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Troy Cornett snags a fly ball during an all-star baseball game earlier this season. File photo

Louisa’s Major All-Star baseball team represented District 14 in the Virginia Little League state tournament in Abingdon last weekend. The tournament opened with a round-robin-style pool play round beginning on July 19.

Louisa took on District 13 champions Coeburn Little League in their first game. After a slow first inning, Louisa found their groove and battled to an 11-6 win. 

From there, the team went on to face Fairfax Little League, the champions from District 10. Louisa struggled to build momentum on offense throughout the game. They got a boost in the fifth inning with a three-run homer from Ian Taylor, but still came up short 7-4.

Louisa played their final game on July 21, taking on Cave Spring American Little League from District 12. Louisa again faced solid defense, falling 5-1.

“We just kept hitting the ball right to people,” Louisa Team Manager Maurice Holland said. “We couldn’t find the gap and that makes it hard.”

Holland had specific praise for Ethan McGehee, who Holland said “pitched his heart out” against Cave Spring.

Louisa ended the pool play round with a 1-2 record and didn’t advance to the second round of the tournament. Even so, Holland said that the team had a good time at the tournament.

“The whole experience of being there, away from home, with the team was really fun for them,” he said.