Update: Loudoun South Little League lost 3-0 to a team from Peachtree City, GA, today. The Peachtree City pitcher Janson Kenty struck out 11 batters to outpace Loudoun South and advance to the Little League World Series.
A baseball team from South Riding has a big game today that will determine whether they make the cut for next week’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.
Loudoun South Little League won the Virginia state tournament and is now competing in the Southeast Regional tournament in Georgia.
Loudoun South plays a team from Peachtree City, GA, at 3 p.m. today. If they win today, they will be the first Virginia Little League team to win a Southeast Regional title and they’ll secure a spot in the prestigious Little League World Series.
To land a spot in the championship game, Loudoun South tallied three big wins against North State (North Carolina), Barboursville (West Virginia) and McCalla (Alabama).
Today’s game, which will be aired on ESPN, is a rematch between Loudoun South and the Peach Tree City team. Peach Tree narrowly beat Loudoun South 4-3 Saturday, but the double elimination tournament means to two will meet again.
“The players are nervous but cautiously optimistic,” said Joe Soricelli, president of Loudoun South Little League. “I told them to just take it inning by inning and do their best.”
The 2018 Little League World Series will feature eight U.S. and eight international teams. Tournament play starts Aug. 16 in Williamsport, PA.