Little League state tournaments held over the weekend
~ PVN staff report
CULPEPER, July 6-9 — For the third time in less than two weeks, an All-Star softball team from Page County has finished their season as the state runner-up in Virginia. Last week, two Shenandoah Babe Ruth All-Star softball teams (10U and 8U) earned state runner-up status at tournaments in Manassas. This past weekend, a 9-11 All-Star softball team from Luray/Stanley Little League also finished second in the Old Dominion during tournament play in Culpeper.
Luray/Stanley’s 9-11 All-Stars faced the toughest team in the state tournament when they opened up play against McLean on Friday with a 22-1 loss at Eastern View High School. On Saturday, Luray/Stanley turned things around and blanked Gordonsville 10-0.
On Sunday morning, Luray/Stanley defeated Western Branch 13-6, which advanced them to the afternoon’s championship game. Luray/Stanley was the only team in the state tournament to play four games in three days. They fell once again to McLean in the state championship, but this time the score was closer at 12-2 — a 10-run improvement over the tournament opener.
McLean won the state title, outscoring their opponents 52-4 in just three games. The Luray/Stanley All-Stars finished the tournament 2-2 as state runner-up.
For full results from the 2023 Virginia Little League 9-11 softball state tournament,
Stanley Seniors barely miss championship bracket
POQUOSON, July 6-9 — After capturing the District 3 Little League title, the Stanley Seniors baseball All-Stars ran into stiff competition at the Virginia Little League state tournament over the weekend. The Stanley All-Stars barely missed advancing to the championship bracket of the state tournament, which featured 14 teams.
Stanley began pool play on Friday with a tough 4-3 loss to Fleet Park. Pool play continued on Saturday with another tough, one-run loss, 3-2, to Lower Loudoun at Poquoson High School.
Stanley pulled out their only win on Sunday, 11-7, over Union. That left their record in pool play at 1-2.
However, despite having the sixth lowest run ratio among 14 teams in the tournament, and despite having the same record as Tuckahoe (who advanced), the Stanley All-Stars did not advance to the championship bracket of the tournament, which featured the “top” eight teams.
The Virginia Little League Seniors baseball state tournament continues through Wednesday, July 12, when the today’s semifinal winners will compete for the state championship at 10 a.m. in Deer Park.
For full results from the 2023 Virginia Little League Senior baseball state tournament,