Travel Notebook: Arlington Arsenal Claims 3 of NVTBL's 5 Youth Fall Championships

November 4 - Five youth teams were crowned over the weekend as the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League’s fall end-of-season tournament champions. 

The Arlington Arsenal program had a big weekend, winning three titles in the 9U, 10U and 12U gold brackets. The Marucci Stars 8U Wunder and Mount Vernon Patriots 11U claimed the other two gold titles. 

Stars 8U Wunder (22-2) swept its four games over the weekend and finished its season on a seven-game winning streak, getting a combined five RBI from Blake Robey and Maddux Mace in an 11-6 championship game win over the Loudoun South Eagles. 

In 9U, the Arsenal Blue (17-1) totaled 70 runs while sweeping its four games and beat the Falls Church Copperheads, 17-2, in yesterday’s final. The team got two hits and three RBI from Bryce Decker and Nick Nimerala and three hits and two RBI from Matt Woolfley in the final and finished its season on an eight-game win streak. 

The Arsenal 10U Blue defeated the SYA Mets Blue, 6-3, in its championship game, while the Mount Vernon Patriots 11U beat the Virginia Bombers, 17-8, in its final. The Patriots won three of their games in comeback fashion, and Nathan Roeschlein hit a walk-off homer in their first game on Saturday when Mount Vernon was trailing and down to its last strike. Luke Larimore had two homers and Matthias Alden also homered once over the weekend.

In the 12U division final, the Arsenal Blue knocked off the Mount Vernon Mavericks, 5-1, behind a five-hitter from Hank Thomson. It was the third consecutive NVTBL fall championship for the 12U team. 

Canes 14U NOVA Advances to Final at Top Gun Winter World Series

In North Carolina this weekend, the EvoShield Canes 14U North advanced to the Division I championship game at the Top Gun Winter World Series before falling 2-0, to the EvoShield Canes 14U NC. 

The Canes (31-4-1), coached by Mike Rowling, had won four straight to advance to yesterday’s final. The Loudoun County-based club advanced to the championship game at seven tournaments this fall, winning four of them. 

Yarnell Perfect as Stars 14U Huller Wraps Successful Fall Campaign

Connor Yarnell needed just 34 pitches to work through four perfect innings during Marucci Stars 14U Huller’s 10-0 mercy rule victory over NCDB 14U yesterday afternoon at the Top Gun World Series in North Carolina.

Yarnell didn’t reach any three-ball counts and recorded first-pitch strikes to nine of the 12 batters he faced over his efficient outing. The Stars (25-4) went 2-2 over the weekend, winning a consolation bracket to conclude their fall season.

Coach Mike Huller’s club posted a team earned run average of 1.60 over its 29 games, led by Connor Lyle’s 1.20 ERA in 40 innings. Offensively, the Stars were led by Griffin Burkholder, who hit .456, along with Jackson Sirois (.425) and Shawn Arneja (.415). 

Senators’ Pietrandrea Shines at Sports at the Beach

Luke Pietrandrea (Woodbridge) closed out his fall season with a big weekend while playing with his Metro Senators Futures 20222 team at Sports at the Beach in Delaware.

Pietrandrea, a left-hander who plays first base and in the outfield when not on the mound, went 9-for-11 with five doubles and nine RBI and struck out eight in three scoreless innings. The Senators went 3-1 at the tournament and finished 10-8-1 this fall.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Arlington Arsenal 9U Blue after winning the NVTBL fall championship, Andrew Cortor courtesy of EvoShield Canes, and Connor Lyle courtesy of Marucci Stars