Richmond Little League and Girls Softball season canceled

Members of Richmond Little League and Girls Softball pose for a photo at Nicholl Park in Richmond in 2019. (Photo: Mike Kinney)

By Mike Kinney

Richmond Little League and Girls Softball has officially canceled its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, league President Mark Torres said.

The league launched in 2006 after a decade in which Richmond lacked a Little League organization. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic means the bats will again go silent in Richmond.

“It’s official as of last night,” Torres posted to Facebook. “Our Richmond Little League’s 2020 Baseball and Girls’ softball season is officially canceled. So sorry for all our families. Sign-ups for next year start October 1.”

Until then, Torres told the Standard he hopes everyone in the community adhere to public safety guidelines such as wearing masks and social distancing, “so we can have a Little League season next year.” 

Torres, who has serve as president for more than a decade, has said the league provides a constructive space for inner-city youth to stay active and engaged. And the people who run the league are meanwhile serving the community.

“Many of our board members and Little League families are first responders or work in local food pantries,” Torres said. “If any families or individuals in the community are experiencing food insecurities, please contact us at [email protected] so we can be of assistance.”