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The Danville Nationals continued their magic ride in the VA State Little League tournament on Monday morning, defeating SYA East, top seed in Pool 3. Coming out of pool play, SYA East had scored 38 runs in three games. However, Christian Lancaster pitched a complete game shutting down the powerhouse from Fairfax county. Lancaster received solid defensive support, including an outfield assist from Josh Smith, and a heads-up play from Grant Elliott who tracked down an SYA East runner in a foot-race to the plate.
In the fifth inning, down 0-2, the Nationals managed to grab the lead. Christian Lancaster reached on a two-out double. Dylan Harraway followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit in half. SYA then elected to pitch to a red-hot Elliott, who smashed the first pitch deep over the center-field fence for a 3-2 lead. The Nationals held the SYA big guns at bay in the 5th and 6th inning to secure the win.
The victory over SYA was especially sweet, as the two teams met in the 2013 VA State Little League 9-10 year old tournament. That game was a one-sided victory for SYA East, ending by slaughter rule.
The Nationals face Central Loudoun National, top seed in Pool 1, at 4:30 pm Monday.
The Danville National 11/12 All-Stars fell to District 5 powerhouse Mechanicsville 13-3 on Sunday. Strong hitting by the victors, and defensive lapses by the Nationals made for a long day for Danville pitchers. Offensively, three solo homers accounted for Danville runs, two by Grant Elliott and one by Addison Clark. Unfortunately Danville struggled to put runners on base for the sluggers to drive in.
Danville will face SYA (Fairfax) East at 9:30 am on Monday. With a win they will advance to the semifinals at 4:30 pm Monday evening vs. the Central Loudoun-Abingdon winner.
The Danville National 11/12 All-Stars' bat came to life, hammering York County Nationals in an 11-3 win on Saturday. York County went up 1-0 in the top of the 1st. The lead was short-lived, as Colin Moore and Grant Elliott went deep on back-to-back pitches in the bottom half to give Danville a 3-1 lead.
York later tied the score at 3-3, but Danville answered with three in the bottom to go ahead 6-3. The Nationals sealed it in the bottom of the 5th with five runs, capped by a Grant Elliott grand slam.
With the win, Danville moves to 2-0 in pool play. They will face Mechanicsville on Sunday at 4:!5 pm for top position in the pool. Regardless of the outcome of Sunday's game, both teams will advance to Monday's quarterfinals.
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