Little League tourneys finished for local teams

The Little League divisional tournaments have begun and both the Jefferson County Little League and the Charles Town-Ranson Little League have been playing in the baseball events.

Neither Jefferson County nor Charles Town-Ranson placed a team in the District 6, 9-10 Softball Tournament. Neither of the two county leagues placed a team in the District 6, 10-11 Softball Tournament. Neither league placed a team District 6, Major (11-12) Softball Tournament. Neither the Jefferson County Little League nor the Charles Town-Ranson Little League placed a team in the District 6, Junior Softball Tournament.

In the District 6, Area 1 9-10 Baseball Tournament, Jefferson County lost its first game, 13-1, to Hedgesville. Charles Town-Ranson was beaten, 27-0, in a mercy rule game by Martinsburg.

In the loser’s bracket, Jefferson County eliminated Charles Town-Ranson, 13-2, but then was eliminated when it lost to Hedgesville, 11-7.

In the District 6 10-11 Tournament, it was Jefferson County stopping Bi-State, 6-5, in its opener before falling to Martinsburg, 11-0, and Hedgesville, 7-5, to be eliminated. Charles Town-Ranson did not enter a team.

The District 6, Area 1 Major Division (11-12) Tournament saw Charles Town-Ranson fall, 12-0, to Martinsburg and then drop a 17-10 decision to Hedgesville to be eliminated. Jefferson County defeated Hedgesville, 6-4, in its opener and then dropped an 11-4 decision to South Berkeley in its next winner’s bracket game. In the loser’s bracket, Jefferson County stayed alive with a 5-4 win over Morgan County and a 9-2 victory over Hedgesville.

Jefferson County scored a total of seven runs in the first two innings in stopping Hedgesville. Culen Watson hammered a grand slam home run in the second after Jaden Fritts had an RBI double in the first.

Watson pitched a complete game in keeping Jefferson County alive. He fanned 12 after getting six strikeouts and allowing only one baserunner in the first three innings.

In the loser’s bracket finale, Jefferson County topped South Berkeley, 9-1, to qualify for the District 6 final tournament.

A six-run first inning propelled Jefferson to the win against the team that had earlier sent it to the loser’s bracket. Watson drove in the first run and Jordan Trunnell had an RBI single to plate the sixth and final run of the definitive inning. Watson clubbed a solo homer, making it a 7-0 Jefferson lead.

In the District 6 Final tournament, Jefferson County lost its first game to Bi-State, 4-1, and was eliminated from further play.

The Junior Baseball District 6, Area 1 Tournament saw Morgan County top Jefferson County, 8-4, in its first game. In the loser’s bracket, Jefferson County eliminated Martinsburg, 16-4, and then eliminated South Berkeley, 11-1, in the bracket’s title game. The win over South Berkeley sent Jefferson to the District 6 final tournament.

Jefferson scored six runs in the sixth inning to get away from Martinsburg. Jacob Pullen had four hits, including an inside-the-park home run. Pullen was also Jefferson’s winning pitcher.

In the win over South Berkeley, Jefferson scored eight runs in the first inning. Noah Cunningham had four RBIs in the mercy rule game.

Jefferson County and winner’s bracket titleist Morgan County moved along to the District Final Tournament in Hedgesville. In its only game in that tourney, Jefferson County dropped a 5-4 decision to Hampshire, which rallied for all its runs in the last two innings. Jerrett Brumm, C.J. Williams and E.J. Mansell had early-game RBIs for Jefferson County.

Charles Town-Ranson did not field a team in the District 6, Area 1 Junior Baseball Tournament. None of the teams from the county were still playing after July 8.

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