Louisa Little League All-Stars update
CORRECTION BELOW AND FROM PRINT EDITION: Garrett Hopkins made two key catches in right field during Tuesday night’s 10/11 game, and Bryant Taylor was the winning pitcher in the team’s game on Wednesday.
With their backs against the wall, Louisa Little League’s Major All-Star Baseball came through, winning 7-6 last night. By beating McIntire a second night in a row in the double-elimination tournament, Louisa emerged from the loser’s bracket to claim the District 14 title and will advance to states,
They join the Senior, Junior and 10/11 baseball teams, as well as the 10/11 Softball team. With the Majors team’s win, Louisa Little League All-Stars took five of the nine District 14 titles awarded.
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McIntire held off a late rally by Louisa’s 9/10 All-Stars last night to win 4-2, eliminating the local team.
Behind a solid 85-pitch performance on the mound by Bryant Taylor, Louisa’s 10/11 All-Stars took Game 3 of their playoff against Gordonsville. Louisa led throughout, but held off late-inning rallies from the neighboring team to win 10-7 and claim the District 14 title.
Louisa’s Major Baseball team again showcased its power hitting with another multi-homerun game, and topped McIntire 9-3. The two teams will face each other again tonight, with the District 14 crown and a trip to states on the line. Game time is 6pm at McIntire Park.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY: After chalking up three losses on Monday night, Louisa’s 9/10, 10/11, and Major All-Star baseball teams all won on Tuesday night at McIntire Park. The 9/10 and 10/11 teams play at McIntire Park again tonight in district-title determining games which will complete the best-of-three series.
The Major team, carrying one loss in the double-elimination bracket, plays unbeaten McIntire tonight, and must beat the host team twice to claim the district crown. McIntire topped Louisa 6-4 on Monday night. Down 10-5 against a Culpeper team that was rolling on Tuesday night, Louisa catcher Aaron Szalankiewicz drove a two-run homer over the rightfield fence that began to change Louisa’s fortunes. Will T. Watkins and Kaleb Smith also went yard during the comeback, and Lliam Grubbs hit a home run earlier in the game.
The 10/11 team took the field after the Major comeback and followed suit, hitting a home run off the first pitch against a Gordonsville team that had done the same to them the night before at Luck Field. Louisa pitcher Jack McDonald controlled most of the game from the mound, and Garrett Hopkins made two key catches in rightfield- one on the ground in a full-extension dive-to prevent Gordonsville’s offense from sparking as it had in their slaughter-rule win on Monday. This time, Louisa’s bats produced throughout the order, and the final was 15-7. With Game 3 looming tonight, neither team has its best pitcher available, and both teams have shown they can hit off the remainder of the bullpen.
All three Louisa teams still seeking district titles lost their games last night and will play games tonight that they must win to stay in the hunt for the crowns. 9/10 Baseball plays McIntire at McIntire at 6 p.m. 10/11 Baseball plays Gordonsville at McIntire at 8:15 p.m. Major Baseball plays Culpeper at McIntire at 6 p.m.
Three of the six Louisa Little League all-star teams have punched their tickets to state tourneys. The other three are looking to follow suit.
Louisa’s 10/11 softball team was the only one in District 14 and automatically took the title.
Junior baseball beat East Orange Little League twice to claim the district crown.
Senior baseball bounced back from a one-run loss against East Orange to hand them their second loss of the double-elimination bracket and secure Louisa’s third district title.
Louisa Little League's 10/11 year-old all-stars talked after Friday's win over Gordonsville. The two teams now play a double-elimination series, beginning tonight, with the district title on the line.
Louisa 9/10 baseball went 4-1 in pool play, losing to McIntire 10-5 on Friday. Those two teams will now play in a best of three series, beginning tonight at McIntire Park. Game 2 will be tomorrow, and game 3, if needed, will be played on Wednesday.
Louisa 10/11 baseball wrapped up an unbeaten run of pool play on Friday with a 17-2 win over Gordonsville. The two teams will now square off in a best of three series, beginning tonight at Luck Field, and continuing tomorrow at McIntire Park. Game 3, if needed, is also expected to be played on Wednesday at McIntire.
Louisa’s Major Baseball team is now locked in a double-elimination bracket, and will play McIntire tonight. Culpeper and East Orange have each suffered one loss, and will play for survival in the loser’s bracket.