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2018 Pinto 8U Coach Pitch International Baseball Classic

Welcome to the information site for the 2018 Pinto 8U Coach Pitch International Baseball Classic. We hope you will take a few minutes to look around the site and come and enjoy a few days of great PONY Baseball with us.

The tournament will be held in Mt. Vernon, Illinois July 19-21 at Cusumano Sports Complex (11807, County Rd 1160 N, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864). July 18 will be the report date for all teams. July 22 (Sunday) will be used as a rain day. There will be a picnic for all players, coaches, parents, and fans on Wednesday July 18 at 5:00 PM. We are planning on having teams from around the world play in this tournament. We will take the first 16 teams and then will have a waiting list, if needed. To view the game schedule, click here.

The cost of the tournament is $200.00 for all teams. The size of the tournament may change depending on the number of teams that request to play. The tournament rules can be found here or on the PONY North Zone website --> Publications --> 2018 Pinto 8U Coach Pitch International Baseball Classic Championship Rules.

We will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place banners for both the Championship round, as well as the Consolation tournament.

If you are interested in playing in this annual event please contact Steve Miller at or Randy Crompton at To access the tournament registration form, click here.

Things to do:

Mt. Vernon is in the southern part of the state of Illinois and is easy driving distance from St. Louis, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana. Chicago, IL is approximately four hours north of Mt. Vernon. Mt. Vernon, IL has two major Interstates that intersect the city, I 57 and I 64. Interstate I 24 is only 50 miles south of Mt. Vernon on Interstate I 57. Mt. Vernon has 1227 hotel rooms, over 60 restaurants, and a Water Park near the ball fields.

Mt. Vernon is just minutes from some of the finest outdoor recreation in the Midwest, the Rend Lake Recreation area, that offers a fishing, boating, golfing, and hunting paradise for the outdoor enthusiast.

Cultural offerings in Mt. Vernon include the magnificent Cedarhurst Center for the Arts complex that features the art museum, sculpture park, programs and events including the nationally acclaimed Cedarhurst Craft Fair held each fall on the weekend after Labor Day. The Jefferson County Historical Village offers a look back into the history of the settlers of the area and their lifestyle with authentic log cabins and a museum interpretive center.

Other attractions include the Appellate Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln represented clients, the C. E. Brehm Library with its impressive genealogy collection, plus acres of public parks, golf courses, raceway, winery, and much more.

Marion, Illinois is approximately 40 mile south of Mt. Vernon on Interstate I 57. The city of Marion has many things to offer as well. There are many hotels located in Marion. Marion is also home to the Southern Illinois Miners Baseball Team. The team is part of the Frontier League, and plays at Rent One Park, at the intersection of Interstate I-57 and Route 13.

St. Louis offers many exciting attractions as well. Come see the St. Louis Arch, the Gateway to the West, Six Flags theme park, Ballpark Village, the St. Louis Zoo, Grant's Farm, and many other attractions. Nashville, Tennessee is approximately 3 hours away, Memphis, Tennessee is approximately 3.5 hours away, and Louisville, Kentucky, home to the Louisville bat factory is approximately 3.5 hours away. All of these can be great vacation spots.


Look back on 2017

Dates: July 20-22
Mt. Vernon, Illinois

It was a sensational second annual Pinto 8U National Championship at Cusumano Sports Complex in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, as 70 games were played in a matter of three days, featuring teams from PONY's East, North and Caribbean Zones. But after overcoming a 12-11 pool play loss to 2016 finalist Washington, Pennsylvania, Chesterfield, Virginia won four-consecutive games, including a 14-3 victory in the championship game of the championship bracket to win the Pinto 8U 2017 National Championship.

Championship Game recap: Chesterfield, Virginia 14 Lexington, Kentucky 3

Lexington entered the championship game undefeated with four final day wins by six runs or more, while Chesterfield overcame a competitive 10-7 first championship bracket match against Aruba, to then beat Summerfield, North Carolina by 10 runs, to meet up with Lexington for the title. Chesterfield started off the game with a proverbial bang, as Matthew Hartsfield led off the game with a double and Braeden Shores advanced him to third base on a single. Cason Chambers knocked in Hartsfield with a single to left to make the score 1-0, and then a Grayson Morris single scored Shores from second. Jackson Bunn crushed a double to centerfield, scoring Chambers and Morris also beat the throw home to increase Chesterfield's lead to 4-0. Three-consecutive outs then ended the inning.

