Runs; Greg Wilborn 2-5, Triple, RBI; Jude Vice 1-1, Run, RBI