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Elkton among biggest Little League winners during July 4 holiday week


The Elkton Community Little League ages 9-10 baseball all-stars claimed the District 3 championship with an 11-1 victory over Strasburg on Thursday night in Woodstock.

Elkton, which went 1-1 in pool play, knocked off Bridgewater, 6-3, in the opening round on the District 3 quarterfinals and then topped Broadway, 11-6, to make the finals.

With the victory, Elkton advances to this week’s state tournament at Oakdale Park in Bridgewater.

The local stars will open their three-game pool play against District 13 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Elkton then faces District 9 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and plays District 16 at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Eight teams advance to Monday’s single-elimination quarterfinals, with the semifinals also being held Monday. The state championship game will be played at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Visit http://www.bridgewaterlittleleague net o.r Bridgewater Little League’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date on scores or schedules (or schedule changes should any rain force delays or postponements).

The Elkton ages 9-11 softball all-stars will also be playing in the state tourney, which begins Friday at King George Little League’s Sealston Sports Complex.

Elkton opens against District 8 at 10 a.m. Friday. Win or lose, the local all-stars will play again on Saturday in the double-elimination tournament. The semifinals and finals are slated for Monday.

Visit https://sites.google.com/site/vadistrict3/2017va-d3allstars to follow along with scores and schedules.

In the ages 11-12 softball tourney, the combined Grottoes-Harrisonburg all-stars went 1-2 in pool play and didn’t advance. Grottoes-Harrisonburg, playing as the Valley Velocity all-stars, won their final game, 10-0 over Stanley, on Saturday in Bridgewater.

The G-H squad also fell to Bridgewater (21-0) and Broadway (9-1). Stanley went 0-3 with, in addition to the G-H setback, losses to Bridgewater (20-2) and Broadway (18-2). Bridgewater and Broadway advanced to single-elimination play to determine the district champ.

The ages 11-12 baseball tournament began Sunday at Purcell Park in Harrisonburg. Grottoes opened with a 11-2 victory over Harrisonburg, while Bridgewater topped Stanley, 33-0.

Play continues the rest of this week. On Wednesday, Stanley plays Broadway at 6 p.m., followed by Bridgewater vs. Grottoes. On Thursday, Stanley faces Harrisonburg at 8 p.m. On Friday, Stanley plays Grottoes at 6 p.m. The single-elimination playoffs begin Wednesday, July 12, at a time and location to be determined.

Meanwhile, Shenandoah’s boys were eliminated from the 12U Babe Ruth baseball state tourney in Arlington over the weekend.

Shenandoah, which won the District 4 title, opened state play with an 8-7 loss to Arlington last Thursday.

Shenandoah rebounded with a 14-1 victory over Winchester, but then fell to Peachtree, 7-4.

Shenandoah’s 10U softball squad, which claimed the state title, is slated to open play this week in Stafford.

In local District 4 play, Shenandoah’s 10U baseball team fell in the district finals, 4-3, to South Augusta at the Spottswood Ruritan Community Center.

Keezletown topped Northeast Augusta, 8-7, but then lost to Shenandoah, 17-13, to finish third in the field.

In the Rookies tourney, Shenandoah fell to South Augusta, 16-6, to be eliminated from the field.

In the 11-year-oldfield, Keezletown won the District 4 title, 10-0, over South Augusta in Fishersville.

Kaden Johnson pitched a complete game for Keezletown, which now advances to the state tourney in Glen Allen. Keezletown opens play at 4 p.m. Thursday against District 5.

Ben Dinkel was named the tourney MVP for Keezletown.




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