Friends and family filed into the Day Complex and Cluster Springs Ball Park over the weekend to watch the NC GameOn Sports eighth annual Ring Championship take place.

Teams had staggered start times throughout the day to help keep the crowds thin and teams and fans alike practiced social distancing all in an effort to keep everyone safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The games took place on seven fields in Halifax County and one field in Roxboro, North Carolina. Several local teams played in the tournament and results from the championship bracket were not available at press time.

In the 10U D3 bracket, the Virginia Squires went 2-0 in pool play on Saturday, defeating Purpose Driven and the HYAA Hawks in two exciting games. In the first game against Purpose Driven, the Squires held a five-run lead heading into the final inning but Purpose Driven came back to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The Squires got two runs in the top half of the inning and held Purpose Driven in the bottom half to win the first game.

The second game of the day saw the Squires take on the HYAA Hawks. It was a back-and-forth game where each team took the lead multiple times. As the time limit approached, the Squires had one last at bat with the score tied and they were able to get a run across to get their second win of the day.

The Top Hand Reds were the top seed heading into the championship bracket on Sunday and the Squires were the second seed in the 10U division.

In the 11U open division, the Spartans who finished as runners up last week went 1-1 in pool play. The 11U Virginia Squires were 0-2.

The 12U D3 division featured two local teams with the Southside Panthers going 1-1 and Punishers Baseball going 1-1 as well.

The 13U Virginia Squires went 1-1 in pool play and were set to play in the silver bracket on Sunday.

The 9U Virginia Squires were 0-2 in pool play on Saturday.

Sunday was another day packed full of games with plaques and rings on the line as the teams battled it out in the championship brackets to bring home top prize.

Next weekend is shaping up to be another big week in Halifax for youth travel baseball, as the King of the Diamond tournament will be held here. NC GameOn Sports will be back and as of Sunday there were 34 teams signed up to play in next weekend’s tournament.

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