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Sat., Jul. 23 - Manassas Blue and Gray 8U team heads to World Series
Sat., Jul. 23 - Prince William County election precincts are moving here, there and everywhere or so it seems.
Sat., Jul. 23 - A single vehicle crash into a garage ends in death at Gainesville residence.
Fri., Jul. 22 - Acqtel Realty hosted a pig roast themed luau to celebrate the grand opening of their newly renovated historic office in Old Town Manassas.
Fri., Jul. 22 - Some history is worth repeating.
Thu., Jul. 21 - Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue First Battalion Companies trained in the heat on structures located on James Madison Highway in Haymarket throughout last weekend.
Thu., Jul. 21 - Transportation projects continue throughout the Haymarket and Gainesville region.
Thu., Jul. 21 - Call To Action.
Wed., Jul. 20 - Events and happenings around Prince William County.
Wed., Jul. 20 - The Tony and Grammy award-winning "Into the Woods" off Upper Room Theatre's 15th anniversary season.
GMBL’S Comeback Kids
© Gainesville Times
One of those GMBL squads played so well, they'll be asked to play some more - in the Babe Ruth World Series.
Carrying the banner of the Manassas Blue and Gray, the 8-and-under (8U) softball all-stars smashed their way to the regional championship game. That runner-up status earned the team of 13 local girls a spot in the division's ultimate tournament which starts Aug. 4 in Jensen Beach, Fla.
World Series bound
In the first inning of the first game of the Southeast Region 8U softball tournament in Varina, Va., the girls from Manassas let their opponents pour 10 runs across the plate.
Then they settled down, surrendering just 10 runs over the rest of the tournament.
"The girls looked a little flat, weren't really ready for the other side's intensity," said fourth-year team manager Charlie Joo. "They hadn't really played any close games until we got to regions."
Manassas's comeback attempt in the tourney opener against Pitt County came up short, as a 14-12 setback placed the GMBL team into the loser's bracket of the double-elimination competition. That's when the defense woke up.
"These girls are great at minimizing their mistakes," the coach said. "It's very obvious that they all have parents who work with them at home."
With solid defense supporting a relentless offense, Manassas blew past Rockville 15-0, upended Glen Allen 15-2 and dismissed Alexander 29-1, setting up an exciting rematch with Pitt County.
"That game was so close," Joo recalled. "Every inning, someone was in position to score a run. Both teams made great defensive plays throughout the game."
Pitt nipped Manassas 4-3 to claim the regional title, though the season continues for the local girls.
"They've definitely learned how to be a team," Joo said. "They exceeded my expectations a long time ago, because they play so well together."
Also representing the Blue and Gray at the regional level were two state-champion GMBL baseball teams and another softball squad.
In Roanoke Rapids, N.C., the GMBL's 9Y baseball team went 2-0 in pool play, knocking off Laurenburg 12-2 in four innings before coming from behind to defeat fellow Virginia representative Glen Allen 20-14.
A comeback effort against Glen Allen on July 3 in the state championship game gave Manassas its first state tournament in 13 years.
The Manassas boys lost in the semifinal of the tournament's four-team playoff, falling 13-12 to South Charlotte.
Playing in Martin, Tenn., the GMBL 8U baseball team earned a 1-2 record in its tournament's pool play, including a 15-14 setback to Indian Trail followed by a 15-5 trouncing of Maury County. Manassas succumbed in the double-elimination tourney with a 29-16 loss to eventual runner-up Fossil Park.
The 14U softball team ran up against stiff competition at its regional tourney in Varina, losing 12-0 and 13-1 to North Buncombe and Hendersonville, respectively.
The Manassas Blue and Gray players
kept their eyes on the ball - all the way
to this week's Babe Ruth World Series
in Jensen Beach, Fla. Courtesy photo.