UPDATE, 9 p.m.: Great Falls was defeated by Warner Robins, 5-1, and will not be advancing to the World Series.
ORIGINAL POST: As far as anyone can tell, it’s been a long time since any Little League baseball team from Northern Virginia has made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. But a team from Great Falls is destroying the competition in the Southeast Region so far, and is on ESPN2 tonight with a chance to move one step closer to the World Series.
The team of 12-and-under boys is coached by Ryan Novak, and is playing in an eight-team regional tournament in Warner Robins, Ga. Warner Robins itself has a powerhouse team which won the World Series in 2007. Great Falls is Virginia’s representative in the region, and plays Warner Robins at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.
Great Falls won its previous two games by the “mercy rule,” in which a 10-run lead after four innings means “game over.” They thumped the South Carolina champion 12-1, and then the West Virginia champion 13-0. Great Falls is the only team to go 3-0 in the region, led by Kyle Novak with three home runs, Jason Volpicelli with two homers and four players hitting at least .500 so far. If Great Falls beats Warner Robins, they will play for the regional championship, and a trip to the World Series, on Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Here is some raw footage from WUSA-9 after Great Falls’s Saturday thrashing of South Carolina: