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Manager: Kevin Kantner
MVP: Chris Blum
Sportsmanship/Hustle: Brian Schlegel
Outstanding Pitcher: Erron Archie
Defensive Player of the Year: Phil Raccuglia
Kevin Kantner took over at the helm of the Sox 30-Over team for the 2003 season.
After suffering their worst season in the history of the franchise in 2002, the elder Sox entered the 2003 season focused and more determined than ever.
A healthy Erron Archie on the mound, added with two newcomers, Chris Blum and Chad Himmelreich, solidified the Sox pitching rotation.
Bob Tranquillo added some punch to the line-up and the Sox started the season by winning the Kinteco Early-Bird Classic Tournament Championship.
The Sox finished second in the regular season one game behind the Hamburg Astros (17-3) with a 16-4 league record.
The Sox came storming into the play-offs winning their first three games and putting themselves in the drivers seat by entering the Championship Round unbeaten. Facing regular season champion Hamburg, the Astros had to beat the Sox twice, and they did just that, by scores of 4-2 and 7-6.
After the gut-wrenching league championship loss, the Sox had one last bit of business to take care of and they did by taking the crown of the Ozzy’s Fall Classic Tournament.
Although the Sox won two tournament championships in 2003 and finished with a 26-8 record, which was their best since 1998, they were still left with a hunger. The hunger that they were one win away from the league title and they let it slip through their hands.