Central Coast Vipers win Summer Slam Classic

Pictured are members of the Central Coast Vipers after they won the Summer Slam in Arroyo Grande. Pictured, in the front row, is Carson Heath, Trevor Jure, Matthew Kovach and Noah Pacheco. In the middle row is Chandler Lane, Joel Curiel, Spencer Gallimore, Bostin Coleman, Benjamin Wallace, Evan Chavez and Michael Gomez. In the back row is coach Shane Gallimore, coach Brad Lane, coach Trenton Lane and manager James Kovach. Not pictured is Landon Mabery.

The Central Coast Vipers were scorching hot in Arroyo Grande earlier this month.

The team won three of its four games at the Summer Slam Classic Championship at the 11-and-under travel baseball tournament held in Arroyo Grande, claiming the tourney title.

The Summer Slam win gave the Vipers back-to-back tournament championships after they won the Grand Slam Championship held in late July in Cambria. The Summer Slam Classic ran from Aug. 5-6 in Arroyo Grande. The team played in a wood-bat tournament in Simi Valley this weekend.

The Vipers, with players from Lompoc, Vandenberg Village and Orcutt, won the first game in pool play, scoring 13 runs in the top of the first inning against Team Clovis and taking the game 14-0. The Vipers then lost a close game to the Orcutt Kings, 9-8 in their second game on Aug. 5.

In the semifinal game on Aug. 6, the team was matched up against the Orcutt Kings again and this time got a bit of revenge, defeating the Kings 7-6 in another hard-fought battle.

Benjamin Wallace had a triple while Chandler Lane and Trevor Jure each had doubles in that win. Lane also singled, as did Spencer Gallimore, Michael Gomez, Carson Heath, Bostin Coleman and Matt Kovach. Noah Pacheco had a pair of singles. Joel Curiel and Landon Mabery provided the Vipers with consistent defense in the field. Jure and Evan Chavez split the pitching duties, each going three strong innings in the win.

In the championship Game, the Vipers defeated the Central Coast Waves 8-4.

The Vipers were down 4-3 in the top of the sixth and final inning, but rallied for five runs and held on to capture the championship.  Chavez and Gomez each had a pair of singles while Gallimore had a single and double. Heath doubled while Lane and Wallace each singled.

Gallimore had four strikeouts in three innings of work on the mound and Gomez struck out three batters in the final three innings to close out the win.

Wallace was named the tournament's MVP by the Vipers coaches.

The Vipers picked up their fourth championship win of the summer. 

In the Grand Slam Championship, Coleman was named Most Valuable Player by the coaches. Coleman went 7 for 11 at the plate with five singles and two doubles in that tournament.

The team is coached by Shane Gallimore, Brad Lane, Trenton Lane and manager James Kovach.

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