Lower Loudoun Little League’s junior team’s unprecedented season ended Monday, just short of an appearance in the southeast regional championship game.
Competing in Ft. Myers, FL, the team completed a double-header in the elimination round of the tournament. They beat the Tennessee’s state champion 12-2 in the first game, but fell to the hometown Florida champion 7-1 a few hours later. If they had won, they would have faced North Carolina in the final to determine which would compete in the World Series.
It was a remarkable year for the team. For the first time in a quarter century, a junior Lower Loudoun team took the state championship, going undefeated in the state tournament.
The team’s roster includes Blain Simonich, Jon McElroy, Shane Reilly, Bryce Edwards, Jackson Lyon, Reiss Phillips, Wesley Ricks, Liam Best, Nolan Levenhagen, Alex Wright, J.T. Turner, Declan McCann, Mario Canestraro and Mike Godek.