Successful off-season of play for Hakes in FTW

    Bellmont grad Brian Hakes played a major role as the Fort Wayne Johns Jackers captured their second consecutive National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) Regional championship (all-ages division) over the past weekend.
    Catching and playing third base, Hakes batted .444 as the Jackers won five games over three days at Carrington Field in Fort Wayne, running their season record to 31-11 and advancing to the 101st NABF World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan, this week. Hakes went 8-18 with three home runs, a triple and double, driving in 10 runs and scoring nine. He also had three walks (two intentional) and was twice hit by a pitch to produce a .601 on-base percentage to go along with a .807 slugging percentage.
    Hakes hit two home runs, drove in six runs and scored four as the Jackers opened the Regional on Thursday with a 13-3 win over the Portland Rockets. They followed with 9-5 and 5-4 wins over the South Bend Yankees and Chicago Clout, respectively, then topped the Fort Wayne Expos, 11-8, to advance to Saturday's title game against the 32-4 Berea (Ohio) Blue Sox.