On a hot, muggy Sunday afternoon in Stafford County, at two different locations, Rockville softball made itself known to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Going unbeaten, the 16U team came from behind to defeat New Kent 8-6 to win the Babe Ruth State Championship. New Kent played small ball early, taking advantage of Rockville lapses to take a 4-1 lead in the first inning. But Rockville fought back, taking the lead in the 3rd 6-4.
New Kent wasn't done, plating two more to tie the game, but Anna Wells scored the would-be championship run and Rockville added one more in the 6th for insurance. Olivia Harris shut down the New Kent offense when it mattered most and got a strikeout to finish the game and clinch the title.
Rockville advances to the Babe Ruth Southeast Regionals beginning July 18th at RF&P Park at Glen Allen.
The 10U team from Rockville will be joining 16U at the Southeast Regionals and will, too, wear the moniker of "State Champions". In a contest closer than the final score indicated, Rockville defeated Summit Point 7-1 for the state crown. Pitcher Jaime Hughes had an inside-the-park home run in the second inning to open the scoring and kept the Tsunami from scoring until there were two outs in the final inning. She, too, got a strikeout to clinch the championship.
The 8U team also qualified for the Southeast Regionals by advancing to their State Championship game, defeating Stafford, the host team, in the semifinals. The 8U championship game versus Manassas was postponed this evening due to storms in Northern Virginia.
Follow us on Twitter (@hanoversports) for complete coverage of the 8U final when it happens, and join us beginning July 18th as we follow all three teams at the Babe Ruth Southeast Regional!
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