July 13 - McLean Amerian and Fairfax National have clinched spots in next week’s Little League state tournament, and two additional area teams will punch tickets today.
McLean American beat Great Falls, 8-7, to clinch the District 4 championship earlier this week, while Fairfax National beat Chantilly Youth Association, 7-1, to claim its third straight District 10 title.
Last night, Loudoun South American beat Loudoun South National, 4-0, to force a second game to determine the District 16 champion. They will play this morning at 10 a.m. at Lions Field in Sterling. Also this morning, unbeaten West Springfield American and Fort Hunt will play for the District 9 title at 10:00 in Alexandria, with Fort Hunt needing to win to force a second game.
The state tournament will begin with pool play on Friday in Abingdon, with the championship game scheduled for July 23. Teams from Northern Virginia have won the past three state titles, with Loudoun South American winning last year and advancing to the Southeast Region final before falling to Georgia’s Peachtree City American.
The last team from Virginia to advance to the Little League World Series was Central Springfield in 1994.
Here’s an update from the other Little League, Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth division state tournaments:
Little League 8-10 Year-Old Division: Entering the final day of pool play in Norfolk, Loudoun South American (2-0), Tuckahoe National (2-0) and Vienna National (2-0) top their pools while Spotsylvania County (2-0) and SYA East (2-0) will play tonight for the top seed out of their pool at stake. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held tomorrow, with the championship game at the single-elimination tournament on Monday.
Little League 9-10 Year-Old Division: The tournament opened with pool play yesterday in Bluefield, with Vienna American, SYA East and Loudoun South American winning their first games. West Springfield American begins play today. Single-elimination bracket play begins on Monday with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, with the championship game scheduled for Tuesday.
Little League Intermediate Division: The five-team double-elimination tournament began play in Hampton yesterday, with Alexandria beating Fort Hunt, 17-7, before falling to Richmond, 5-4, in its second game. Both teams play in elimination games today. The championship game is scheduled for 10:00 on Monday, with a 1:00 game to follow if necessary.
Little League Juniors Division: The double-elimination tournament begins on Friday in Bridgewater, with the championship game scheduled for July 23. Loudoun South will represent District 16, while the District 9 and District 10 champions will be determined over the next two days. District 4 did not hold a tournament.
Little League Seniors Division: Central Accomack beat Wise, 5-3, in the championship game of the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday at Claude Moore Park in Sterling. The area’s two representatives, Woodbridge and Lower Loudoun, were eliminated early in bracket play over the weekend.
Cal Ripken 9-Year-Old Division: Earlier this week in Waynesboro, Arlington avenged its lone loss in the double-elimination tournament by claiming consecutive one-run contests from Gainesville-Haymarket. On Monday, Arlington won, 4-3, in eight innings to force a second game on Tuesday, then held off its Northern Virginia counterpart, 9-8, to claim the state title.
Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old Division: Earlier this week in Glen Allen, Stafford advanced to the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament before falling, 5-4, to Glen Allen. Rockville won the state title.
Cal Ripken 11-Year-Old Division: Last week in Winchester, Stafford advanced to the quarterfinals before falling, 12-4, to Williamsburg. Glen Allen won the state championship.
Cal Ripken 12-Year-Old Division (60): In Glen Allen last weekend, Arlington advanced through the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament before falling, 12-1, to Gloucester in the state final. Arlington had beaten Stafford, 13-12, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.
Cal Ripken 12-Year-Old Division (70): Earlier this week in Manassas, Pioneer advanced past Glen Allen in a nine-inning semifinal contest before falling, 5-3, to Williamsburg in the championship game.
Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old Division: Two area teams - Arlington and Stafford - remain alive entering the third day of the double-elimination tournament in New Kent. Arlington can advance to tomorrow’s final with a win over Glen Allen, while Stafford needs to win twice to advance through the loser’s bracket.
Babe Ruth 14-Year-Old Division: Five of the six area teams that qualified remain alive entering the third day of the double-elimination tournament in Herndon. Greater Loudoun and Southwestern Youth Association will meet in one quarterfinal while Stafford and Arlington will play in another. North Fairfax County plays in an elimination game tonight. The championship game is set for Monday at Stratton Woods Park.
Babe Ruth 13-15 Year-Old Division: Four local teams - Greater Loudoun, Southwestern Youth Association, Arlington and Stafford - will take the field today in the third day at the double-elimination tournament in Arlington. The championship game is scheduled for Tuesday at Barcroft Park.
Babe Ruth 16-18 Year-Old Division: Earlier this week in South Hill, Southwestern Youth Association blitzed the host team, 9-1, to claim the state championship. SYA won all four games at the double-elimination tournament. Arlington advanced to the semifinals before falling to South Hill, 4-1.