March 31 - Champions were crowned in six age divisions at this weekend’s Longhorn Stampede in Loudoun County, and two area teams claimed titles at the 15th annual tournament.
Fielder’s Choice 9U avenged a pool play loss to Henrico’s Team Vinci Edwards in a big way earlier today, beating the team from Henrico, 16-3, in the 9U division final after beating PowerU Fire, 13-1, in the semifinals earlier in the day.
“I’ve got a tough little group of guys,” Fielder’s Choice coach Jason Miller said. “It’s easy when they hit a bunch of doubles, that makes it an easy team to manage.”
Miller’s club totaled 52 runs in four games at the tournament. Braiden Miller (no relation) went 3-for-3 with two triples and five RBI and struck out nine over three innings in the final, and he finished the weekend 11-for-12 with two walks, seven runs, four triples and 10 RBI.
The Loudoun Aces 10U Red swept its four games and beat the Potomac Riverdogs Blue, 11-5, in the championship game today. The Aces advanced to the final after beating the Winchester Hornets, 3-2, on a walk-off sacrifice fly and have won two straight tournaments to begin their season.
In the 11U division, the Loudoun South Eagles posted three shutouts and allowed just one run in four games entering today’s championship game. The Eagles, however, fell to Charlottesville’s Invaders Baseball, 10-9.
NVTBL Teams Begin Spring Season over Weekend
Dozens of teams from across the area began their spring schedules as the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League opened its season over the weekend.
The league had 33 games yesterday and 154 scheduled today across seven age divisions, from 8U-14U. NVTBL also hosts leagues for high school players in the summer and fall.
Legends Win Title at GMBL’s April Fools Tournament; Other Division Champions to be Crowned Tonight
The Pioneer Legends swept their five games en route to the 10U division championship at this weekend’s GMBL April Fools Tournament in Manassas.
Hosted by the Greater Manassas Baseball League, the tournament included five age divisions and had four of those championship games set to be held tonight. Earlier today, the Legends rallied from a 5-2 deficit entering the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring four runs in the frame to beat the Manassas Cavalry Blue, 6-5, in the 10U final.
In the 11U final, the Marucci Stars Eidemiller scored four two-out runs to win in walk-off fashion, 9-8, over the Stafford Warriors. The Marucci Stars Camp walked off Manassas Cavalry Blue, 7-6, in the 12U final, overcoming a 5-3 fifth-inning deficit. The Cavalry advanced to the final with a walk-off victory of its own, beating Marucci Stars Kempton, 11-10, in eight innings in their semifinal contest.
In the 13U final, the Southern Maryland Senators Kingsbury defeated the Mount Vernon Patriots, 10-3.
Sponsor: The magazine’s Travel Notebook is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League. For more information on the NVTBL, visit its website at www.nvtblbaseball.org.
Photo of Braiden Miller courtesy of Fielder’s Choice Baseball