In the 56th annual Boy’s Invitational Baseball tournament (BIB) sponsored by the Colonial Heights Optimist Club, a unique situation occurred in which two teams from the same association faced each other for the title – CBC (Chesterfield Baseball Clubs) American and CBC Nationals. In a frenetic offensive game, left fielder Parker Wilburn laced a double down the third base line to score the go-ahead run that ignited an eight run sixth inning as the Nationals repeated as BIB champions, winning 16-11.
“I told my wife that I felt like this was going to be one of those 14-13 or 13-12 games,” said CBC Nationals manager Randy Womack. “Those guys fought and fought and wouldn’t give up.”
CBC American scored three runs in the bottom of the 6th as their comeback fell short.
Wilburn doubled home Donovan Murphy to start scoring for the CBC Nationals in the top of the first. CBC American answered with three runs in the bottom half, two scoring on an error and one on a Justice Johnson RBI single.
The CBC Nationals took the lead back in the 2nd inning and extended it out to 8-3 heading into the bottom of the third.
CBC American powered their way back into the game. Third baseman Hunter Vaughan of CBC American hit his first of two home runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 8-5. Justin Starke followed in the fourth with a two-run homer to make it 8-7, and Vaughan’s second home run tied the game at 8 in the bottom of the fifth.
The CBC Nationals would break the game open in the top of the 6th, plating eight runs, capped by a bases clearing double that knocked in three runs by second baseman Christian Chambers.
“We have hit the ball really well,” said Chambers. “We worked together as a team and won.”
Standouts in the game for the CBC Nationals included Chambers, who reached base four times, driving in four runs. Donovan Murphy reached base in each of his five plate appearances with three hits and two walks, and Wilburn finished the game with two doubles, and three RBI. For CBC American, Vaughan and Starke combined for three home runs and five RBI, while Jake Honshanuk and Bailey Burcume drove in two runs a piece.
For CBC Nationals, Murphy collected the BIB best hitter award by hitting .727 for the tournament with five RBI and 13 runs scored. Murphy, along with Chambers was named co-MVP of the tournament. The champions cruised through the BIB bracket, defeating Newport News 12-0 in the first round, on the strength of a no-hitter twirled by Ty Barker, and then totaling 36 runs in the quarter and semi-finals to defeat Staunton and Colonial Heights Optimist Club respectively.
“These guys can hit the ball,” said Womack. “I knew we had a hitting team and if the pitching came around we had a chance at this once- and our pitchers did.”
Christian Chambers has had a big couple of weeks as this was his second most valuable player performance in the past 13 days as he was named MVP of the Bronco World Series that CBC won on July 28.
CBC has a very successful run in the BIB tournament in recent years as they have now won the last three BIB tournaments with CBC Nationals winning this season and last, and CBC American winning in 2011. Another CBC American victory in 2008 makes it four of the last six BIB tournaments for Chesterfield Baseball Clubs.
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