The 10-U Warriors Baseball Club of Charles County, managed by Mike Gordon, came out on top at the season-ending Chesapeake Baseball Association tournament held June 15 and 16 at Bensville Park in White Plains. The Warriors ended the tournament undefeated at 4-0.
The Warriors played host to the division, which is comprised of eight travel baseball teams located throughout Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and Queen Anne’s counties.
The Warriors entered the tournament as the sixth seed and defeated the Catonsville Cubs 26-2 and the Southern Maryland Bulldogs 15-8 during pool play on June 15.
The team landed as the No. 3 seed in the gold bracket heading into the June 16 single-elimination games. Aidyn Mullins was on fire at the plate leading the June 15 offensive onslaught with nine RBIs.
During the semifinals, Warriors dominated on the mound. They racked up 10 strikeouts, allowed only two hits and held their opponent to one run over five innings of play. The 12-1 win was sealed with a grand slam by Connor Todd in the top of the fifth.
The championship game versus the Southern Maryland Bulldogs was equally exciting.
Down 3-2, the Warriors tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the sixth. It all started when Jackson Donnick drew a walk and William Butler advanced pinch runner Ayden Kidd to third with a fly ball to right.
The game was sent into extra innings when Blake Gordon singled with a line drive to right field, scoring Kidd. Despite a strong pitching effort by the Bulldogs, it was the Warriors who were able to score four runs on 12 hits and defeat the Bulldogs 4-3.
Tyler Hancock brought home the victory scoring Aiden Kibler with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth. From the mound, Blake Gordon didn’t allow any runs, holding the Bulldogs in the last four innings of the game.
The Warriors executed both offensively and defensively throughout the tournament. They combined for a total of 57 runs and allowed only 14 over 21 innings of play. The defense was led by Jaiden Tressler catching three out of four games, James Garner in left field and Cameron Swann at first base.
Mike Gordon said he couldn’t be more proud of the team effort, adding “Everyone contributed to our success this weekend.”
This report was submitted by the 10-U Warriors Baseball Club of Charles County.