Little League tournaments are in full swing, with the majority of Louisa’s all-star teams beginning their District 14 championship tournaments, and one wrapping theirs up.
The 7-9-year-old baseball team began its competition on June 15 with a 16-6 win over Gordonsville in the double-elimination tournament, then fell 17-3 to a tough McIntire team.
That didn’t discourage the players, though. The Louisa all-stars faced off against Monticello on June 19, eking out a 6-5 win to keep their shot at the championship alive. They then defeated Central 13-7 on June 20 to advance to the championship game. Louisa took on McIntire for the second time in the tournament on June 21, and again struggled to get traction on offense. McIntire took the game 10-0 to win the championship.
The rest of Louisa’s all-star baseball teams began their tournaments with a pool play competition on June 22. The 8-10-year-old team opened their tournament that day with a decisive 22-12 win over McIntire. On June 23, they continued their winning streak with a 10-1 win over Central, and rounded out their pool play run with a 15-7 win over Culpeper on June 24.
“The team really came together,” Team Manager Daniel Harlow said. “They got the bats swinging and came up with some big runs for us.”
Louisa’s 3-0 record secures them one of two spots in the double elimination round tournament that begins on June 29, putting them just two wins away from the District 14 title.
“These kids don’t give up,” Harlow said. “We just need to come out playing like we finished up [this round] and we’ll be good.”
The 11-year-old baseball team has also seen success in their opening games. Beginning their tournament at Luck Field in Mineral, Louisa played McIntire and took an early lead, but their opponent brought it back, tying the score 3-3 in the fourth. A grand-slam home run by Jaiden Thompson in the bottom of the fourth inning made the difference, putting Louisa up 7-3 for the win.
(Article by Joseph Haney)
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s June 27, 2019 issue.