Buoyed by strong pitching and defense as well as timely hitting, the Williamsburg Youth Baseball League 10-year-old all-star team won all five of its games to secure the Cal Ripken state tournament title in Rockville.
Williamsburg capped the tourney victory with a 10-5, extra-inning win over Arlington in the championship game on Sunday. It followed a 10-8 win over Arlington Saturday.
Williamsburg started the double-elimination tournament with a 12-0 victory over Rockville before defeating Winchester 5-0 and maintaining the shutout streak with a 4-0 decision over Stafford.
Williamsburg also won the Don Rose Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the tournament and Brayden Mann was awarded tourney MVP honors.
Next up for Williamsburg is the Southeast Regional tournament starting Tuesday at the Warhill Sports Complex, which will also host the 9-year-old regional event.
The 12-year-old (60-foot base paths) all-stars will also represent WYBL in the regionals, which will start Wednesday in Clemmons, N.C. near Winston-Salem.
The Williamsburg 12s, which claimed the same sportsmanship award in their state tournament, will face Indian River of Florida on Wednesday. Glen Allen, which knocked Williamsburg off in the state tournament final, will also represent Virginia.