Wednesday, September 14 2022

Dreams of going to the Little League Baseball World Series have been dashed for one team in Loudoun County, Va., while another team progresses.

The Loudoun County Little League team on the field. (Courtesy of Geoff Perry)

Dreams of going to the Little League Baseball World Series have been dashed for a team in Loudoun County, Virginia. However, another Loudoun County team stepped forward for a chance to play in the Junior League World Series in Michigan.

The Little League World Series is a baseball tournament for children ages 10-12. The Junior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 12 to 14.

The Loudoun South Little League team, made up of 12-year-olds, lost 5-2 to a team from Tennessee on Tuesday at the regional championships in Georgia, ending the chance to play in Williamsport, Pa. , for the Little League Baseball World Series.

The South Riding-based team reached the Little League World Series semi-finals in 2019, scoring two early in the game but losing their lead later.

“It’s heartbreaking, especially when we had the advantage for most of the game. but you know, things didn’t bounce back in the end,” coach Todd Coleman said.

Coleman said building this year’s team was exciting for the kids, especially seeing their community rally behind them.

“It was amazing; we kept getting notifications that there were watch parties,” Coleman said.

After the game, Coleman told the team he’s never been prouder of a group of kids and that they’ve had a great run this season.

“Yeah, we didn’t win today, but we’re still state champions in Virginia; and nothing can take that away from us,” Coleman said.

His son Drew Coleman, 12, played second base in the game.

“I felt good for the first five innings and then I thought we had it in the end, but it just didn’t work out,” the Willard Middle School student told Aldie.

Although disappointed with the result, Drew Coleman said he was pleased with the team’s performance this season.

“To not win districts and make it all the way to the regional championship is just crazy, so yeah, just a great run,” he said.

Loudoun County Junior League Advances

The Loudoun County Junior League team. (Courtesy of 37 Media & Marketing Group)

Although the end of the season was disappointing for the team made up of 12-year-olds, it was good news for some of the oldest players in the county.

The Loudoun South Junior League team defeated teams from Florida, West Virginia and South Carolina to win the Southeast Regionals and will advance to the Junior League World Series semifinals in Michigan.

“Our kids hit the ball really well,” coach Eddie Jordan said.

For this team, the victory was very special as some players did not have the chance to continue the momentum of the 2019 season due to COVID-19.

“It was just, you know what you lost your 2020 year, you lost your 12 year. Let’s do it now and see what we have. It’s a special group of kids and that’s led to that,” said Jordan.

Michael Zingaro, 14, attends Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn and was part of Loudoun’s winning team.

Although the match was a little nerve-wracking, the win was amazing, he said.

“It honestly didn’t even feel real, like running up to the pitcher’s mound and jumping up and down with my teammates,” Zingaro said.

Rylan Jordan, 14, of Mercer Middle School in Aldie, said he was really happy they won. The team celebrated the 6-3 victory as many teams would, including professional teams.

“We had a cooler full of water and we poured it over all of our coaches,” Jordan said.

Jordan said another benefit of moving on was how the team would get to Michigan. “We have a bus now, so it’s going to be cool,” he said.

The junior team’s first game is Aug. 14 at 11 a.m.


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