By CT McDonald
While some Irmo Little League (ILL) teams recently completed their runs in state tournaments, others are just getting started.
After winning the District Three tournament undefeated, the 8-9-and 10-year-old Irmo Gold Minors baseball team played in the South Carolina Little League State Tournament at Summerville, SC recently and finished 2-2, losing by a single run in the fourth game.
Irmo started the tourney in the second day of competition with a 9-5 loss to the District One champ, Wren, but rebounded to defeat Summerville Red 15-1 in the second game. Irmo then beat Tega Cay-Fort Mill (TCFM) 23-7 in Game Three to advance to the next elimination round. There Irmo lost 13-12 to Summerville Blue to end its season in elimination games in the fifth round of competition at the SC state tournament.
The ILL Softball Minors played in the state tournament along with Trenholm and Blue Ridge, and each team won a game and lost a game to complete the tournament in a tie. The next step for Little League Softball Minors teams is regional competition at Clarksville, TN starting Friday.
Irmo’s 9-11-year-old baseball team (boys 11’s) competed as the District Three champ in the recent state tournament hosted by Northwood Little League at Taylors, SC and also finished 2-2 in an elimination round.
Irmo beat Greenville 10-5 in the first game, then lost by a run (11-10) to Laurens in the second round. But Irmo came back in the third game to defeat CSRA 17-2 before taking a 12-2 loss to Greenville in an elimination game in the fourth round of competition at the state tournament.
Mid-Carolina Little League (MCLL) represented District Three (D3) in the recent Little League 11-13 state tournament and won it with a 4-1 finish, advancing the Pomaria-area D3 team to the Southeast Regional Tournament starting Friday at Kennersville, NC. Now MCLL will also represent District Three in the Little League 11-12 Majors state tournament starting Friday at Taylors, SC, with Northwood Little League hosting the event.
But the Irmo Little League team is the District Three entry in Friday’s Junior League (12-14) state tournament at Darlington. Irmo and Darlington are the only two teams in the two-day competition, and the winner will advance to the regional tournament at Fort Myers, FL.
Junior League Softball teams will compete in the regional tournament at Salisbury, NC, bypassing district and state tournament competition; there is none, according to SC Little League information.
After all summer season tournaments are completed, the Irmo Little League will be gearing up for the fall season, playing home games at Friarsgate Park far beyond the summer baseball/softball seasons.