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Vienna Little League hosts state tourney

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Many of the best youth players in Virginia will be competing at Yeonas Park July 23-27 when Vienna Little League hosts the premier 16-team Majors-age all-star state baseball tournament at its three-field complex.

First, a parade of championship teams and opening ceremonies will occur July 22 to kick off the event. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. from the Cedar Park Shopping Center, then down Patrick Street to Yeonas Park. The parade will be led by the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents and the Vienna Fire Department.

Opening ceremonies begin at 6:15 p.m. with D.C. Washington singing the National Anthem and Gov. Northam throwing out the first pitch, along with Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert.

Games begin July 23 at 9 a.m. and will be played on Crabtree and Rhoades diamonds. The league’s concessions stands will be open and food trucks will be at the park, as well.

The Vienna National All-Stars will be one of the 16 teams participating as the District 4 tournament champions.

“We have been working hard on this and are looking forward to the tournament starting,” said tournament coordinator Lynn Jacquez. “We are so glad to have one of our Vienna teams competing.”

Vienna Little League president Michael Jreige explained that the league has been preparing to host the tournament by making upgrades and improvements to Yeonas Park.

“We expect a lot of people to visit,” Jreige said. “So you want to showcase District 4 and Vienna Little League when you host an event like this. So we have made all of those upgrades we have wanted to do, but had been putting off. We have cleared brush, fixed lights and added lights, upgraded the sound systems, fixed dugout gates and added batting-helmet racks, put [artificial] turf behind home plate, put real padding behind backstops and cleaned up the edges and sodded some areas of the field.”

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