When asked about the BIB tournament’s rich history, Chesterfield Baseball Club (CBC American) coach Chad Kannon pointed out there had been more BIB tournaments than Super Bowls. While that first Super Bowl was an important part of sports history as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10, it wasn’t nearly as suspenseful as the 57th rendition of the BIB tournament.
This year CBC American defeated CBC National in seven innings as Corey Adams drew a walk-off base on balls to secure the 4-3 victory and the fourth straight BIB tournament crown for CBC.
“There’s good baseball in Chesterfield County,” said Kannon. “We manage to bring out the best in these kids, it’s a great organization.”
CBC National’s Christian Chambers started the scoring off with a two-run blast in the top of the 4th. In the bottom of the 5th, CBC American’s Cole Peck hit a bases loaded single that cut the deficit to 2-1. The next half-inning, Chambers answered that single with an RBI single of his own, making it 3-1 CBC National.
That’s when things got interesting. Corey Adams stepped in the bottom of the 6th and socked a triple that scored Ty Garner for CBC American. That was followed by an RBI single by Peyton Kannon that tied the game. CBC National reliever Zane Eggleston, with the aid of a base running error was able to stop the bleeding and force extra innings, tied at 3.
Bronco World Series standout Jay Woolfolk came on and quieted the CBC National bats in the top of the 7th with a 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the 7th, Peck led off with a triple. After two intentional walks to Woolfolk and Garner, the team’s power bats, Adams worked the game-winning walk.
This year’s BIB MVP went to CBC American’s Cole Peck who finished the tournament with a .384 batting average with a home run and five RBI’s. In his only pitching appearance, he picked up the win and struck out 10 batters.
“He’s a real quiet player and understands the game as an 11 year old,” said Kannon. “He doesn’t let a lot of things bother him,” Kannon continued. “A lot of kids wear things on their shoulders after they make an error, not him – he’s a different type of player.”
The tournament victory was not only the fourth straight for CBC, but the fifth in the last seven years, with CBC American winning three and CBC National taking back-to-back crowns in 2012 and 2013. The last team from somewhere other than Chesterfield or the Tidewater area won was in 2000, when the host Colonial Heights Optimist team was victorious.
The Matoaca Indians also had a great tournament, finishing in third place. They opened the tournament with a 12-9 victory over Prince George National and advanced to the semi-final by forfeit. Despite a tough loss to CBC American 18-0 in the semi-final, the team was able to fight back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Virginia Diamonds in the third place game. Marcus Dreher delivered the knock-out punch with a two-run home run to take the lead.