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Minors finish 10-3

The Prince Edward-Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) Minors All-Star team, representing Virginia, lost 9-5 to Louisiana on Monday, ending its run in the 2017 Dixie Youth Baseball AAA Minor League World Series in Oxford, Alabama.

Virginia led Louisiana 5-3 in the top of the fourth inning Sunday afternoon when heavy rain suspended play. Play resumed shortly before 1 p.m. EST on Monday.

“That rain delay messed us up,” Virginia Manager Jerry Morgan said. “We came out and just didn’t do anything. I think if we would have continued to play (Sunday) that we could have won the game with the momentum that we had going.”

Harold Landis provided a highlight in the game, hitting a triple. He and Noah Boehmer handled pitching duties Monday, while Leighton Folz pitched Sunday.

The PEFYA Minors opened their play in the World Series on Saturday evening, falling 10-2 to Arkansas.

“Our bats weren’t doing nothing tonight,” Morgan said Saturday. “… I think nerves had a lot to do with it, just the big spotlight that they were in.”

But he noted his team bounced back significantly Sunday.

“I think there should be no reason why they shouldn’t leave with their head held high for all the stuff that they have accomplished over the summer,” he said.

Prince Edward-Farmville finished the summer with a 10-3 record. After going 5-0 in its district tournament, it went 5-1 in the state tourney, making history by becoming the inaugural PEFYA Minors team to win a state championship and advance to the World Series.

Morgan said he would remember the boys for “their hard work and dedication to the game of baseball. They stuck together and then fought together and just went with it.”