Saturday’s regional sports roundup: Atlee girls DQ’d from national Junior League title game on ESPN2 because of … – Daily Press


The Atlee Little League’s dream run through softball’s Junior League World Series ended in a nightmare Saturday morning, just hours before the Richmond-area team was to take the field in the ESPN2-televised championship game in Kirkland, Wash.

Little League officials in Williamsport, Pa., disqualified the team of 12-to-14-year-olds because of an inappropriate social media posting. Atlee manager Scott Currie told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the post, which followed his team’s win over host Kirkland in a semifinal Friday, reflected bad sportsmanship.

Six Atlee players were photographed making a hand gesture often described as “flipping the bird,” with the words “watch out host” underneath. An Atlee player posted the photo on Snapchat, according to the Times-Dispatch.