KEYSER - Two teams representing the same parent organization. Playing on the same weekend but separated by 373 miles and a six and one-half hour drive. That best describes the Keyser Outlaws' 14U and 11U squads over this past weekend.
By Chapin Jewell
KEYSER - Two teams representing the same parent organization. Playing on the same weekend but separated by 373 miles and a six and one-half hour drive. That best describes the Keyser Outlaws’ 14U and 11U squads over this past weekend.
Despite the long-distance separation, both Outlaws squads would finish with identical 5-0 records and return home as tournament champions after slaughtering the competition.
Collectively, the two squads would finish a combined 10-0 and outscore their tournament opponents by a combined tally of 106 runs to 17.
Competing in the eighth annual OC Summer Beach Bash in Ocean City, Maryland, the Outlaws’ 11U squad dispatched their opponents with an overall record of 5-0 and a jaw-dropping run total disparity of 71-9.
The 11U Outlaws opened the tournament with an 18-1 shellacking of York Young Revolution. Game two saw a similar result as the Outlaws toppled Spooky Nook Nook 11U 16-1. This was followed up by a game three, 17-2 win over Delmarva Aces Beach.
In the semi-final game of the tournament, the 11U Outlaws faced their stiffest test against Mid-Atlantic Shockers Kimmel, overcoming a relatively tight contest to claim the 7-3 victory. In the championship matchup with the Calvert Cutters, the Outlaws exploded for seven runs in the first inning, tacked on one more in the second and five more in the third, and yielded only two runs to claim the runaway 13-2, championship victory.
Competing in the Father and Son Tournaments’ Mid Atlantic Regional in Bridgeport, West Virginia, the Outlaws 14U squad equally dispatched their opponents with an overall record of 5-0, outscoring the competition by a decided 35 runs to 8.
The 14U Outlaws opened the tournament with a 10-4 victory over RBI. Game two saw the closest game of the tournament for the 14U Outlaws, but in the end, the Outlaws prevailed in a close, 3-2 decision over the Morgantown Redbirds. Game three was a 12-0 trouncing of RBI.
In the semi-final game of the tournament, the Outlaws experienced another tight, low-scoring game, but prevailed with a 3-1 victory over Bulldog Baseball Club White. In the championship game, the Mon Valley Vipers took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Keyser responded with six runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-1 lead, then tacked on one more run for good measure in the seventh to claim the 7-1, championship victory.
Despite the age differences of the two squads and the fact that they were competing 373 miles apart, both the 11U and 14U squads represented the Outlaws organization with pride in earning the two tournament championships.