Revolution 12s win 59th BIB tourney in Colonial Heights

The Williamsburg Revolution 12-and-under team won the Boys Invitational Baseball Tournament Saturday night at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights.

Williamsburg edged Southampton/Sussex 2-0 for the title.

Jayden Allen's two-run home run proved to be the difference. He took home tourney MVP honors with a .636 batting average and three home runs, helping his cause with 28 strikeouts on the mound over 11 innings pitched.

Revolution manager Brent Whitaker earned the Roland Fontaine Coaches Award.

The winning players of the Revolution were Bobby Wilson, Kevin Cole, Jayden Allen, Paul Williams, Devin Cauthorne, Logan Koselke, Aiden Barry, Jayden Jones, Gabby Delgado, Seth Dunn and Price Whitaker.

Bobby Wilson and Tony Koselke joined Whitaker in coaching the side.

Tidewater topped Colonial Heights for third place in the 59th edition of the annual tournament, which welcomed 16 teams from around the state.

"I think it's remarkable to have 59 years in a row, never missed a year," BIB tournament director David Wells, told the Progress-Index before the tournament. "They like to play somebody different, so that's why it's so good to get these teams from Williamsburg ... Tidewater and Staunton to come because it's people that they don't know and haven't played before (and they get to) see what the competition's like in other parts of the state."

Wells said improvements continue to be made to Shepherd Stadium. "… Underneath the lights and being announced – We try to treat them, like I've told guys before, you almost try to treat them like Major League teams. I love to see the expression on the kids' faces when they come in for the first time and have never been here."

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