June 11 - There was no shortage of excitement over the weekend with the conclusion of NVTBL’s End of Season tournaments across the the 8-12u age divisions. After rain washed out first round play on June 3, the weather cooperated just enough for each tournament bracket to be played over the weekend.
The action included a walk-off double to clinch the 9u championship, three final games decided by one run, two teams winning three times on Sunday en route to clinching their respective titles and plenty of clutch performances highlighted below.
Here is the list of champions:
Stars Arnold 7, Aldie Senators 6
Brady Card went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored while Tyson Barber and Conner Rauss combined to score four runs to lead the Stars. Bobby Arnold received the win after striking out four in 1.2 innings and Devin Perry recorded the final seven outs. The Stars beat the Fauquier Freeze, 13-5, and then the Loudoun Aces, 9-8, on Saturday before knocking off the Senators on Sunday.
Loudoun Aces Blue 3, Fauquier Raiders 2
Will Clarke’s two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning scored both Noah Blubaugh and Landon McGinn to lift the Aces over the Raiders in walk-off fashion. McGinn also pitched two scoreless innings and Jack Mehlberg and Tyler Wolovich combined to allow one run on three hits in the final four innings in relief. The Aces defeated the Virginia Stars Lusk, 10-6, and the Blue Ridge Senators, 10-9, to reach the championship game.
Dig In Baseball 22, Cannons Black 5
Every player on the team recorded an RBI as Dig In batted around in each of the first two innings and cruised to a four-inning victory. After two wins on Saturday, Dig In beat the Aldie Senators, 16-11, in the semifinal earlier in the day.
11U Silver Championship
Kidball Cardinals White 17, Game Changers 4
Jack Jenkins and Aidan Flynn each went 3-for-3 and combined for six RBI and four runs as the Cardinals pounded 16 hits in the final game. Flynn also picked up the win after allowing three runs (one earned) in 3.2 innings. Brady Chan and Luke Hibey each also contributed two hits and totaled five runs for the Cardinals. The Cardinals won all three games they had on Sunday to clinch the 11u Silver title, beating the Sterling Xplosion, 5-4, and KOA Sports, 6-5, earlier in the day.
11U Gold Championship
Arlington Storm ABR 4, Aldie Senators 3
Joseph Greenhaus pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits to earn the win and Charley Callen worked around three hits in the bottom of the sixth to lock down the save for the Storm. Callen, Jack Rubin and Jack McNair each had an RBI as the Storm’s three-run fourth was enough to hold off the Senators’ rally in the sixth. The Storm beat Dig In Baseball, 8-1, and the Loudoun Aces, 7-0, before beating the Senators in the championship game, winning all three games on Sunday.
12U Silver Championship
VA Bombers 4, Fielder's Choice 2
The Bombers capitalized on a hit, two walks and an error to score three runs in the top of the sixth to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Joey Rogers allowed two runs (one earned) over four innings and Joey Chester did not allow a run in two relief innings for the Bombers. The Bombers won both of their games on Saturday before knocking off the South County Outlaws, 5-0, in the semifinal game.
12U Gold Championship
Loudoun South Eagles Black 10, Stars Ludington 1
Jacob Wimmer went 3-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored while Will Tuck allowed one run (zero earned) over five innings with eight strikeouts to power the Eagles. Tanner Twomey, Mark Walsh and Dylan Choi also each scored twice for the Eagles. The Eagles beat the Kidball Cardinals Red, 16-5, earlier in the day to advance the Eagles to the 12u Gold final.