By CT McDonald
With the Little League Coaches Pitch state tournaments just completed in mid-June, other Irmo Little League teams will now be competing in their own division’s state tournaments next week, and beyond.
Mid-Carolina and Irmo Gold represented District Three in the coaches pitch baseball state tournament as the district winner and runner-up, respectively, but the home team, Northwood, won that event at Taylors.
Friarsgate Park, home of the Irmo Little League, was also the host site for the District Three coaches pitch softball tournament in early June, and that tourney completed with Mid-Carolina and Trenholm finishing as winner and runner-up, respectively, sending them to the state tournament at Trenholm Park. And the Hartsville girls won that state tournament during the same weekend as the baseball tournament at Taylors.
Now, the 8, 9 and 10-year-old (8/9/10) division teams will kick off their own state tournament at Summerville on Thursday, next week — and the Irmo Little League will be there.
Irmo Gold won the District Three baseball tournament recently, with Trenholm taking runner-up, and they will both play in the baseball state tournament at Summerville. Irmo Gold is set to play three games in pool play, one each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Finals competition will be Sunday and Monday for the teams that finished pool play in first, second and third position.
In the 8/9/10 little league softball division, Trenholm will represent District Three in the state tournament, also starting July 7.
But Irmo Little League (ILL) teams will represent District Three in both the 9/10/11 baseball and softball state tournaments, and both of those state tournaments will take place at Friarsgate Park, beginning Thursday, July 7 (baseball) and July 9 (softball).
Eight teams from little league districts around the state are set to play in the baseball tournament’s pool play competition Thursday through Saturday, with the finals games July 10. The two-team, double elimination softball state tournament begins Saturday between Irmo and the District Five representative with two games on the agenda for that day, and a third set, if needed, to determine a tournament winner.
Additional little league state tournaments from the 10/11/12 division through the seniors are coming up in the next couple of weeks, and ILL teams are already set to play in some of those events.