The Williamsburg Youth Baseball League all-stars Revolution 10-year-olds went unbeaten through the Babe Ruth state tournament over the weekend at Stuart Fields in Amissville to qualify for next month's World Series.
Solid defense was most important, but pitching played a major role as well, said Brent Whitaker, one of Revolution's coaches.
"Our pitching strategies worked out extremely well," Whitaker said. "We had a plan for our pitching going into the weekend. And we were able to execute that plan flawlessly, using our pitchers when we anticipated and not having to deviate from that.
"The underlying story was we did not walk very many batters. Our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes and limiting those walks, which in the end helped us a lot."
Williamsburg defeated defending state runner-up Peachtree 10-0 with ace pitcher Luke Hanson logging nine strikeouts and no walks. In the second game against N.E. Augusta, pitcher Paul Williams jumped out to an early 10-1 lead on 29 pitches, with Kevin Cole and Jackson Underwood each pitching two innings in relief for a 12-10 victory.
Game three against defending state champion Glen Allen was the turning point, said team manager Bobby Wilson. His son, Bobby, had a dominating pitching performance with nine strikeouts and one walk over six innings as Revolution prevailed 5-3.
Glen Allen came back through the consolation bracket to meet Revolution in Sunday afternoon's championship game. Williams pitched again for Williamsburg, throwing six innings of the 12-6 victory.
Tournament highlights included every Revolution player having at least one hit in the final game, Kevin Cole's diving catch in center field to kill a Glen Allen rally and end the championship game, and catcher Price Whitaker's work behind the plate despite the heat and humidity.
Hanson was selected tournament Most Valuable Player. Revolution is the first local team to qualify and only the second to play in the World Series, according to Bobby Wilson.
"We just played really good baseball all around, and that comes from the hard work the kids put in in practice and the drills we do," said Lee Underwood, one of the team's coaches.
The World Series is Aug. 9-16 in Winchester.
All-Stars Revolution 11-year-olds finish 2-2
The WYBL all-stars Revolution 11-year-olds beat Peachtree 9-8 Thursday evening and then fell to Glen Allen 4-3 Friday evening at Barcroft Park in Arlington. In consolation play, Williamsburg defeated Herndon 12-2 Saturday morning before being eliminated by Stafford 7-5 that evening.
All-stars Revolution 9-year-olds go 3-2
The WYBL all-stars Revolution 9-year-olds beat Herndon 24-2 Friday, and then fell in the quarterfinals to Arlington 13-3 at Warhill Sports Complex. Williamsburg beat Fluvanna 15-5 Saturday morning and New Kent 7-3 in the afternoon, falling to Shenandoah 6-3 Sunday morning to be eliminated.
Williams can be reached by phone at 757-247-4644.