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Three of Louisa Little League’s all-star baseball teams played in state tournaments over the last couple weeks.

Louisa’s 9-11 All Stars traveled to Bluefield for their state tournament, beginning the tournament’s pool play round on July 12. Louisa fell 11-0 in their opening game against Vienna American Little League, the District 4 champions. They took on York Little League from District 7 for their second game and fared better, building some momentum on offense but still coming up short 12-3. Louisa closed out their tournament with an 8-4 loss to Atlee on July 14.

“The game against Atlee was probably our best game of the tournament,” Team Manager Dicky Purcell said. “Hunter Luck pitched a really good game for us, Jaiden Thomas hit a grand slam and played well at shortstop, and Blake White and Josh Thomas had good games at the plate.”

Louisa’s 8-10 All Stars also began their tournament on July 12 in Norfolk. They took on Spotsylvania Little League in their opening game, which ended with a 3-0 loss for Louisa.

“That game was really a pitcher’s duel,” Team Manager Daniel Harlow said. “Both teams fought hard.” 

Jonathan Anderson, Alex Bradford and Drew Wade pitched for Louisa, combining to strike out seven batters.

The tournament’s second day saw Louisa take on SYA East from District 10. Louisa again struggled on offense, falling 8-3.

Events turned in Louisa’s favor on the third day of the competition as they took on Richlands Little League, coming out on top in a 19-9 contest. Louisa’s offense combined for 20 hits throughout the game. Jordan Thompson was four-for-four from the plate with three RBIs and one run, while Wade tallied four runs, four hits and three RBIs. Bradford and Anderson also had good days at the plate, with Anderson going three-for-four while Bradford was three-for-five.

“That was the best way for us to go out, with a win,” Harlow said. “I think you can learn more from losses than from wins sometimes, and we took our losses and were able to learn from them.”

Louisa’s Senior All Stars played their state tournament in Sterling beginning on July 5. The team went 1-2 in the double-elimination tournament. 

After losing their first game 8-0, Louisa bounced back for a 13-8 win over Olive Branch Little League to stay alive, then fought back from a 13-3 deficit against Wise before coming up short 13-10.

“We didn’t have a district tournament, so we spent most of June just practicing and getting ready for the state tournament,” Team Manager Jason Kent said. “We wanted to go down there and show people what Louisa Little League is about, and I think we did that.”

The Senior All Stars were the only team in District 14, and won the district championship title by default.

Louisa’s Major baseball team begins their state tournament this weekend in Abingdon, playing their first game against the District 13 champions on July 19.