The South Brunswick Black 11U baseball team on Saturday won the 2012 Cal Ripken District 9 Championship beating a well coached East Brunswick Bears team 13-0. The win brings the Vikings to their next goal, which is to participate in the 2012 Cal Ripken State Championships to be held in Flemington.
This achievement comes on the heels of having won all four pool games vs the Monroe Falcons, South Plainfield Bombers, Edison and East Brunswick Bears.
The Vikings scored a combined total of 39 runs and only let up 14 runs throughout the championship. The pool games had solid pitching and fielding performances.
"The entire defense for the Vikings showed great composure and never thought twice about losing a game" said manager Andrew Goldsmith.
The Vikings also had a solid hitting performance during pool play (four home runs), delivering 39 hits in four games while allowing only 15 hits.
The Vikings played the championship versus the East Brunswick Bears, who came off a fantastic win against North Brunswick in a playoff game the night before.
The Vikings got on the scoreboard early by putting four runs up quickly in the first inning and never looked back, by delivering five runs in the second inning and another six runs in the third inning.
The Vikings again had a solid pitching performance facing 12 batters in four innings. They struck out six batters and let up no hits and no runs to end the game by a score of 13-0, with the mercy rule in effect and another big achievement by pitching a perfect game.
"For a group of 11-year-old athletes to play as hard as they did against some great competition shows they are true champions. The boys are having a blast there is a great camaraderie and cohesiveness across the team," Goldsmith said. "This was a true all-out effort by all 12 of the boys and they are true champions!"