Four Arlington Babe Ruth travel baseball Storm teams at the 8, 9, 10 and 11-year-old levels won their brackets over the Memorial Day weekend at the Showdown In the Valley tournament in Winchester.
The clean sweep in Winchester by the league was a first for the Arlington Babe Ruth travel program, which has used the showdown as the unofficial start to the summer travel season.
The 8-under Storm defeated Winchester, 12-2, in the championship game. The 9-under Storm downed the Virginia Stars, 11-5, in its final. The 10-and-unders topped Winchester, 9-4; and the 11s team nipped the Lumberjacks, 1-0.
The 12-under tournament was cancelled because of bad weather and poor field conditions.
The Arlington Babe Ruth Aces and select teams also were in action at the Walk The Plank tournament in Olney, Md.
The 8-under Storm won all three of its games by more than 10 runs. Dominic Tamburro belted a three-run homer.
Other players were Ryan DiVincenzo, Luca Feden, Charlie Gay, Clive Gay, Liam Juza, Booker Lawson, Tyler Moss, Harrison Netwall, Danny Sullivan, Jones Tallent and Giorgio Theobald. The coaches were Jones Tallent, Adam DiVincenzo, Neal Lawson, Dave Juza and Chris Netwall.
The 9-under Storm outscored opponents 60-15 on 54 hits in five games, including RBI and runs scored by all players.
Team members were Drew Taylor, Aidan McCracken, Aidan Kaminski, Matt Langley, Shane Campbell, Ryan Cooney, Charlie Quinn, Nicky Socknat, James Miller, Andrew Sacks, Charlie Winburn and Liam Finkel. The coaches were J.P. Cooney, Seth Finkel and Brian Langley.
After dropping their first pool play game, the 10-under Storm buckled down, winning its next four games by a combined 24-7. The key game was an error-free 3-2 win against the same team that bested the Storm earlier.
Players were Joseph Black, George Thompson, Mason Wing, Drew Welch, Coleman Davis, Riku Ogawa, Cooper Lawson, Jack Ingram, Ian Parrish, Christopher Gerardo, Teddy Sennott, Grayson McCarthy and Max Troiano. The coaches were Jimmy Miller, George Karinshak and George Thompson.
The 11-under Storm returned for its third championship game in three years at Winchester. Defense made clutch plays in critical moments, including game-saving diving catches by center fielder Kieran Sacks in both the semifinal and championship games. Top hitters were Jamie Coates, Mason Bodnar, Will Evans, Jack Rubin, and Nathan Menard, who went a collective 20 for 35 with 14 RBI.
Other players were Grant Buckley, Charley Callen, Joey Greenhaus, Luke Harnishfeger, Jack McNair and Ben Taylor. The coaches were Aaron Sacks, Mike Bodnar, Scott Buckley and Jim Menard.