Little league tourney down to final four

Published 7:29 pm Monday, July 18, 2011

Bridgewater celebrates Tyler Scott’s home run during a quarterfinal game against Chantilly in the Virginia Minor League State Tournament at Bennett’s Creek Little League in Driver on Monday. Bridgewater hit three homers in an eight-run inning and went on to a 10-0 win.

DRIVER — After four days of play at Bennett’s Creek Little League, the 16 squads that started out in the Virginia Minor League (ages 9-10) State Tournament are down to the final four.

By making it through three days of games Friday-Sunday, then with quarterfinal victories Monday on the two ballfields behind Driver Elementary School, Great Falls, Tuckahoe, Bridgewater and West Springfield American are still playing for the state title.

West Springfield American’s Jack Cone delivers to the plate in a Virginia Minor League (ages 9-10) State Tournament game at Bennett’s Creek Little League on Monday. West Springfield beat Franklin County 13-0 to advance to the state semifinals set for Tuesday morning at BCLL.

Norfolk’s Fleet Park was the first opponent to give a good challenge to and the first opponent to score more than one run against Northern Virginia’s Great Falls, but Great Falls knocked the last Hampton Roads little league out of the tourney with a 5-4 win. In three wins Friday-Sunday, Great Falls won by a combined 40-1 margin.

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Monday morning’s other three quarterfinals didn’t come down to the final inning. Tuckahoe beat Dulles 11-1. Bridgewater beat Chantilly 10-0. West Springfield beat Franklin County 13-0.

Tuckahoe’s rebounded from a loss to Bridgewater on Friday to win three straight games. Bridgewater’s undefeated with a scoring margin of 46-1. West Springfield is 4-0 with a combined margin of 59-6.

“We took part in the (state) tournament in Abingdon last year and that was great. Bennett’s Creek here has been just as good,” said Bridgewater assistant coach Alan Moyers. Bridgewater’s from Rockingham County.

“We’ve been treated great and I can’t say anymore than that. It’s really nice to come three-and-a-half hours from home and be treated like we’ve been treated,” Moyers said.

Great Falls plays Bridgewater Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the first semifinal. Tuckahoe vs. West Springfield follows, with the morning schedule hopefully beating the worst of the heat and humidity. The final game is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

“This trip means a lot to the parents and the kids. It’s always a blast to see the hard work pay off for the kids,” Moyers said.