The Lewis County Baseball Association played host to 16 teams in three divisions over the weekend for the very first Stonewall Jackson Bat Wars Classic at the youth baseball complex in Butchersville.
Teams from around the area, and as far away as Pittsburgh played through two days worth of pool play and a one day of elimination play in 12U, 10U and 8U divisions. The event saw a total of 29 games over the three days of the tournament.
After the dust had settled the 12U division crown was taken home by the Renegades, a team from the Pittsburgh area. 10U winners were the Young Guns from Parkersburg. The Bridgeport Tribe captured the crown in 8U division play.
The event also featured a home run derby with Brayden Carder of the LC Elite Team winning the 12U division. Carder hit four dingers in the first round tying him with two other contestants, and hit three homers in the tie breaker to win it all.
The tournament functioned as a fundraiser for the local PONY league with a $5 per carload entry fee and concessions, including breakfast, available throughout the weekend.
Baseball association board member and 12U LC Elite coach Chris Jeffries deemed the event a success saying that it was able to help raise funds and served to show that the association could pull off a multi-county tournament at the facility after an attempt was made in 2015 that did not go well.
Lewis Baseball Association President Matt Mckee praised the volunteers who he said made the event a success. McKee noted that many volunteers were there, from 6 a.m. on Saturday until just before 9 p.m., only to put in more hours on Sunday. Mckee also added that events of this nature always needed more volunteers, and encouraged anyone who had the time to come out and volunteer in the future.
Jeffries was also looking to the future saying that the association was looking to host as many as three tournaments next year. Jeffries also thanked volunteers and said it was the boards mission to grow youth baseball in Lewis County.