Keyser Outlaws 11u team takes first in tournament
By Chapin Jewell
KEYSER - One weekend ago, the Keyser Outlaws 11u squad battled hard to take second place in their inaugural tournament of the season.
As coach Kelly Madden stated, “The 11 u Outlaws showed they didn’t enjoy finishing in second place last weekend.”
How so? By finishing in first place this weekend in the Backyard Brawl II Tournament near Pittsburgh, that’s how.
Typically speaking, the Backyard Brawl II Tournament takes place in Morgantown at the newly renovated Mylan Park, along with local and college fields in the upper age divisions. This year, with the delayed opening in West Virginia, the tournament was moved to the Pittsburgh area.
On Sunday, the Outlaws beat the New Castle Storm of Pennsylvania 16-4 to win the tournament championship. “Backyard Brawl II, what a great name for a tournament when a West Virginia team defeats a Pennsylvania team for the championship,” Madden added.
“This was our first time playing in a tournament format where only the top four seeded teams from Saturday got to play for a championship on Sunday. It made Saturday’s games much more important to win,” Madden stated. “Our boys responded well and the bats came alive.”
Did they ever. Kohen Madden hit five home runs, Kane Williams hit three home runs, and John Delaney hit one home run, a grand slam after Flood City intentionally walked the clean up hitter to load the bases.
In Saturday action, the 11u Outlaws dominated the Pittsburgh Diamond Dawgs Gold, winning by a score of 13-1. In the second game on Saturday, the Outlaws fell to Flood City Elite in a nail biting, 10-9 contest.
In opening round action on Sunday, the Outlaws got revenge over Flood City Elite when it counted, avenging their 10-9 loss on Saturday to topple Flood City Elite 11-7 in the tournament semi-finals. The next game is where they defeated New Castle Storm 16-4 to take the tournament title with a record of 3-1 for the weekend.
“These boys continue to grow as players and young men. I’m extremely proud of these young men and enjoy every minute of coaching them,” Madden stated.
With one second place and now one first place finish under their belt, the Keyser Outlaws 11 u squad will return to action two weekends from now when they travel to Hurricane, West Virginia for their third tournament of the season.