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Needville Little League out of regional due to positive COVID-19 test

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Winners' walk

The Needville Little League 12U All-Stars walk off the field after beating Pearland 8-4 to advance to the Southwest Regional tournament.

Hours after a dominating performance, the Needville Little League All-Stars are now out of the Little League Southwest Regional tournament.

Little League International said on Friday morning that at least one Needville player and/or coach tested positive for COVID-19, and the team will not be allowed continue to participate in the tournament, according to a statement.

“Little League International has been informed of at least one positive COVID-19 test within multiple teams participating in the Little League Baseball Southwest Region Tournament. The teams impacted are the Mississippi State Champion, Oklahoma State Champion, and Texas East State Champion,” the statement read.

Needville won the Texas East state championship in July and played the first game of the Southwest Regional tournament in Waco on Thursday afternoon, beating the Arkansas champion, Junior Deputy, 13-0.

Needville was supposed to face the Louisiana champion from Lafayette on Saturday night in the winner’s bracket, so Louisiana will advance via forfeit.

According to the Little League website, all players and coaches will undergo COVID-19 testing prior to arrival at the tournament and throughout the tournament.

“The team members and their families have been informed of all appropriate health measures to help ensure all individuals are cared for, and that appropriate isolation and quarantine efforts are being followed,” the statement said.

Little League is using the same saliva-based COVID-19 tests that are used in Major League Baseball, and the PCR tests "have a more than 99% sensitivity for detection of the virus and are considered the 'gold standard' for detecting whether the virus is present, even low viral loads in the absence of symptoms."

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