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Williamsburg baseball all-stars close district play with another title

The Williamsburg Youth Baseball League 11-year-old (70-foot base paths) all-star team joined both of the WYBL 12-year-old squads as Cal Ripken District 1 champions Saturday in Chesapeake.

The Williamsburg 11s beat Deep Creek 17-0 and 11-0 to win the title.

Williamsburg allowed only one hit in eight innings as Brody Schultz and Jacob Lawrence combined for the shutout in Game 1 and Caleb Ammons and Logan Oliver got the shutout in Game 2 with 11 total strikeouts.

An early lead in both games helped propel Williamsburg to victory with everyone reaching base and scoring on the day with 21 combined hits.

Schultz led the way with four hits on the day and Blake Bowmer, Josh Sims and Luke Harlow each added three with one of Bowmer's a home run.

Harlow lit up the base paths with five of the team's 14 stolen bases.

"Everyone on the team contributed at the plate and in the field to capture the victory," head coach Russell Lawrence said.

Williamsburg advanced to the state tournament, which starts July 6 in Glen Allen.

Each of WYBL's 12-year-old teams (60- and 70-foot base paths) will play in the state tournament in Arlington on June 30 and June 29, respectively.

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Williamsburg went 4-1 in district play including an exciting come-from-behind victory in the championship win over Gloucester, ultimately outscoring opponents 51-5.

"It was truly a team effort with all the kids contributing," Williamsburg coach Bryce Lee said, "but Steve Slayton was the leader in terms of innings pitched. He pitched at least one inning in every game. He was one of the leading hitters on the team, too, with 11 hits for the weekend."

Two of those base knocks for Slayton were doubles and one was an inside-the-park home run.

Drew Haltom played every inning at catcher but one and had nine hits while Will Shippey tallied eight hits and pitched four innings of scoreless baseball.

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Williamsburg rolled in its district wins, 16-0 over Denbigh, and 19-2 over Deep Creek.

Justin Smith and Brett Landino combined on the mound in the first game as Smith fanned five batters in 2.1 innings before Braden Dudeck picked up the next win.

Some of the big sticks for Williamsburg included Ryan Terrell (5 hits, RBI), Andy Homer (4 hits, 5 RBI), Sebastian Benitez (4 hits, 5 RBIs), Smith (4 hits, 4 RBIs), Dudeck (3 hits, 4 RBIs), and Noah Conklin (3 hits, 5 RBIs).

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