After visiting teams took the Bronco World Series crown the first three years the tournament was in town, Chesterfield Baseball Clubs (CBC) took its first last summer defeating Torrance, California. It didn’t take long for a second crown as the organization made it two championships in a row as they dispatched Mexico 15-4 in the final last Sunday afternoon.
“These fifteen kids have so much talent,” said CBC Head Coach David Ray. “It’s hard to get them all the correct amount of playing time based off ability, we had to throw them out there and let them go.”
Letting them go turned out to be a sound strategy as CBC cruised with victories over Lafayette, Indiana (19-0) and Nassau, Bahamas (14-2), also defeating Los Alamitos, California 5-1. Their one blemish was a tightly contested 7-6 loss to Laredo, Texas who fell in the semi-finals to Mexico.
“CBC is a deserving champion,” said Gabriel Hernandez, team administrator for Mexico. “It was 100 percent- very difficult to reach the championship, we were glad to be here.”
A huge reason for CBC’s success was the all-around play of Jay Woolfolk who had a monster tournament, batting .667, reaching base in 13 of 18 plate appearances while hitting a tournament record five home runs (tied with Mexico’s Vidal Sotelo) and knocking in 19 runs. Woolfolk also stole eight bases and pitched a complete game gem against Los Alamitos in the semi-finals, allowing just one run. Cole Peck got the victory on the hill in the championship game.
“He’s [Woolfolk] just an unbelievable athlete,” said Ray. “You’ll be seeing a lot of him, and there’s no telling what sport you’ll be seeing him do great things in.”
Other individual offensive standouts for CBC included Caleb “Rooster” Ray (.583 BA), Peck (.571 BA, HR 4 RBI), Ethan Davis (.417 BA, 5 RBI) and Blake Hugenberg (HR, 4 RBI).
For the Mexico Bronco U11, the trip was just a hop, skip, flight and a 36-hour bus ride. The team arrived in Chesterfield at about 7 a.m. Thursday. The first games were scheduled for 5:30 p.m., but were rained out by the severe thunderstorms that blew through the area.
The two other international teams with long journeys included the Philippines and the Bahamas, but Laredo, Lafayette and Los Alamitos all certainly didn’t face a Sunday drive to get to the tournament.
CBC hosting the Bronco World Series without doubt has been positive for the area, generating sports tourism. The talent of the organization and its success across all age groups speaks volumes to community, as well as the coaches, players and parents involved.
“Chesterfield County has done a lot for these kids,” said Ray. “They’ve built a lot here for the boys,” he continued. “Chesterfield is a hotbed for baseball, and CBC is a big reason for that.”
Starting Thursday, the 12-year-old CBC boys have three teams entered in the Boys Invitational Baseball tournament (BIB), and they are looking to take their fourth straight BIB. Play begins Thursday evening. For schedules, check us out on twitter @VNewsSports.