Local Area Baseball Team Wins St. Louis West Athletic Association Tournament

The Vipers consist of players from the Franklin County area, including New Haven.

Pictured Back row:  Roel Flores, Ryan Hoerstkamp, August Panhorst, Brynner Frankenberg, Andrew Dyson, and Brandon Bergner.  Front row: Tanner Sloan, Spencer Breckenkamp, Mason Kauffield, Tate Hendricks, and Gavin Mueller.

The Vipers are coached by AAron Roettering, Evan Roettering, and Tori Panhorst and managed by Scott Mueller. (Photo courtesy of Tori Panhorst)

BALLWIN, Mo. - Last weekend on Sunday April, 12 the Vipers went 5-0 to take first place in the St. Louis West Athletic Association (STLWAA) baseball season opener (12 & under age group ) tournament in Ballwin, Mo.

The Vipers kicked off the tournament on a rainy Wednesday night with a 12-4.  Friday night they cruised to an easy 15-0 win as August Panhorst (New Haven) pitched a three inning shutout. Friday’s win secured them the number 1 seed, heading into the weekend’s bracket play.

The Vipers would win their first two games on Sunday, 13-3 and 10-4, which placed them in the championship game.

In the championship game the Vipers would rally on the shoulders of Panhorst, who went four and a third before Gavin Mueller came in and closed it out as the Vipers held on to a 6-4 win and a great start to their season.

Congratulations and best of luck throughout your season.

This year the Vipers are sponsored by Comprehensive Eye Care, First State Community Bank, Los Cabos, and Imos Pizza all of Washington.

They would like to express their appreciation to these businesses for their support and generosity and making it possible for them to play baseball.