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The Central Coast Vipers 11U Travel Baseball Team poses for a photo Sunday after winning the Championship of the Grand Slam Tournament in Cambria. The team includes (kneeling) Carson Heath; (middle row, from left) Joel Curiel, Spencer Gallimore, Bostin Coleman, Matthew Kovach, Noah Pacheco, Trevor Jure, Michael Gomez, Chandler Lane, Benjamin Wallace; and (back row, from left) coach Brad Lane, Evan Chavez, coach Shane Gallimore and manager Jim Kovach

Nora Wallace, Contributed Photo

The Central Coast Vipers won the Grand Slam Championship in the 11U travel baseball tournament held over the weekend in Cambria.  

The Vipers, with players from Lompoc, Vandenberg Village and Orcutt, won three out of four games to capture the crown.

The Vipers lost Saturday’s first game in pool play 9-7 to the Visalia Legends and then beat the Los Osos Bears 12-7 in their second pool play game.

In Sunday’s semifinal, the team got some payback against Legends, winning 12-10, before defeating the SLO Mustangs 9-7 in the championship game.

Bostin Coleman was named Most Valuable Player by his coaches for the tournament.  

Coleman  went 7 for 11 at the plate with five singles and two doubles in the tournament.

In the championship game, Coleman, Noah Pacheco, Benjamin Wallace and Chandler Lane each had a double while Michael Gomez, Carson Heath and Matthew Kovach each hit a single. Joel Curiel added a pair of singles in the game.

Trevor Jure and Evan Chavez split the pitching duties going three strong innings each in the final.

With the championship, the Vipers qualified for the XDS Baseball World Series in San Diego for the second year in a row.


Senior Sports Reporter