Several Virginia Little League District 15 Champions were crowned shortly after Independence Day weekend. In the weeks to follow local teams from Essex, Westmoreland and Richmond Counties have been preparing and competing for their respective state championships across the Commonwealth.
9-10 Softball: Richmond County in Lebanon
Richmond County will begin pool play on July 19 in Lebanon. The top two teams in each of the four pools advance to the next round of the 9-10 Little League State Softball Tournament.
On July 20 at 9 a.m., Richmond County will play Warwick, the District 7 Champions. Then the next day, play Gate City at 4:30 p.m.
Should Richmond be one of the top two teams to finish in pool three, they will play on July 22 in single elimination. If they are the top place pool finisher, they will play on July 22 at 3 p.m. and advance to the next round on July 23 at 11:30 a.m. if they should win.
If Richmond County should finish runners up in pool play, they will play on July 22 at 12:30 p.m. and advance to the next round on July 23 at 9 a.m. if they should win.
The state championship game will be on July 23 at 4 p.m.
9-10 Baseball: Essex in Tuckahoe
Tuckahoe will host the Virginia Little League 9-10 Baseball State Tournament. Included in the list of the 16 teams is this year’s District 15 Champions from Essex.
Essex will compete in Pool A against champions from 2, 4 and 10. In order for Essex to advance to the next round, they must finish among the top two teams in Pool A. Essex will play the following schedule of games: District 10 at noon on July 18 (Field 5), District 4 at 9:30 a.m. on July 19 (Field 6) and District 2 at 9:30 a.m. on July 20.
Should Essex be one of the top two teams to finish in pool A, they will play on July 21 at 1 p.m.in single elimination playoffs tournament. If they are the top place pool finisher, they will play on field five; field six if they are the runners up.
If Richmond County should win, they will return for the semifinals round starting at 7 p.m., winners advance to the championship on July 22 at 10 a.m.
Major Softball: Richmond County in Leesburg
Leesburg will host the Virginia Little League Major Softball State Tournament. Included in the list of the 14 teams is this year’s District 15 Champions from Richmond County.
Richmond County is competing in Pool C against District 4 champion McLean and District 2 Warwick. In order for Richmond County to advance out of pool play, they must finish among the top two teams in Pool C.
On July 12,Richmond County dropped their first game to McLean, 4-2, but rebounded back to defeat Warwick, 13-2, the next day.
Should Richmond County be the top place pool finisher, they will play on the Mayer Field on July 15 at 3 p.m; Casciano Field on July 15 at 6:30 p.m. if they are the runners up. Winners will advance to the semifinals on July 16. Pool A winner play at 6 p.m. on Mayr Field, Pool A runner up at 6:30 p.m. on Casciano Field.
The finals will be played on Casciano Field July 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Major Baseball: Westmoreland in Lynchburg
The District 15 Major Baseball Champions from Westmoreland will travel to Lynchburg for a shot at the Virginia Little League Major Softball State Championship this week. But the word will not be as 15 other teams are vying for the same trophy.
Westmoreland is competing in Pool C against the District 3, 9 and 14 champions. In order for Westmoreland to advance out of pool play, they must finish among the top two teams in Pool C.
The District 15 champions will play the following schedule: District 14 at Bradford Field on July 19, 3 p.m.; District 9 at Bradford Field, 9 a.m.; and July 21 at Lloyd Field, 3:30 p.m.
Should Westmoreland be the top place pool finisher, they will move on to a single elimination playoff tournament first at Bradford Field on July 22 at 2:30 p.m; Lloyd Field on July 22 at 11:30 a.m. if they are the runners up. Winners will advance to the semifinals on July 23. Pool C winner play at 3:30 p.m. and Pool A runner up at 12 p.m. Both games on Lloyd Field.
The finals will be played on Lloyd Field July 24 at 12 p.m.
Junior Baseball: Westmoreland in Bristol
Westmoreland will send their young athletes to the Virginia Little League Junior Baseball Tournament in Bristol. This comes after the team celebrated by winning the 2013 District 15 Championship.
Westmoreland will open the tournament at Abingdon High School for game one on July 19 at 9 a.m.
Facing double elimination, the team from the Northern Neck of Virginia keep up with the following schedule for the tournament should they win or fall in the opening game:
Second game (July 20, 9 a.m.): Win-at Washington County LL (9 a.m.), lose-at Abingdon High
Third game (July 21): Win-at Washington County LL (1 p.m.), Lose-at Washington County LL (10 a.m.)
Fourth game (July 22): Win-Washington County LL (1 p.m.), Lose-Abingdon High (4 p.m.)
Fifth game: Win-July 24 Washington County LL (10 a.m.), Lose-July 23; winner advances to the finals.
Should Westmoreland fall on July 22, the team will play on July 23, 2 p.m., at Washington County Little League Facility for an opportunity to advance to the state finals. The finals will be on July 24 at Washington County Little League Facility at 10 a.m.
If Westmoreland should win on July 24, they will have to play again later that day at 2 p.m.to determine a champion.
Senior Softball: Richmond County in Honaker
The Virginia District 15 Senior Softball Champions from Richmond County opened the state tournament last week with huge win. In fact it was enough for them to advance clearly to the second round in Honaker.
On July 12, Richmond County won with decisive win over District 3 Champion Clarke County, 10-0. This put them into the next round against Central Accomack the next day.
Should Richmond County continue to win, they will play on July 14 at 3 p.m., and then to the finals on July 15 at 1 p.m., and if they should lose in the finals a second game will be played to determine a champion on July 16 at 10 a.m.
With a potential loss to Central Accomack, Richmond County will move to the elimination bracket and play on July 14 at 12:30 p.m. To advance to the finals on July 15 at 1 p.m., Richmond County will have to win two straight games on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. and July 15 at 10 a.m.
Editor’s note: schedules and updates updated as provided by representatives of Virginia Little League. All State champions will advance to move to play against other representatives from the entire nation.