Avon Lake/Avon/Sheffield Lake
Courtesy of North Coast Vipers
The 10U North Coast Vipers baseball team won its age division in the Wellington Memorial Day tournament. The Vipers had seven home runs in a 16-1 championship game win over the Ohio Hit Club.
The team is comprised of players from four counties, including Brennan Dickey from Avon and Michael Weber from Sheffield Lake, and five from Avon Lake (Nick Buttari, Aidan Grabowski, Alex Harrington, Jared Krukowski and Kevin Pincura) .
Harrington led the Vipers hitting with two home runs in the championship game. Ben Bliss, Peyton Wilson, Trent Sexton, Pincura and Patrick Conroy also added home runs in the game.
Bliss earned tournament MVP honors with his work on the mound and at the plate. He pitched a total of six innings, allowing only four runs and striking out seven. Bliss was 6-for-11 with two home runs and a double in the tournament.
Leading Vipers hitters included Harrington (8-for-10, three home runs, one double), Conroy (6-for-11, two home runs, one double), Pincura (7-for-10, two home runs, three doubles, one triple), Brennan Dickey (6-for-9, three doubles) and Grabowski (7-for-13, two doubles).
Krukowski hit a two-run shot and added to the Vipers’ home run total of 12 for the tournament. Weber and Chris Jackson added solid work on the mound. Buttari contributed to the Vipers’ championship with great effort in the field.