Team heads to State Championship

Published 4:09 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2023

In 2005, Lunenburg Girls’ Softball, (LGS) who play at Bolter Field in Kenbridge, voted and chose to make a bold step to give girls in our area the same opportunity to play tournament ball that the boys had been playing for many years.

In 2006, LGS started the Dixie regular season format with five age groups, Darlings (7-8), Angels (9-10), Ponytails (11-12), Belles (13- 15), and Debs (16-18) and then played in the team’s first District One tournament in Emporia.

The Darlings came away with the Sportsmanship trophy that year, which started our new league on the right foot. It only took until the next season for LGS to win its first District Title, as the Darlings won the District One tournament championship in front of the home crowd to advance to the state tournament.

As you can see by the signs around the field, these girls have had several teams win Districts championships since then, advancing to state tournaments.

“We have even had numerous state runner-up titles. Always a bridesmaid. … We have had upsets and triumphs as we have made a long journey,” said LGS President Tony Matthews.

“However; after 17 years in the Dixie Softball organization, our 2023 Debs have taken the next step.”

Last week, the Debs became the first LGS team to win the State Championship of Virginia and will head to Louisiana on July 28 to participate in the Dixie Softball World Series.

“The girls of our county have punched their tickets and have achieved the success level we all knew they could,” Matthew said.

According to Matthews, there is an account set up at Benchmark Bank, Lunenburg Girls’ Softball Tournament Account. If you would like to donate, all are welcome to do so. There will also be countless fundraisers to make this a great experience for the girls.