The South Brunswick Black 11-U Travel Team achieved an impressive over the weekend, pitching two one-hitters on the way to winning their first championship this year, by capturing the 11-U 50/70 Marlboro Memorial Day Tournament.
The Vikings outscored their opponents by 16 runs in just five games. Two of those games were called early due to the 10-run mercy rule. The boys played hard in the Memorial Day tournament and went 3-0, beating some great teams in pool play, such as the Marlboro Mustangs Gold and the Brooklyn Bombers.
This entitled the boys to enter the semi-final round, where they faced the Marlboro Mustangs Blue. The Vikings ended the game early, again winning by the 10-run mercy rule.
The boys played a tight game and never gave up, winning 15-5 and advancing to the championship versus a well coached Brooklyn Bomber team.
In the grand finale game, the Vikings jumped on the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second inning. Brooklyn continued to battle against the 11-U Vikings and put up one run in the third inning.
It wasn't until the 5th inning, when the Vikings put some good pressure on Brooklyn to get one run in and to take the lead. In the top of the 6th Brooklyn came back and loaded the bases with one out.
Fortunately, the Vikings turned a costly mistake into a double play to end the game, as they captured the Championship beating Brooklyn 2-1.
"For a bunch of 11 year old kids to play as hard as they did against some great competition shows they are true champions," said manager Andrew Goldsmith. "All the boys have contributed in one way or another for this championship."
The Vikings continue their successful tournament season as they are currently 6-1 in the Central Jersey Baseball League and hope to capture another CJBL championship.