Belton Longhorns win Belton Youth Baseball tournament
Sunday, 29 April 2012 by Chuck Kelly
Belton, Texas is known statewide for it's youth baseball culture and support for the many youngsters who go from T-ball to high school and university varsity teams. Many have received a college education because of the scholarships offered them to play baseball. A number have earned paid-educations at Division I universities and some have had the opportunity, honor and thrill of being drafted into the professional ranks. It begins for most with the Belton Youth Baseball Association.
The BYBA staged its Senior-Midget Pre-Season Tournament in Heritage Park March 30-April 3 for the 10-11 year-old players.
The Belton Longhorns, sponsored by Cook Auto Group, not only won the tournament championship but won it in a dominating way. The team ran thru six other teams, scoring a total of 76 runs while allowing only one --- that's right --- ONE score from their tournament opponents.
There were a number of big plays from the little guys; Brian Shadrick smashed a homerun to help the Longhorns go to the Tuesday night title game and Nate Clay rocked a two-base hit to help his team secure a tournament victory. There were a number of other offensive and defensive highlights.
The Belton Longhorns are coached by head coach Scott Shadrick and assistant coaches BJ Scheible, Michael Woytek and Amber Pine and surely will be the team to watch in this summer's action.