Blue Sox ranked #3 in the Country College Summer Baseball Daily Rankings put Sox third in first poll of the season
SPRINGFIELD, MA – College Summer Baseball Daily’s National Rankings were released earlier this morning and the Valley Blue Sox debuted at #3 in the country, trailing only the Wareham Gatemen and Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League. A full list of the rankings can be viewed here.
The Blue Sox (11-3) are off to their best start in franchise history and are riding a five game winning streak heading into tonight’s Northern Division tilt with the Winnipesaukee Muskrats. They currently sit atop the Northern Division with the best record in the NECBL.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment for our organization to not only crack the top five, but debut at #3,” said Blue Sox General Manager Hunter Golden. “The first people who deserve credit are our coaching staff and players. We have some guys who’ve come out really swinging it and maintained it. Some guys who we had a ton of confidence in who struggled a bit out of the gate – but have made the adjustments and have stepped up. Our pitchers have really held things together and taken pressure off the offense by performing consistently. It’s been an organization-wide effort.”
When the Blue Sox won their first NECBL Championship in 2017, they finished #7 nationally, with this week’s ranking being the highest ranking the organization has achieved.
“To see where we were at as an organization five years ago – and now to see where we are – not just on the field but off it has been a really rewarding experience,” said Golden. “The players and coaches made it happen on the field – but so much goes into this that people don’t see. It’s the long hours our interns, office staff and volunteers put in. It’s the host families who really set the tone and help to create the kind of experience that helps to draw talent here because they want to experience what we’re all about. It’s the sponsors stepping up and helping us get the resources that we need to do everything we do – and then it’s our fan base who show up and make our park the most exciting one to play in in the league. It’s everyone – and a proud moment for everyone.”
The Blue Sox are at home Sunday night to take on the Winnipesaukee Muskrats at 5:05pm. Gates open at 4pm and Sunday will be the team’s first ever television giveaway. The Sox will have two road games this coming week before closing out the month of June at home on Thursday and Friday night here at Mackenzie Stadium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors and can be purchased online at www.valleybluesox.com or via phone at (413) 533-1100.