October 16 - Marucci Stars 11U Camp remained perfect this fall and claimed its eighth straight tournament title this year, defeating the Tri State Arsenal 11U Navy, 10-9, on Sunday to win the Beast of the East Tournament in Wilmington, DE.
Seven players drove in runs in the championship game for the Stars, who improved to 16-0 this fall after going 35-4 as a 10U team during the spring and summer. Coached by former Major League pitcher Shawn Camp, the team has won 45 straight games dating to a 6-5 setback to Maryland’s Olney Pirates in the Mutiny in the Park Tournament on April 14. They have outscored their opponents, 215-54, this fall.
Despite his team’s long winning streak, Camp doesn’t measure its success simply by the outcome of its games. “It’s not always about winning tournaments,” the coach said. “I truly believe in the development of these kids.”
One of Camp’s assistants is Battlefield High School head coach Jay Burkhart. The two also coach together at the Haymarket school, and their sons, Brady Burkhart and Garrett Camp, play on the team.
Bryant James, who was selected last month to next summer’s USA Baseball 12U National Team roster, hit a three-run walk-off homer to beat Pennsylvania’s ASBA Westchester, 5-2, in the semifinals after the Stars had piled up 40 runs in convincing victories over their first three games. He finished the tournament 7-for-12 with three homers and 10 RBI. Ethan Hudson and Owen Peltier also had big weekends at the plate, with Hudson going 5-for-12 with three homers and nine RBI and leadoff man Peltier going 7-for-11 with 10 runs, a home run and five RBI.
The Stars will play this weekend at the Top Gun Winter World Series in North Carolina, then will participate in the GMBL Halloween Havoc in Manassas the following weekend and finish the year at the Ripken Baseball Veteran’s Day Tournament in Aberdeen, MD, the second weekend in November.
Division I Commits O’Connor, Smith, Triantos Help Diamond Skills to Quarters at PG WWBA Sophomore World Championships
Three area players committed to Division I programs helped the Maryland-based Diamond Skills Dodgers advance to the quarterfinals at the Perfect Game WWBA Sophomore World Championship in Fort Myers, FL.
Arlington’s Jack O’Connor (Virginia), Ashburn’s Evan Smith (West Virginia) and McLean’s James Triantos (North Carolina) led Diamond Skills to a sweep of its three pool play games - outscoring its opponents, 31-1 - then to a 3-2 win over Iowa Select Black 2021 before falling in the quarterfinals, 5-2, to 5 Star National Black 16U.
O’Connor, Smith and Triantos each attend St. John’s Collegiate High School in D.C. Two other Northern Virginia players, Broad Run’s Connor Hale and Yorktown’s Nathan Knowles, also played with Diamond Skills at the tournament.
Elijah Lambros (Stafford), J.T. Carter (Bishop O’Connell) and Daniel Love (Bishop O’Connell), meanwhile, helped the Richmond Braves National 2021 advance to the quarterfinals before falling, 3-1, to the eventual tournament champion, Florida’s Elite Squad.
Marucci Stars 16U Carroll was unable to advance to bracket play after dropping a 3-0 decision to an eventual semifinalist, Florida’s Hit Factory Pro. The Stars won three of their four games at the 82-team tournament. Grant Barberich (Heritage) went 6-for-10 and Adam Kuzmicki (Battlefield) was 5-for-12 with three doubles for the Stars, which had 14 of its 17 players hail from Northern Virginia schools.
Stars Sweep 13U, 14U Brackets at Complete Game Fall Championship
Two Marucci Stars teams, 13U Steinberg and 14U Morabito, claimed championships at the Complete Game Fall Championship in Prince William County over the weekend.
Stars 13U Steinberg (9-2) swept its four games at the tournament, winning both pool play on Saturday and posting an 8-5 win over the Loudoun South Eagles 13U in the semifinals and an 10-7 win over the Virginia Cannons 13U in the championship game on Sunday.
Stars 14U Morabito (11-1-1) swept its two pool play games on Saturday, then beat the Prime Time Aces 14U, 12-0, in the quarterfinals and the MVP Terps 14U National, 7-3, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game, where it defeated Stars 14U Colangelo, 14-1.
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