Louisa All-Star team

Levi Wilson delivers a pitch during the 11-year-old All-Stars tournament opener against McIntire at Luck Field in Mineral on June 22 .

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. 

After receiving a bye on the tournament’s second day, Louisa traveled to Culpeper for their second game. Louisa’s all-stars dominated with a 9-0 shutout. Hunter Matney made the game’s big play with a three-run RBI double.

“Hopefully, we’ll be playing in the tournament in Mineral this weekend,” Team Manager Dicky Purcell said. “The kids are getting better. We just have to keep climbing the ladder and keep getting better.”

Louisa closed out its pool play round with games against Monticello and Gordonsville on June 25 and 26, respectively. Results of those games were unavailable at press time.

Louisa’s Major baseball team opened its pool play round with a 12-1 victory over East Orange on June 22, then defeated Gordonsville 14-1 on June 23. A 7-1 win over McIntire gave the team a 3-0 record and guaranteed them one of four spots in the double elimination round. Louisa took on Culpeper on June 25 for their final pool play game. Results were unavailable at press time.

Two of Louisa’s all-star softball teams also began their run for a District 14 title this weekend. After receiving a bye in the first round, the 8-10-year-old softball team faced stiff competition in their opening contest on June 23, falling to Culpeper 15-3. 

“The girls took it hard, but [Monday] they practiced harder than they’d practiced all year,” Team Manager Kyle Seay said. “I think we got the nerves out. We just have to put our best foot forward.”

Louisa played their second game of the tournament on June 25, taking on the Madison all-stars. Results of the game were unavailable at press time.

Louisa’s Major softball team won its first tournament game, defeating Culpeper 4-2 on June 22. The next day, Louisa came up short against Gordonsville, 4-3. Louisa played Culpeper on June 25 for a chance to take on Gordonsville for the championship on June 26. The results of those games were unavailable at press time.