Lexington went down in order in the first, but cut into the Chesterfield lead in the second when Duncan Sweet scored Donovan Griggs on a ground out (4-1). In the top of the third, the Chesterfield bats once again came alive, as a leadoff triple by Shores resulted in a run when Chambers hit a sacrifice fly to right field (5-1). Morris singled and then scored on a Bunn triple that was hit hard down the third base line (6-1). Virginia's Thomas Lipscomb, Jr. grounded out to Kentucky's pitcher Jaxson Leugers, but Bunn beat the throw home to score the last run of the inning (7-1). 

Chesterfield continued to add to its lead in the top of the fourth, when Shores came through, once again, singling home Matthew Thompson to make it 8-1 Virginia. Chambers scored Hartsfield during his next at-bat, a ground ball single through the infield, completing the scoring for the inning (9-1 Chesterfield). Lexington showed life in the bottom on the fourth when Luis Alejandro Zamora led off the inning with a double and Griggs moved him to third with a single, but a double play on a fly out to center field and then a ground out ended the Lexington scoring threat.

Six-consecutive Chesterfield singles, a triple and then another single by Shores led to a 14-1 Chesterfield lead, putting the 10-run rule into effect and giving Lexington one last half inning to score at least four runs. The "Southwest Stampede" showed toughness and relentless grit at the plate, but base running cost them during their potential comeback. Benjamin McFadden led of the inning with a single, but was thrown out at second after the next at-bat, when Grant Evans hit a tweener pop fly single into the shallow outfield. Leugers then singled to center, but he was caught during his run to second base on a ground ball single by Brayden Fitch to third base. Stephen Franklin-Key, IV hit a clutch double to center field, scoring both Evans and Fitch to make it 14-3 Chesterfield, but Asher Gatewood's line out to second secured the Virginia victory and fireworks exploded in the outfield.

As is the case often in coach pitch Pinto play, offense was the name of the game, as both teams combined for 31 hits in the contest. Six Chesterfield batters recorded multi-hit games, and three hitters had multi-RBI in the team's first Pinto 8U National Championship.

STATS: click here.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, PONY tournament officials nominated the following players to the Pinto 8U National Championship All-Tournament Team. Each player received a trophy for their tournament accomplishments:

2017 Pinto 8U National Championship All-Tournament Team
Ayvari Chandler - Washington, Pennsylvania
Marcus Davis - Lawrenceville, Illinois
Jaxton Dees - Waltonville, Illinois
Jaxton Faulkenberry - Herrin, Illinois
Eli Fleming - Murphysboro, Illinois
Asher Gatewood - Lexington, Kentucky
Abran Girten - Carmi, Illinois
Riley Gladwell - Summerfield, North Carolina
Brady Haines - Odin, Illinois
Joshua Harris - Suffolk, Virginia
Luis Hernandez - Bronx, New York
Irvine Maximilian - Aruba
Alexander Meece - Whiteland, Indiana
Grayson Morris - Chesterfield, Virginia
Colin Poat - Paducah, Kentucky
Logan Shelton - Sparta, Illinois
Jaxon Simmons - Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Abrahan Vizcaino - Dominican Republic
Garyson Webb - Vienna, Illinois
Lane Wells - Olney, Illinois


Chesterfield, Virginia - Pinto 8U National Champions

Lexington, Kentucky - Pinto 8U National Finalists

Suffolk, Virginia - Pinto 8U National Third Place Team

Summerfield, North Carolina - Pinto 8U National Fourth Place Team

Carmi, Illinois - Pinto 8U National Consolation Champions

Paducah, Kentucky - Pinto 8U National Consolation Finalists

Whiteland, Indiana - Pinto 8U National Consolation Third Place Team

Murphysboro, Illinois - Pinto 8U National Consolation Fourth Place Team

Final Tournament Scores (links)

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