16U ends summer league with hardware

Fairfield County Parks and Recreation Department’s 16U team took top honors in the championship tournament. | FCPAR Facebook

NEWBERRY – Fairfield County Parks and Recreation’s 16U team ravaged their way through the City of Newberry’s Junior Baseball League regular season, outscoring opponents 92-28. Their 7-0-1 record was enough for a top post-season seed.

Fairfield County Parks and Recreation Department’s 16U team took top honors in the championship tournament. | Martha Ladd

Dru Caldwell threw a no hitter and was aided with 12 runs from the explosive Fairfield bats in their 12-1 semi-final win on July 12. Caldwell never faced more than five batters in an inning, gave up just two walks and struck out four.

Fairfield bats lit up the scoreboard in the first inning when they knocked in 8 runs.  Fairfield’s first eight out of nine batters reached base safely and scored.

“Hitting is contagious and every one of our guys can hit at any time,” coach Larry Perry said.  “I was proud that we came to play and were able to jump out to a big lead.”

The team was back in action Tuesday night in the City of Newberry summer league championship against the Newberry Cubs. CJ Simmons picked up the 7-3 victory on the mound for Fairfield.

Fairfield took a 4-0 lead in their first at bat and never gave it back up. Newberry’s only three runs came in the top of the fourth inning, but Fairfield’s big bats stretched the lead back out, 7-3, in the bottom of the frame.

Caldwell came in to close and kept the Cubs scoreless to end the game with a final score of 7-3.

The 16U team joins the 12U and 8U baseball teams in bringing league championships back to Winnsboro.