Richmond Braves Showing No Signs of Sophomore Slump
Since coming together for the first time earlier this year, the 12U Richmond Braves National have seen a great deal of success, and that success has already carried over to their 13U sophomore campaign.
A nationally ranked competitor, the Braves finished their inaugural season on a high note with a 51-4 record, beating the Dirtbags 12U at the Triple Crown Summer Nationals. They took a month off before getting the action in early September winning the Rockwood One Day tournament, and this past weekend took home another first-place trophy at the USSSA Super State Battle for the Rings.
Throughout the tournament, the Braves showed the defensive prowess they’ve become known for, allowing just six runs through five games. Only once did they allow more than one run in a 9-3 victory over the Express Baseball Club.
In bracket play is where the boys really clicked though. In their three elimination games the Braves scored 24 runs and allowed just three.
The championship game was a one-sided affair, as the Braves took on the Chesapeake Rays. Though the Rays had a better stat-line coming into the tournament, the Braves were clearly the better of the two in that game. The Rays, having only allowed three runs all tournament, had no answer for the Braves, who blasted their way to 12 runs, and held the Rays to just one.
Logan Barker led the way with a huge weekend at the plate, blasting 9 hits and driving in 8 RBI. Jacob Steinberg and Wesley Clarke followed suit, driving in 6 runs each while the speedy Kyle Horton stole 9 bases and scored 10 runs from the leadoff spot.
The Braves are now sitting pretty with an 8-0 record early in the 2013 season, and will look to extend their streak at the VA Fall State Championship next weekend in Prince George, VA.