Two of Louisa’s all-star baseball teams have captured District 14 championship titles and have earned a spot in the state tournament, and a third is one win away from doing the same.
After cleaning up in the pool play round of the tournament, Louisa’s 8-10-year-old all-stars began their double elimination tournament on June 29, taking on the pool play runner-up, Central Little League. After overcoming a slow start, Louisa took control of the game and won 12-3.
“Once we came back to life we were able to capitalize,” Team Manager Daniel Harlow said. “Jonathan Anderson did an awesome job pitching for us, and Gavin Yarrington came in and closed the door for us.”
With one win under their belt, Louisa retook the field on June 30, hoping to claim the championship by defeating Central a second time. The teams battled for the first few innings, with the score tied at 3-3 going into the fourth. That’s when things broke open, with Louisa scoring five runs in the top of the inning to take an 8-3 lead.
Jaiden Hunter scored a two-run RBI triple, plating Cayden Tomlin and Brayden Nemec to get things started, then scored on a sacrifice from Cole Goodman. Drew Wade plated Andrew Bradford, then scored the final run of the inning on an error.
Central added a fourth run in the fifth inning, and Louisa scored twice in the top of the sixth for a final score of 10-4.
“We had the momentum going our way,” Harlow said. “The boys came out swinging the bat and pounded out the runs.”
Louisa’s 9-11-year-old team also won their district championship, defeating McIntire Little League on both June 29 and 30. Louisa won the first game 11-6, then closed out the tournament with an 8-2 victory.
“This was a really big win for us,” Team Manager Dicky Purcell said. “We had a pretty big mountain to climb with McIntire, but the teams really come together.”
Levi Wilson pitched for Louisa in game one, and Hunter Luck and Jaiden Thompson split time on the mound in game two. Purcell praised all three for their performances.
Purcell also had high praise for several members of Louisa’s infield.
“Brady Walton was a force for us at first base and Sumner Armstrong has really improved at second,” he said.
Both teams will now advance to their respective Little League state championship tournaments beginning July 11. The 8-10-year-old tournament is in Norfolk and the 9-11-year-old tournament is in Bluefield.
Louisa’s Major baseball team also began their District 14 championship tournament this weekend as one of four teams to advance from the pool play round. Louisa scored a 12-1 win over Culpeper on June 29, then defeated McIntire on June 30 in a 10-0 shutout. They played their championship game on July 2. Results were unavailable at press time.