Local Little League teams advance

By CT McDonald

Irmo Little League baseball teams are headed to state tournaments, and there are more than just a handful of them.

Irmo Little League (ILL) will host the 9, 10 and 11-years old Little League Baseball State Tournament at Friarsgate Park next Thursday through Sunday (July 6-9) and the Irmo team will represent the ILL as the District 3 winner.

Seven teams will be playing over the four-day event at Friarsgate Park.

And other Ill teams are also set to compete in upcoming state tournaments.

Irmo Gold earned runner-up in the recent District Three 8, 9 and 10-years old Little League Baseball tournament at Friarsgate Park and advanced to the state tournament at Greenwood starting July 6 and running through July 11.

Mid-Carolina American took first place and will also be playing in the state tournament.

With 11 teams competing over the six-day event, there should also be a lot of summer baseball activity at the Greenwood fields starting next week.

And, most recently, Irmo won the 10, 11 and 12-years old District 3 baseball tournament when the ILL team defeated Trenholm Blue 12-2 in the deciding game on Monday.

With that, Irmo advanced to the Little League Baseball State Tournament set for July 13-18 at Friarsgate Park.

Yet another ILL team is headed to a state tournament. Irmo will represent District 3 in the Intermediate Baseball State Tournament at John’s Island July 7-9. In this three-team tournament, Irmo will compete against two teams from District 2, with the Barrier Islands Little League hosting the event.

And the Irmo Seniors team will be the District 3 contender in the Little League Baseball Seniors State Tournament at Greenville’s Conestee Stadium July 7-9. This is also a three-team tournament with Districts 2 and 7 also competing.

Finally, beginning July 14, an ILL team will be playing in the Little League Baseball Juniors State Tournament, and this event will also be held at Greenville’s Conestee Stadium. It’s a five-team tournament, and it wraps up on July 17 with the state championship game(s).

Summer baseball is on the move with more to come.