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After the 3A East championship game between Lafayette and Loudoun Valley was canceled in the fourth inning because of weather, the two teams were named co-region champions.
With both teams tied 0-0 in the top of the fourth inning, lightning and thunder began to roll through the area, prompting a weather delay.
With the game being played at Loudoun Valley High School and Lafayette students in the midst of exam week, traveling back to resume the game Tuesday was deemed unreasonable.
After trying to wait the storm out, athletic directors and coaches from both schools agreed to call the game and recognize Lafayette and Loudoun Valley as co-region champions. As a result of the decision, Lafayette will enter the state tournament as the second seed from the region because Loudoun Valley entered the region tournament as a higher seed.
While Lafayette Coach Rick Schenk was disappointed his team could not finish the game against Loudoun Valley, he said he and his team were able to take away positives from the experience.
“Pitching-wise we were in good shape. I didn’t throw my No. 1 or my No. 2. It was nothing that really hurt us. I’d always like to play the game, don’t get me wrong. It’s best for all of us,” he said. “Loudoun Valley won [the state title] last year and I got to see what I needed to see from them. I got to see their hitting and pitching, so I know what they’ve got.”
The game will be scored as a tie for both teams, bringing Lafayette’s record to 16-6-1.
Lafayette will take on Monticello in the opening game of the Group 3A state baseball tournament at 3 p.m. Friday.