The Virginia Squires 8U and 14U Navy teams participated in the NC GameOn Sports GameOn Ring Main Event over the weekend.
The 8U Squires earned the No. 2 seed in the gold bracket, but fell short on Sunday morning. The 14U Navy team came into bracket play on Sunday as the No. 5 seed in the gold bracket and were one win away from playing in the championship game.
The 8U Squires went undefeated in pool play of Saturday, defeating the Carolina Thunder 9-4 in their first game and the North Wake Bombers 17-2 in their second game. But the Squires fell to the No. 3 seed Clayton Railroaders 15-5 in their first game of bracket play on Sunday, eliminating them from the tournament.
The 14U Squires went 1-1 in pool play on Saturday, defeating JOCO Baseball 10-2 and falling to Tri State Arsenal 5-1. They earned the No. 5 seed in the gold bracket where they defeated the No. 4 seed Mid Atlantic Orioles 2-0 to move on in bracket play. They were set to take on the No. 1 seed Riptide Gold on Sunday afternoon and the winner of that game would play for the championship.
In the Squires’ first game on Saturday against JOCO Baseball, Nathan Centers pitched five strong innings, allowing only one hit and two runs while striking out seven and walking only one batter.
Aaron Crutchfield led the way for the Squires at the plate with three hits and driving in three runs. Colin Mabe had two hits and Mason Lovern, Eli Seamster, Centers, Conner Crutchfield, Colin Kennedy and Brian Cole each added one hit apiece.
Lovern, Seamster, Centers and Cole each had a RBI in the game.
In the second game on Saturday against Tri State Arsenal, the Squires only managed four hits and one run in route to a 5-1 loss.
Conner Crutchfield had two hits for the Squires and Junior Powell and Lovern added one apiece. Lovern’s double in the fourth inning drove in the Squires only run.
Aaron Crutchfield pitched 3.2 innings allowing three runs on three hits and striking out five. Cole pitched 1.1 allowing two runs on two hits and striking out one. Lukas Newton pitched one inning, striking out one batter and giving up no runs or hits.
On Sunday morning the Squires took on the No. 4 seed Mid Atlantic Orioles to move to the semifinals of the tournament. The Squires shutout the Orioles by a score of 2-0 with a strong effort on the mound by Paul Irby with Newton closing things out.
Irby pitched four innings giving up no runs on two hits and striking out five batters. Newton pitched the last inning and struck out two batters and didn’t give up a hit.
The Squires scored both of their runs in the top of the third. Conner Crutchfield led off the inning with a single. Lovern ran for Crutchfield, and he stole second base. Irby singled to right field bringing Lovern home to go up 1-0.
A Mabe groundout to first scored Jacob Runion who was running for Irby. That would be all the Squires needed behind a strong performance on the mound.
The win sent the Squires to the semifinals to take on the top-seeded Riptide Gold. The game had not been completed at press time Sunday and results from the game will be in Wednesday’s edition.