In the 55th addition of the Boys Invitational Baseball (BIB) tournament, the CBC National team defeated Newport News last Saturday night 8-4 to secure the tournament crown, becoming the second CBC team to win the BIB in as many years and the third CBC team to win since 2008. Not only did they win the tournament, they did it in dominant fashion.
“In a single elimination tournament you have to come out strong and stay strong,” said CBC National manager Bill Yates. “These guys came out with the hitting and the pitching.”
In the first round, CBC National defeated the Virginia Diamonds 14-0 in four innings by mercy rule, and then handed Staunton an 11-0 defeat in the second round. Leading the way in these games was the BIB tournament’s Most Valuable Player, pitcher Grant Squyars, who allowed just two hits over the first two games, both of which didn’t leave the infield. In the semi-finals, CBC National put up another 11 runs to defeat Dinwiddie National 11-6.
Squyars finished the tournament allowing five runs over 19 innings while striking out 29 batters. In addition, he was the winning pitcher in three of the four games. Squyars also had a .500 batting average and drove in three runs on offense.
“Grant was just a bulldog on the mound,” said Yates. “His location was on, and velocity was good.”
The offensive standouts for CBC National were catcher Chandler Riley, who hit .429 with one home run and six runs batted in; center fielder Kollin Caldwell, who hit .500 with an inside the park home run and four runs batted in; and shortstop Scooter Ray, who hit .333 with a homer and five runs batted in to go with six runs scored. The CBC National offense outscored their opponents 45-10 over four games.
Other local teams that participated in the BIB this year were the CBC Broncos, CBC American and the Matoaca Indians. Both the CBC Broncos and CBC American fell in first round match-ups, while the Indians lost in the second round to finalists Newport News.
The BIB tournament has been an integral part of youth baseball in the area since 1958, and Yates explained that it’s just now starting to sink in that the team is now a part of local history.
“After we won we started to realize that hey – we’re going to be on the program cover next year,” said Yates. “And we’ll always have a blurb in the program; the BIB is an outstanding event that Colonial Heights Parks and Recreation does a great job on.”
After 55 successful years of the tournament, the BIB is both, a historical event and a great, affordable family outing. Here’s to many more BIB tournaments to come.