May 29 - Brett Renfrow pitched 5.1 scoreless innings and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Virginia Stars Colangelo over the Stars Morabito, 4-1, and clinch the 13u Kyle’s Kamp Memorial Day Tournament championship last night at Waters Field in Vienna.
Renfrow allowed a hit and two walks in the first inning, but then proceeded to retire 13 batters in a row. The right-hander left the game after allowing a walk with one out in the sixth with his team leading 4-0.
“Brett is a tremendous competitor for us and I knew if we got to this game and gave him the ball, we would have a chance to win,” said Stars coach Mike Colangelo. “It was a great night for him and I’m happy for him.”
Bannon Brazell started on the mound for the Stars Morabito and was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in 5.2 innings. The Stars Colangelo scored twice in the third on a pass ball and an RBI from Connor Knox. The Stars Colangelo then added two more runs in the sixth on a two-run triple from Renfrow off reliever Avi Fruman, who came on in relief after Brazell allowed a hit and a walk to start the inning.
“I was looking for something down and inside to drive and it happened,” Renfrow said.
Brandon Cassedy, Sam Marco and Knox each had two hits in the game and accounted for all four runs for the Stars Colangelo.
Left-hander Brennen Card entered the game in the sixth for the Stars Colangelo and allowed one run on two hits in 1.2 innings on his way to earning the save. Hank Lippman got the Stars Morabito on the board in the seventh with a base hit that scored Kelly Crittenberger, however Card ended the short-lived rally with his third strikeout of the game.
The Stars Colangelo went 6-0-1 in four days to clinch the 13u title, outscoring their opponents 41-10. The pitching staff paved the way for the Stars Colangelo championship run, throwing three shutouts in the tournament and allowing just three runs in their four bracket play games on the final two days.
“Every tournament we have been in, we have made it to the championship and finished second,” Colangelo said. “I told our guys that at some point, you have to step up and win. That was a big win against a very good team. It made me feel good that we had the grit to figure it out and get it done today.”
The Virginia Stars Colangelo clinched the 13u Kyle's Kamp Memorial Day Tournament with a 4-1 win in the championship game. Photo by Josh Belanger.