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VIDEO: Middlesex Majors finish 5th in 12-team tournament

Patrick Larson of the Middlesex Major League All-Stars reaches first base on an infield single on Tuesday, June 26, against the Caroline All-Stars in the District 15 Tournament at the Middlesex Sports Complex. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex Little League Major Division baseball all-stars (ages 10-12) were defeated in the double elimination Virginia District 15 Little League Major League Baseball tournament last week. After winning its first two games by a combined score of 35-5, Middlesex lost 6-1 to Caroline and 7-3 to Lancaster. The Middlesex team finished fifth overall in the 12 team tournament.

“We finished fifth and for us that is a big jump,” said team manager Joey Fitchett. “We have been in this tournament the last five years and never won a game until this year.

“Every year it was two games lost and we were out,” said Fitchett. “Most of the losses involved the slaughter run rule. This year not only did we win two games but we were competitive in both of the games that we lost.

“I am real proud of our team and have enjoyed watching the growth of these young men as they have become better baseball players,” he said.

Fitchett noted that only four of the players on the team will be returning next year. “It has been a pleasure working with them and I see some real potential coming up for our Middlesex High School baseball program.”

The Spotsylvania National team came out of the losers bracket to beat Caroline twice for the title.

In Middlesex’s 6-1 loss to Caroline on June 26, its only run came in the fourth inning when Simon Larson walked and scored when Cameron Byers hit a pop fly into right field that fell between the first baseman and right fielder for an RBI single. 

On June 27 against Lancaster, Middlesex’s three runs came when Byers had a two-run single and Jackson Murray had a base hit and drove in a run.

posted 07.04.2018

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