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Louisa Little League teams heading to states

Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

Louisa’s 12-year-old softball team is one of three teams that will be represeting Louisa County in state tournaments in the coming weeks. Team members are Arianna Taylor (front, l-r), McKayla Thomas, Kaitlyn Foster, Ali Downey, Kelsey Williams, Caroline Compton, Lilly Jordan (middle, l-r), Emily Gillespie, Maddox Pleasants, Lydia Gillespie, Emily Chisholm, Jordan Atwell-Purcell, Coaches Michael Chisholm (back l-r), Michael Pleasants and David Gillespie.

Little league baseball and softball has reached its tournament season and Louisa County will be well represented at state tournaments throughout July.

The major softball team (12-year-olds) won the double-elimination District 14 tournament which was held between June 24 and 28 in Culpeper. After defeating the Jefferson Area girls softball team by a decisive 22-0 margin, Louisa faced Culpeper in the second round, again emerging victorious by a margin of 15-1.

Louisa faced Culpeper again in the next round and fell 3-2, forcing a tie-breaker between the two teams. Louisa won that game 7-3, securing the district title and their spot in the state tournament in McLean, which will begin on July 14.

Louisa’s 11-year-old level baseball team will also represent the county at the state level starting July 14 in Luray. Before the tournament, Louisa won the league’s pool tournament by sweeping the three other teams: Culpeper, McIntire and Monticello between June 24 and 27. Louisa scored 45 runs among the three games while only giving up two. As the top two teams in the pool, Louisa and Monticello faced each other in a double elimination tournament on July 1 and 2. Louisa won both by 10-run margins (11-1, 12-2) to advance to the state tournament.

“I think we’re playing some of the best baseball we’ve ever played,” Dickie Purcell, manager of the 11-year-old team, said. “We’ve really been hitting our stride. We’re hitting the long ball, we’ve started hitting home runs and we’ve got our bunts down. We’ve got our pitching and defense down, too.”

To read the entire story, see the July 6 edition of The Central Virginian.