The 14U Virginia Squires from Halifax were the gold division champions and another local team, the Southside Panthers, were the 12U runners up over the weekend in NC GameOn Sports King of the Diamond tournament.

The tournament featured more than 30 teams at the Day Complex in South Boston and at the Cluster Springs Ball Park.

The Virginia Squires capped off a perfect weekend on the diamond by defeating the Riptide 14U team 13-1 in the championship game.

The Squires earned the top seed in bracket play when they went undefeated in pool play. They defeated the River City Redbirds 7-6 in the opening game and the HYAA Hawks 6-3 in their second game in Pool A. The Squires then defeated the Hawks on Sunday in the semi-finals 9-8 to advance to the championship where they took down Riptide to capture first place and their championship rings.

The 12U Southside Panthers also had a big weekend, only losing one game, but it happened to be the championship game. The Panthers started off pool play on Saturday by defeating the Diamond Life Athletics 24-6 and the Top Hand Reds 12-9. The Panthers entered bracket play on Sunday as the two seed and defeated the Diamond Life Athletics 8-0 to advance to the championship game. The Panthers fell to the RBA South Young Guns 11-3.

It was a solid weekend for both teams as they combined for a 7-1 record in the two-day tournament.

This made the third weekend in a row that NC GameOn Sports brought a tournament to Halifax County. This weekend the GameOn Summer Super Regional will be held in South Boston and close to 30 teams have already signed up for that tournament. The following weekend of Aug. 1-2 South Boston will host the Battle for the Title Belt.

That will make five weekends in a row that NC GameOn Sports has come to Halifax and with them brought along teams, families and coaches that have utilized the local hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other local businesses and helped provide much needed money to these entities that haven’t seen the normal influx of tourism money due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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