Richmond County Little League traveled to Bristol, Virginia to participate in the Virginia State Little League Softball Tournament held July 5-9. The team went undefeated in district play and represented the Northern Neck well, finishing in the top 8, qualifying them for the single elimination tournament on day 4. They ultimately went 2-2 during the tournament, demonstrating outstanding offensive and defensive contributions from the entire team.
As a team they recorded a .414 batting average and scored 21 total runs. Players Taylor Moore, Lea Moore, Layton Trible, Olivia Packett, and Cameron Nash all led the offense with over 20 hits combined. Highlights included a triple by Lea Moore in game 4, and a clutch hit by Lauren Johnson in game 2 that started a rally of hits bringing the girls back from behind to win.
On the mound, Taylor Moore pitched a total of 16 innings, giving up only 8 hits while striking out 27 batters. Moore shut down District 14 Louisa in game 1, pitching a no hitter, giving up just 1 walk during the game. Behind the plate, Maggie Wonderling caught 20 innings of outstanding plate coverage, tossing out 2 on attempted steals.
Throughout the tournament, amazing defensive plays were witnessed. In the outfield, Autumn Johnson and Gabby Lockett snagged fly balls while clean catches and quick throws from Emma Fleet, Jenna Moore, and Layton Trible left runners stranded all during the tournament. Infielders Sadie Packett, Jaden Whelan, Cameron Nash, and Olivia Packett kept the pressure on the opponents recording over 12 combined outs.
Winning the District Championship and enjoying 2-2 success at the state tournament would not have been possible without the outstanding effort, hustle, and encouragement of all the players, coaches and fans, making this a true team effort.