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Stilly Valley Little League holds Minor Division Championship


Andrew Hines

Rivercats' Lucas Watts jumps over the Blackout's first baseman, Kyle Edmonds, as he tries to push in the winning run at Bill Quake Park on May 30.

The Stilly Valley Little League held its Minor Division Championship between the Team Lenius Rivercats and the Team Dunc Blackout on May 30.

Both teams came out with a strong pitching effort as the game remained scoreless after the first inning. In the top of the second the Blackout managed to string together a few hits and put up two runs in order to create an early lead. Team Dunc continued to roll as they scored two more runs in the fourth, while maintaining their shutout.

In the bottom of the fourth the Rivercats turned the game from a blowout, to a surprisingly tight battle as they went off for four runs and the tie. In the next inning, the Blackout put together a few hits to get one run and that turned out to be just enough as Team Dunc walked away with the 5-4 victory.

"We had to play four games all together and the kids just pounded it out and found a way. They stayed together as a team, stayed positive and focused for six innings. No matter what the score, I just ask that they battle every time and they did that throughout the tournament. They came together at the right times and I am proud of them," said Blackout Head Coach Greg Dunc.

Blackout's Rylan Dunc closed out the second half of the game from the mound as he pitched four innings with seven strikeouts. He also contributed heavily from the plate as he added one hit, one run, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Andrew Hines

Ian Lenius throws another strikeout for the Team Lenius Rivercats as they fight for the championship agains the Team Dunc Blackout at Bill Quake Park on May 30.

Dylan Durfee and Camden Schmidt also helped in the Blackout's win as they combined for two hits, one run, two RBIs, a stolen base and a triple.

"We preached two things all season, and that is attitude and effort. That's the key because the kids don't let anything get them down, come back and keep their heads up. Baseball is a game of failure, you're going to strikeout and fail but you need to battle back and keep going," said Rivercats Head Coach Jason Lenius.

The Rivercats' Ian Lenius took control of the game from the mound as he started the game, pitched four innings and threw 10 strikeouts. Lenius also added on one hit, one run and a triple.

From the plate, no one sparked the Rivercat offense quite like Jackson Gates. In the fourth inning, he managed to hit a double which drove in three of the four game tying runs.


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