They were supposed to play in the title game.
The Atlee (Va.) Little League softball team was close to winning it all at the Junior League World Series, but a Snapchat post cost the team a shot at the title.
The Junior League is for girls ages 12-to-15. Atlee won its semifinal matchup over host Kirkland (Wash.) on Friday to advance to the championship.
However, several team members appeared on social media later that evening giving the middle finger to the Kirkland team.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has the details:
After Friday’s game, a member of the Atlee team posted a picture on Snapchat showing six members of the team showing their middle fingers. The caption made it clear the gesture was intended for the Kirkland team.
Atlee manager Scott Currie said after the post was called to his attention, it was deleted immediately. He arranged for his team to deliver an apology in person that night to the Kirkland players. He said after the apologies, a Kirkland coach lauded the effort.
However, on Saturday morning, the head office of the Little League World Series disqualified Atlee from the tournament, and awarded Kirkland the berth in the title game.
You can see a screenshot of the post below.
— Boring Me 2 Death (@BoringMe2Death) August 6, 2017
The post itself was clearly inappropriate and immature, but was it worthy of an expulsion for the tournament?
The Atlee manager didn’t think so. What do you think?