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Three Virginia Venom youth baseball teams walked away with tournament championships earlier this month.
The Virginia Venom U9 and U11 baseball teams won their respective age groups during the Pound the Mound tournament that ran April 2 and 3 in Richmond, while the Venom U10 team won the Capital City Invitational in Richmond the same weekend.
Venom U9 Wins Dramatic Championship Game
Virginia Venom’s U9 baseball team defeated Richmond Rockit Sports Blue by a final score of 8-5 in the championship game of the Pound the Mound tournament.
After trailing through the first four innings of the game, Venom battled back and took a one-run lead in the top of the fifth. That lead was short-lived, as Rockit Sports Blue responded to tie the game up in the top of the fifth inning.
With Rockit Sports Blue threatening to score the go-ahead run, Lane Boyette made a diving catch to end the inning tied up at 5-5.
The Venom responded with three runs in the top of the sixth inning and held Rockit Sports Blue scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning to clinch the victory.
Venom U10 Takes Capital City Invitational
Competing against teams from Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, Virginia Venom’s U10 won the Capital City invitational.
Venom’s U10 team defeated Rock Solid Red of Wilmington, N.C., 15-11 in the championship game.
Joey Masiak smacked a home run in the second inning to give Virginia Venom a 5-0 lead. With a solid lead in hand, the Venom were able to withstand an offensive outburst from Rock Solid Red over the final four innings.
With the win, Virginia Venom’s U10 team gets paid entry to the 2016 Virginia State Championship in Yorktown to be played June 4 and 5.
Venom U11 Wins High-Scoring Championship Game
Virginia Venom’s U11 baseball team went undefeated en route to winning the Pound the Mound tournament in Richmond.
After winning game one 17-1 and game two 17-2, Virginia Venom capped off the tournament with a 16-2 win against the Tuckahoe Tigers.
The Venom started the game on a high note, posting eight runs in the first inning to take a substantial lead.
Chandler Goins led the game with an RBI single, which was followed by a bases-loaded walk by Tristen Heisten. Kameron Eggleston continued the run by smacking a two-run single.
With a big lead, Virginia Venom’s U11 squad was able to cruise to victory behind the pitching of William Luck, who allowed two runs over two innings of play.