Little League teams dominate playoff’s opening weekend

Nathan King and the rest of his teammates on Louisa’s major baseball team were hot at the plate this past weekend. The team won their three games by a combined 46 runs. Photo by Tina Dunivan.

Nathan King and the rest of his teammates on Louisa’s major baseball team were hot at the plate this past weekend. The team won their three games by a combined 46 runs. Photo byf Tina Dunivan.

Whatever is in the water in Louisa, it’s certainly producing some good baseball players.

Louisa has been by far the most dominant team in the Little League District 14 Playoffs so far. The tournament, which kicked off on Saturday, June 28, is a preface to qualify for the Virginia state tournament, which will begin for most teams on Friday, July 11.

Through Wednesday, Louisa teams had gone a combined 11-4 in their games.

“As usual, we performed well,” Louisa Little League President Mark Alberts said. “The more teams we can send to the state tournament, the better!”

Though some of the youngest players in the county, Louisa’s 9/10-year-old all-star team was one of the most dominant. Playing in front of a home crowd at Luck Field in Mineral on Saturday, the team stormed to a 22-1 dismantling of visiting East Orange. The team followed up the victory by shutting out Culpeper 10-0 on Sunday. Louisa’s only loss came in a face-off against McIntire—which was a matchup of the bracket’s top two teams—on Tuesday night. Louisa fell  8-19.

The team will still have a chance for revenge, though. Due to their dominance, the team qualified for the bracket’s three-game series for the title, which will begin on Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m. Louisa will also get to play the series in front of a home crowd at Luck Field.

Louisa’s 10/11-year-old all-star team also put on a clinic. Of the bracket’s five teams, Louisa was the only team without a loss. The squad traveled to Charlottesville for their opening game versus Monticello on Saturday, and brought home a commanding 19-5 win.

The team outdid themselves in their following two matchups. Louisa thrashed Central in front of the opposing team’s home crowd, 27-4. On Monday, they again took a blowout, beating Culpeper 20-1.

The wins were good enough to qualify Louisa for the bracket’s three-game series for the championship. Louisa will head to Central’s field in Charlottesville to take on Monticello or Culpeper on Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

To read the entire story, see the July 3 edition of The Central Virginian.

By tcvnews
Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:00 am