An act of poor sportsmanship left an all female junior league softball team from Virginia out of championship contention.
Just hours before the undefeated Atlee junior league softball team from Mechanicsville were set to take the field on Saturday to play the championship game at the Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Washington, the team was disqualified, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.
The decision to bar the team from participating in the nationally televised game came after a photo was posted to social media showing six teammates giving the finger.
A Little League softball team was disqualified from playing in the championship after a crude image was uploaded to social media (Pictured: Atlee softball teammates)
Below the picture a caption read: 'watch out host.'
The picture was posted following Atlee's win over home team Kirkland in a tight 1-0 semifinal victory on Friday.
Despite Atlee Head Coach Scott Currie instructing the team to immediately delete the inappropriate post and personally apologize to their defeated opponents, Little League officials nevertheless decided to exclude the team from participating in the final game.
Kirkland was awarded the championship berth by default.
Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain called the Snapchat post 'inappropriate,' adding that the image was a 'violation of Little League's policies regarding unsportsmanlike