|Greensboro Bison win 19U baseball title|
|Published Tuesday, August 6, 2019|
RICHMOND, Va. – The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League concluded its 29th annual Inner City Classic championships Sunday at RF&P Park Stadium.
The Baltimore Rattlers won the 16-and-under age group, defeating the Bowie Elite Blacksox, 13-4, in the first game. Alex McCoy blasted a grand slam home run, highlighting the win for Baltimore, coached by Dominic Peters and Stoney Briggs.
In the closing game Sunday, the Greensboro Bison breezed by the Monte Irvin (N.J.) Giants, 14-8, for the 19U championship. Bison coach James “JB” Baynes stated, “Our team came together from Day One of the tournament focused and on a mission.”
Baynes sang the praises of Anthony Alejandro, who, in an 11-3 win over the Richmond Blue Sox the day before, had 13 strikeouts while allowing just one hit and the three runs. In the championship game, Alejandro was credited with the save after striking out three batters in 1.2 innings. His twin brother Andrew is the catcher and, in that game, went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs batted in and eight steals. Andrew also pitched an inning but Michael Teague got the win.
On August 3, MJBL’s Henrico Stars slipped by the New Orleans Monarchs, 14-13, to take the 14U title. The number of hits uncannily matched the score, but it was a walk in the bottom of the seventh and last inning that solidified the victory. Dominant Turner, who drew the winning walk, also batted in a run in the third along with Jorden Olivera and Terrence Rhodes doing the same.
In the 10U division, Freedom Farm Baseball of the Bahamas blanked the D.C. Grays 13-0. Head coach C.J. McKenzie said his team went 4-0 and was powered by pitcher Amare Burrows, who won two games, and Mario Dean and Trae adding one each.
While open to everyone, the MJBL continues to be the only national youth league geared toward inner-city, African American athletes.
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