Local players help Angels 12U, 9U squads shine in Gaffney tourneys

The Western Carolina Angels 9U squad, with six Polk County players on its roster, placed second last weekend in the Spring Showdown baseball tournament in Gaffney, S.C.

The Angels won their first two games, 5-4 and 16-1, then earned a 12-2 win over the Union County Crusaders to reach the tourney final. The Crusaders rebounded to post a 3-2 win in the final.

The Angels 12U squad, with two Polk County players, captured the Spring Showdown 12U title. The Angels went 4-0 for the weekend, including a 10-9 win over the Carolina Reds select in the title game.

The two squads are part of the Green Creek-based Western Carolina Angels organization.