Pictured from left, in front row, Skylar Blackwell, Maddie Baughan, Leah Vanlandingham, Maggie Collins, Tori Hanks, Kaylie Baker, Caroline Davenport, Julia Whelan and Aurea Brown; back row, from left, manager Mike Baker, coach David Davenport, Blaire Sydnor, Ella Campbell, Cassie Jenkins and coach Tina Davenport. (Photo by Shelly Pierson)
Richmond County became one of the newest district champions last week after winning the Little League 9-10 All-Stars Softball tournament in Northumberland County last week. This accomplishment came after competing in a must-win game on Saturday to decide a victor.
In game one of the tournament, Middlesex defeated the home team Northumberland, 8-6, and Lancaster was dropped by Spotsylvania in game two, 20-5.
On June 22, Westmoreland fell to King William in game four, 30-5, and Richmond County shut out King George in game three, 14-0. Essex moved Middlesex to the elimination bracket after a 16-8 loss and at the same time Mathews was also bumped by Spotsylvania after a 15-4 loss.
On June 23, King George eliminated Lancaster in game seven after an 18-6 loss, and in game eight Northumberland gave the same fate to Westmoreland with an 18-2 victory. Later that evening, Richmond County shut out Essex in game 11, 20-0, and in game 12, King William won over Spotsylvania, 9-2.
On June 24 in the elimination bracket, King George dropped Middlesex in game nine, 12-10, and in game 10 Mathews defeated the home team Northumberland, 4-1.
King George went on to defeat Spotsylvania 13-7 on June 25 in Game 14, and Essex fell to Mathews in game 13, 9-8. Mathews would go on to eliminate King George in game 16 on June 26, 20-10.
King William would go on to lose their next two games in route to the finals falling to Richmond County 9-8 in the semifnals, and later to Mathews 10-0. This would setup Mathews to face a single game loss to put them out of the state tournament.
As a result, Mathews bounced back after an earlier loss to win over Richmond County and extend the tournament. But it would be Richmond County to take a 9-7 win on June 29 to earn a bid to Richmond City. The champion will advance to the state all-star tournament in Lebanon hosted by the Lebanon Little League.