The VBC Literacy Classic Youth Baseball Tournament, held April 1, was a huge success. Seventeen teams from Clinton, Southside, Harrison, Quitman, Center Ridge, Concord and Pangburn enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on Saturday, April 1 playing baseball. The parking lots were full at both the City Park softball fields and the Clinton School fields as an estimated crowd of over 500 family members and friends watched over 200 young players in 6U, 8U, 10U and 12U divisions compete for the championship. Games were being played all day long at both fields. With over 50 coaches, 12 umpires, 50 Literacy Council volunteers working the concessions, and many City of Clinton workers helping, it was truly a community effort. Many people commented that they were glad Clinton had a local tournament and they were looking forward to more of these in the future.


12U Championship Team: Clinton Cardinals


Coaches: Jason Johnson, Lee Emberton, Billy Bannister, Kevin Witt


Players: Titus Johnson, Brady Emberton, Spencer Bannister, Nathan Witt, Colton Honeycutt, Colby Stewart, Tyler Robinson, Harley Tobin, Landon McNabb, Colter Davis, Randy Proffitt, Wyatt Winchester


12U Second Place Team: Clinton Yellowjackets


Coaches: Brian Henderson, Chad Brown


Players: Brady Horton, Dawson Burgess, Sam Brown, Hunter Huett, Brayson Littell, Nathan Ross, Sam Solomon, Tyler Thormann, Tristen Treece, Zane Widener, Daniel Williams


10U Championship Team: Harrison Athletics


Coaches: Ryan Rylee, Joey Phillips, Dan Benton


Players: Hayden Martin, Zion Fultz, Carter Phillips, Deakon Woehl, Peyton Reese; Middle L to R: Geren Crockett, Owen Strode, Cole Cecil, Grady Benton, Caleb Rorie


10U Second Place Team: Quitman Bull dogs


Coaches: Cole Stacy, Doug Stacy, Cody Savoie


Players: Christian Broadaway, Caden Calhoun, Carson Halcomb, Colton Lane, King Lawson, Hayden Milam, Levi Phillips, Zane Pierce, Dominic Pratt, Ethan Savoie, Brian Treat, Landon Tully, Julian West, Lee Wildman


8U Championship Team: Clinton Smash Brothers


Coaches: Wade Wherry, Jason McNabb, Steve Jones


Players: Justin Scarberry, Colson Clute, Cole Wherry, Keegan Rose, Luke Westfall, Garrett Green, Sage Carlo, Harold McNabb, Hayden Jones, Tyler Proffitt, Trevor Burgess


8U Second Place Team: Southside Hornets


Coaches: Brian Pennington, Adam Lenard, Bridget Lenard, Derick Fortenberry


Players: Caleb Pennington, Carson Pennington, Zeke Lenard, Griffin Fortenberry, Parker Wells, Cayden Duncan, Sam Smith, Luke Wilson, Ballard Hall, Kayson Watkins, Jacob Barnes


6U Championship Team: Clinton Stingers


Coaches: Tom Westfall, Donnie Bates, Matt Stewart, Chris Bates


Players: Cadence Warren, Abel McKnight, Jax Hink, Isaiah Long, Owen Westfall, Hunter Watson, Lance McNabb, Aaron Leslie, Gus Stewart, Luke Bates, Logan Bates


6U Second Place Team: Southside Chaos


Coaches: Clint Linn, Sam Wilson, John Simmons, Jarin Mathews, Shane Newman


Players: Beau Mathews, Logan Linn, Luke Acre, Sawyer Wilson, Seth Simmons, Brayden Newman, Rowdy Wooten, Easton Lankford, Bryson Black, Logan Valentine, Logan Marshal