The Southtowns Pride baseball team. From left to right, first row: Gavin Solinski. Second Row: Connor McMillan, Lakeview; Matt O’Brien, West Seneca; Dylan Fritz, Hamburg; Bryan Solinski, Hamburg; Noah King, Buffalo. Third Row: Head Coach: Chris Fritz, Matt Shalloe, West Seneca; Jim LaPaglia, Hamburg; Lucas Potter, Buffalo; Jordan Wisniewski, Buffalo; Assistant Coach: Mouse Schindler, Steve Mooney, Tonawanda; Alex Harvey, Buffalo; Jordan Schindler, Gowanda; Assistant Coach Eric Harvey.
The Southtowns Pride traveled to Erie, Pennsylvania for the Millcreek Summer Sizzler the weekend of July 25-27.
The Pride made it to the finals by beating the host team, Millcreek Machine, and R.W. Clark from Southern Pennsylvania.
On Sunday, the Pride faced a very good Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania team and lost in the finals - giving the Pride a taste of what was to come the following weekend.
On the weekend of July 31-Aug. 3, the Southtowns Pride competed in the Southtowns Slugfest wood bat Tournament.
The Pride opened the tournament with a loss to the Ironville Raiders out of the Rochester area in a very hard-fought game by both teams. Seeded team No. 2, the Pride, knowing their backs were to the wall, came up with a huge victory, beating the Mathewson McCarthy Bandits.
In the tournament’s semi final game, the Pride battled the Evans Eagles travel baseball team in a very enjoyable, well-played baseball game by both teams.
In that game, the Pride was down 5-0 after the first inning but battled back to win the game 6-5 in the eighth inning.
After a wet Saturday night, the championship game was moved to Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball in East Amherst where the Pride faced the Ironville Raiders in a rematch of the tournament’s first game.
This time, however, the Pride came out on top, defeating Ironville 3-1 in yet another tight, well-played game to win the tournament’s 14U division championship.