Batting next, Rappahannock’s own Little League girls softball league

Starting next January, Rappahannock Little League girls softball — sanctioned for the last 28 years as part of Culpeper Little League — will be chartered solely as Rappahannock Little League, under Williamsport Little League.

Culpeper Little League’s girls softball Yankees (ages 9-10) and Orioles (ages 7-8), for the spring 2013 season, were composed entirely of Rappahannock County players. Courtesy photos.
Culpeper Little League’s girls softball Yankees (ages 9-10) and Orioles (ages 7-8), for the spring 2013 season, were composed entirely of Rappahannock County players. Courtesy photos.

“We are very excited about our new adventure, as this will open up new opportunities for our community and the Rappahannock County High School program,” said organizer Carl Payne, referring to the program that RCHS started in 1987, to which the Little League softball program here has sent many talented athletes over the years.

“To be competitive, a strong feeder program is necessary for RCHS. We can charter our program to fit our county needs and recruit more talent. Along with our great coaching, we will be able to send more talented softball players into the high school program. We will be working with RCHS athletic director [Jimmy Swindler] to make this a success. The AD supports our new adventure and will work with us as well.”

The 2013 Orioles team (ages 7-8).
The 2013 Orioles team (ages 7-8).

The league hopes to be able to recruit more players in the community and expand the number of teams, which will play within the new Rappahannock league as well as other Little Leagues, including those in Culpeper, Madison, Luray and other nearby counties.

“Many of our parents and coaches came through the Little League softball program and are excited to charter our own league for Rappahannock,” Payne said. “This is a great opportunity for our county.”

The league is recruiting girls for the 2014 spring season (ages 4 through 16), and is also holding an organizational meeting to establish the Rappahannock County Little League program’s board of director and constitution. All interested in becoming part of the organization are welcome at the meeting, which is Sunday, Oct. 13, at Rappahannock County Elementary School.

For more information about joining the league, or attending the meeting, contact Carl Payne at 540-987-8148 or Karen Ellis at 540-987-7212.

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