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.
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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.