August 8, 2012
Elkhart, IN -
SKS played four games in Elkhart to end the summer regular season, and did it in winning fashion, sweeping two double headers and finishing the Elkhart summer regular season champs at 18-2.
SKS (34-6 in leagues; 92-19 overall) beat a good Simeri's team in the first half of the night, and despite winning the first game 20-4, the second game was much harder. Simeri's led 21-7 in the fourth inning, but the Kids clawed back into it and outscored Simeri's 27-3 over the next two innings to win it 34-24, including scoring 16 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to leave Simeri's on the field.
In the last two games, they played 50/50. The Kids started slow and after three innings, it was a 2-2 tie. But both teams begin to score and thanks to a 10-run seventh inning, Street Kids pulled away 22-15. In the nightcap, it was all SKS, as they rolled to a 23-8 win to complete the four game sweep on the night.
Joe Horvath's second home run of the night was his 100th of the season, giving him five straight years of 100 or more home runs. His 726 career home runs in a Street Kids uniform is most all time in SKS history. TJ Jorgensen is second with 703 career SKS home runs.
Speaking of home runs, Jaron Wiggs went big ball on Wednesday in Elkhart, smashing eight home runs and driving in 24 runs in the four games. In the final game of the night, every player hit a home run except Tim Austin, who forgot to east his Wheaties in the morning.
Up next for SKS is the final two games of the regular league season in Topeka against Cedar Creek, who has won their fair share against the Kids this season. Following Topeka's games, the Kids will travel to Indianapolis for the NSA "B" state championship, where they finished second a year ago, losing to Reds Boys in the finals. The new Reds Boys of 2012 is much better than their 2011 team, and according to many, they are the favorites to repeat as state champions this weekend. The Kids open up at 11:40am.