The Benton 12-year-olds defeated Blytheville 8-2 Monday night to win the 12-year-old Southwest Regional Championship and earn a trip to the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series on August 12-19 in Visalia, Calif.
It is the third consecutive regional championship for Benton, which also won the Southwest title as 10 and 11-year-olds. Benton, who hosted the tournament for the first time, allowed just five runs over its four-game run through the tournament at Bernard Holland Park.
Blytheville came through the loser’s bracket to make the championship game.
Benton’s Drew Chilton was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after a triple, scoring two runs and a pair of RBIs. He also picked up the save in the championship game with three innings of scoreless relief.
Buddy Riggan pitched the first three innings and earned the win.
Benton scored three runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth, and four runs in the sixth.