The NC GameOn Sports Summer World Series took place over the weekend and after its conclusion the summer season officially wrapped up. But there will be plenty of more baseball to come with the fall season starting up following the Labor Day weekend. It was announced on Sunday after the tournament concluded that NC GameOn Sports will hold their fall travel baseball season in Halifax County as the restrictions from COVID-19 have still not allowed them to return to North Carolina to play. 

Several local teams had successful weekends at the Summer World Series as the Virginia Squires 9U team finished as runners up in the silver bracket, and the 12U Virginia Squires also were silver bracket runners up in their division. The Spartans 11U D3 team finished as runners up in the gold bracket in their division. 

The Spartans earned the fourth seed in the gold bracket after winning one game and losing one in pool play on Saturday. When the Spartans entered bracket play on Sunday they were tasked with taking on the top seeded Bear Claws in the semi final game. The Bear Claws had defeated the Spartans by a score of 6-0 on Saturday. 

The Spartans were led by Griffin Bryant on the mound who threw a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts to help lead his team to a 6-0 win to advance to the championship game. T. Throckmorton and D. Compton led the Spartans with two hits a piece in the game. Throckmorton led the Spartans with two runs batted in, followed by Ashton Bowes with one, Compton with one and N. Solomon with one. The Spartans scored three runs in the third and three in the fourth to score all their runs in the middle two innings.

After defeating the top seeded team, the Spartans then took on the second seeded Rise team in the championship game. While the Spartans eventually fell in the championship game by the score of 13-6, the Spartans got a big spark for the team headed into the fall season via the long ball. 

Bowes, Wyatt Carden and Tanner Foushee all hit home runs in the championship game. Even though the end result was not what they were looking for, the players and coaches were all excited to see the looks on the players faces as they rounded the bases after hitting their home runs. 

NC GameOn Sports is off this weekend for the Labor Day holiday and to get ready for the fall season. 

They will be back on Sept. 12-13 with the Southeastern Ring Slugfest. 

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV