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Travel scam doesn’t keep Guam team from World Series

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The girls from Guam had a lot to deal with before they even came close to a softball field this week.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The girls from Guam had a lot to deal with before they even came close to a softball field this week.

Imagine the horror of arriving at the airport to learn the airline has no record of your plane tickets. Now multiply that by 32 people and add $40,000. That’s the heart-stopping travel nightmare that a Little League team from Hagåtña, Guam, experienced when they and their parents tried to board a plane for the Little League World Series in Delaware.

The teenage girls were excited to represent the Asia-Pacific region for the Senior League Softball World Series, played this week in Roxana. After playing in the 2010 series, Jessilyn Balajadia, 21, was returning to coach her little sister, under their father, manager Jesse Balajadia.

Luckily, they planned to fly early, on July 31, and stay a day in Philadelphia, with plenty of time before opening ceremonies on Aug. 2. But when they arrived at the airport in Guam, there were no reservations.

Delaware Major League girls named Mid-Atlantic champs, regional runners-up

Landing just shy of greatness, Lower Sussex Little League put on a good show last week in Connecticut.
Locally considered the Major League All-Star softball team, the age 11/12 girls were named the Mid-Atlantic champions, though they were first runner-up in the overall Little League Softball Eastern Regional tournament.

The girls have arrived... well, almost

Next week, the Lower Sussex Little League Complex in Roxana will be inundated with softball players from around the globe, for the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series.

World-class players ranging in age from 13 to 18 will compete in the two tournaments, which begin Sunday, Aug. 2, and run through Sunday, Aug. 8.

First-ever Challenger Division exhibition game set for Softball World Series in Roxana

Coastal Point • Submitted:  Challenger Division athletes will exhibit their love of the game at the World Series in Roxana on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: Challenger Division athletes will exhibit their love of the game at the World Series in Roxana on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m.This year, for the first time, two local Challenger Division teams will participate in the first Challenger Exhibition Game at the Senior League Softball and Big League Softball World Series Tournaments in Roxana, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m.

In 1989, the Little League Challenger Division was established to provide a Little League experience to children with physical and intellectual challenges. In 2001, Little League gave two Challenger Division teams the opportunity to play a game at the Little League Baseball World Series. First played in 2008, the game at the Little League Softball World Series has become a tradition in Portland, Ore., and will be take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 12:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the 15th Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game will be played at Volunteer Stadium, featuring teams from State College, Pa., and Houston, Texas. Teams will also play at the Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:45 a.m. This year, for the first time, Little League International is supporting the participating leagues with a $15,000 grant to help offset the costs for the teams to participate in the Exhibition Game.

BREAKING NEWS: Community coming together to send LSLL All-Stars to regionals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The LSLL Junior League All-Stars won the state title on Saturday night, but they need your help to get to Regionals.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The LSLL Junior League All-Stars won the state title on Saturday night, but they need your help to get to Regionals.After winning their second straight state championship, the Lower Sussex Junior League All-Stars are headed to the regional tournament in Connecticut — that is, if they can raise enough money first.

Last year, at the Major League level, after becoming the first LSLL softball team in program history to win a state title, some of the girls’ expenses were covered when they got to Bristol, Conn., for tournament play. But this year, at the Junior League level, they’re going to need a little more help.

“Last year, all the girls’ lodging, all the girls’ meals, all the girls’ laundry was all done by Bristol — none of it is this year,” explained LSLL head coach Mike Patille. “We gotta get the girls hotel rooms; we gotta get transportation back and forth to the parks; we gotta feed them; we gotta get their uniforms laundered every day — everything is on us this year.”

Patille estimated that, including travel expenses and lodging, the team need could need to raise upwards of $10,000 to make it to regionals to battle for a chance to get to the Little League World Series in Washington.

SPORTS UPDATE: Lower Sussex routs Camden-Wyoming 12-1 in six innings

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: LSLL catcher Grace Snyder looks to slide home in the first inning of Wednesday night's game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: LSLL catcher Grace Snyder looks to slide home in the first inning of Wednesday night's game.They only needed six innings.

After third-baseman Kaylah Briddell belted a lead-off single and then stole second base, the Lower Sussex Junior League All-Stars never let up, rolling District I (Camden-Wyoming) 12-1 in the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday night.

Briddell would eventually score, to give LSLL a 1-0 lead, after being knocked in on a line-drive shot to center off the bat of pitcher Nicole Patille. Patille tripled on the play, making it 2-0 when catcher Grace Snyder managed to hit her in on an infield double. Then, Snyder would head for home after a double from LF/P Abby O’Shields, beating the throw home, to give Lower Sussex a 3-0 lead.

“When you start game and you get runs immediately, the wind’s in your sails,” said LSLL head coach Mike Patille. “Everybody was driving. All of it came together.”

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Rally in the sixth boosts USA East to 3-0 win vs. Delaware District 3

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : USA East runner Michele Fisher gets tagged out at homeplate by District III catcher Taylor Collins.Sunday, after the rain delayed the night’s games.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : USA East runner Michele Fisher gets tagged out at homeplate by District III catcher Taylor Collins.Sunday, after the rain delayed the night’s games.The Senior League Softball World Series officially got under way on Sunday, Aug. 3, with the District 1 All-Stars from Edinboro, Cochrantan and Saege, Pa. (USA East) taking on Nanticoke Little League (Delaware District III) after rain delays got the game and the tournament off to a late start.

In what turned out to be a defensive battle, it was USA East that would record the 3-0 victory in less-than-ideal field conditions after a heavy downpour.

“I think the rain held us up a little,” said Nanticoke head coach Mark Marks. “Ball’s a little wet out here, little hard to keep control of.”

The game remained at 0-0 until the top of the sixth inning, when USA East’s Michele Fisher would score from third off an RBI-bunt from teammate Maile Chang, to take a 1-0 lead. Chang ended up with a double off the bunt and would score herself to make it 2-0 when Katelyn Neff knocked a shot up the middle for an RBI-single.

USA East made it 3-0 in the next inning, when Mackenzie Hawley connected with a shot deep into the outfield for an inside-the-park home run.

With only one more chance to answer in the bottom of the seventh, Nanticoke centerfielder Alysaa Collins got on base with a shot up the middle, to start the second half of the inning, but East pitcher Emma Osborne held strong to finish out the game and record the win. Osborne pitched a complete game and notched seven strikeouts.

Saulnier leads Canada to win over USA West

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Canada’s Jenn Saulnier (14) and Hailey Young (8) celebrate.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Jenn Saulnier (14) and Hailey Young (8) celebrate.Jenna Saulnier pitched seven innings of shutout ball, including escaping an impressive bases-loaded jam in the final frame, to lead Canada (Victoria, British Columbia) to a 2-0 win over USA West (Missoula, Montana) in their opening game of the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Both Saulnier and West pitcher Macey Newbary hurled scoreless innings until the top of the third, when Canada drew first blood.

Saulnier helped her cause with a double to deep right with one out, and came around to score on a single by Emily Charchuk. Sydney Sparanese followed with another single to put two runners on base, but Newbary was able to record back-to-back strikeouts to escape any further damage.

The two pitchers stayed locked in a tight 1-0 game, and Canada appeared to be ready to break it open in the sixth inning. Hailey Young and Raven McKinney led off the top of the sixth with walks, but Newbary was again able to escape further damage, inducing two groundouts and a strikeout to end the inning.

She was not so fortunate in the seventh, however. Rien Milliken led off with a long double to centerfield, and Saulnier moved her over to third with a groundout before Charchuk got her second RBI of the game with a groundout to third.

Southwest shuts out Southeast in five

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Southeast pitcher Erin Kyle (5).Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Southeast pitcher Erin Kyle (5).Thanks to a flash rainstorm after opening ceremonies, a Senior League Softball World Series southern showdown between USA Southeast (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and USA Southwest (Brownsville, Texas) got a late start on Monday night and was eventually called after 1 a.m., in accordance with the curfew rule.

Despite the late-night play, the fans from Brownsville remained lively, cheering on their team and warning, “Don’t mess with Texas!”

Scoreless through the first two innings, Southwest loaded the bases in the third but was unable to capitalize after Southeast outfielder Anne Gerwitz made the play in right field to get them out of the inning safely.

Southeast would turn the double play to get out of the fourth inning and leave two runners on in the top of the fifth as the curfew approached with the game still scoreless.

Southwest sparked the offense in the bottom of the fifth when Melanie Gasca narrowly beat the throw to first for a single. Gasca would advance to second on a pitch gone awry, with Brissa Rivera loading the bases after being hit by the pitch with two outs.

Grand slam locks Central win over Latin America

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark:  Central’s Sydney Swartz (4) celebrates after scoring. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Central’s Sydney Swartz (4) celebrates after scoring. Never believe the action ends in the seventh inning. Anyone who left early from the Central vs. Latin America senior game on Sunday would have missed Taylor Meehan’s grand-slam homer, which cemented the 10-5 South Bend, Ind., victory over Maunabo, Puerto Rico.

Despite a 5-2 lead in the seventh, Central was just getting started, aiming deep and placing balls all over the outfield. The bats lit up, with Nichole Kirkpatrick, Alyssa Gutierrez and Mackenzie Shields on base.

After a walk brought in one runner, Meehan brought everyone else home with the grand slam.

“I was so nervous,” Mooney said, but she told herself, “Just clear your head — just swing.”

Central took an early lead in the first, with Alyssa Gutierrez slipping home and Megan Bonk placing the ball perfectly in an outside corner for a double and two RBIs.

Feliciano leads Latin America over Europe-Africa

Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Latin America pitcher Ninoshka Ortiz sends another one home.Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Latin America pitcher Ninoshka Ortiz sends another one home.Things started out well for the team from Wroclaw, Poland.

They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning over the Latin America squad from Maunabo, Puerto Rico, during their Senior League Softball World Series game in Roxana on Monday, Aug. 4.

It kind of went downhill from there, as Latin America used a nine-run second inning to spur them to a 15-3 win.

Luz Feliciano hit two home runs for Latin America, including a three-run blast in that second inning, to power Latin America to the win.

The Europe-Africa team did get off to a good start in their first at-bats of the game. Kamilia Bilinska drew a one-out walk to get their rally started, and she came around to break the ice on an error. Klaudia Rudyk later doubled-in Katarzyna Tokarz and Maja Zmyslona, to open up the lead to 3-0 over Latin America pitcher Ninoshka Ortiz. Those were the only runs Ortiz would allow on that day.

Southeast tops Canada in Senior action

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Emily Hiser (22) gets a hit. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Emily Hiser (22) gets a hit. Erin Kyle pitched a complete game for the win, and the Southeast team from Fort Myers, Fla., topped a game Canadian team 4-1 in their Senior League Softball World Series game in Roxana on Monday, Aug. 4.

USA Southeast got the scoring going right away in this game. Leadoff hitter Denia Bent singled to center to open things up in the top of the first, and Melinda Thirion drove her home with a two-out, two-run homer to left-center two batters later, and give Southeast a 2-0 lead over the team from Victoria, British Columbia.

That was all the support Kyle would need on this day.

It did look like Canada was going to make it interesting in the bottom half of the first. Rien Milliken singled to left, and later came around to score on a bases-loaded walk to Sydney Sparanese with one out. But Kyle was able to escape further damage, and Southeast ended the first with a 2-1 lead.

Meehan powers Central to 14-0 win over District III

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : District 3 pitcher Elisha Marks (12).Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : District 3 pitcher Elisha Marks (12).Taylor Meehan blasted three home runs to lead USA Central to a 14-0 win over the host District III team from Seaford during the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Monday, Aug. 4.

Mackenzie Shields got things going Central (South Bend, Ind.) with a one-out single in the top of the first, before coming around to score on a groundout by Jordyn Westphal. Meehan then blasted a two-out home run to center to extend the lead to 2-0.

Following a scoreless frame for District III in the bottom half of the first, Central opened up the game in the second inning.

Dezaray Watts led off with a bunt single and eventually came around to score on a bases-loaded bunt by Alyssa Gutierrez. Shields bunted home Ashton Woods, to open the score up to 4-0, and an error and a wild pitch made it 6-0 before Meehand blasted her second home run in as many innings, to extend the Central lead to 8-0.

USA Central rolls USA East in Senior League play

Special to the Coastal Point • Caroline Donovan  : Dezaray Watts slides in to score while USA?East’s catcher waits for the ball.Special to the Coastal Point • Caroline Donovan : Dezaray Watts slides in to score while USA?East’s catcher waits for the ball.The 10-run rule was enacted during the Senior League Softball World Series matchup on Tuesday between USA East (Edinboro/Coachrantan/Saege, Pa.) and USA Central (South Bend, Ind.), as multiple Central scoring runs lit up the score board in an 11-1 victory.

The Central bats started to heat up in the bottom of the second inning, after Nichole Kirkpatrick loaded the bases with an infield base hit. Alyssa Gutierrez added another infield base hit, to make it 2-0 Central, still in the bottom of the second. A bunt from Mackenzie Shields made it 3-0 on the next at-bat.

A line drive between third and short from Taylor Meehan scored two more Central runners, to make it 5-0 before USA East could get out of the inning.

Despite the tough inning, East manager Doug Hecker tried to keep his team from folding.

“Don’t quit. Do not quit,” he told his team as they approached the dugout.

Southeast shuts down Asia-Pacific, 13-0

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Southeast’s Cheyenne Krolczyk (8) attempts a force-out on Asia- Pacific’s Hyacinth Abanilla (1). Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Southeast’s Cheyenne Krolczyk (8) attempts a force-out on Asia- Pacific’s Hyacinth Abanilla (1). USA Southeast (Ft. Myers, Fla.) used a relentless offense and solid pitching to beat Asia-Pacific (Manila, Philippines) by a 13-0 score in Senior League Softball World Series action on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Leadoff hitter Denia Bent stroked a single to centerfield before being lifted for special pinch-runner Amanda Higgins. A groundout and wild pitch moved Higgins over to third, and she eventually made her way home on a groundout by Erin Kyle, to give Southeast a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Asia-Pacific pitcher Lovely Joy Redaja bore down after that, striking out two in a perfect second inning to keep the game tight.

Bent pitched two scoreless innings of her own for Southeast before being removed from the game in the top of the third after she reached first on a two-out error. McKenzie Corbitt followed that with a single, and Kyle singled in pinch-runner Deanne Goodlunis, to extend the lead to 2-0. A wild pitch scored Corbitt before the third ended, and Southeast had a 3-0 lead.

Goodlunis came in to take the mound in the bottom of the third and promptly put the Asia-Pacific batters down in order to finish the third. A tight game, however, became less so in the top of the fourth.

Europe-Africa tops District III in Seniors

Coastal Point photos  R. Chris Clark : Sara Davis tries to pull in a throw as Klaudia Rudyk makes it to the bag. Coastal Point photos R. Chris Clark : Sara Davis tries to pull in a throw as Klaudia Rudyk makes it to the bag. It was a good day to be a softball player from Wroclaw, Poland.

The players who represented the Europe-Africa team in the Senior League World Series used timely hitting and clutch pitching to top the District III team from Seaford, 11-7, in their battle in Roxana on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Europe-Africa pitcher Maja Zmyslona and District III’s Elisha Marks each threw scoreless first innings, and an unearned run for Europe-Africa in the second inning was the only score between the two teams through the first two innings.

Europe-Africa was able to get another run on an error in the top of the third inning, to push the lead to 2-0, before Luiza Wyrwas knocked in Weronika Przestrzelska and Klaudia Rudyk with a base hit, to stretch the lead to 4-0.

Just when it looked like Europe-Africa was going to run away with the game, District III answered in their half of the third.

Marks was able to help her pitching efforts with a single to knock in Aylssa Collins and narrow the gap to 4-1, before Kaitlyn Ward doubled in Marks and Taylor Collins, to make the game 4-3 and get the fans cheering loudly for the home team once again.

Garcia’s clutch ‘K’ secures Southwest win over Canada

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Jenna Saulnier throws the heater past Southwest’s Marquel Rivera. Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Jenna Saulnier throws the heater past Southwest’s Marquel Rivera. Bottom of the seventh. Bases loaded. Two strikes, two outs and a one-score game. That’s what the Softball World Series is all about, and that’s what the Senior League matchup between Canada (Victoria, British Columbia) and USA Southwest (Brownsville, Texas) came down to on Tuesday.

With her team up 5-4 and facing the ultimate pressure, Southwest pitcher Sabrina Garcia came through in the clutch with strike three to lock in the win. It was her eighth strikeout of the game.

“She has been in that situation before,” said Southwest manager Juan Rivera of Garcia’s impressive composure. “The confidence that she has in her backup, in her fielding, in her catcher is amazing. Like always, she always pulls out the win for us.”

Southwest took the lead in the first inning and would never trail in the game, as Garcia doubled to left field for an RBI, to give her team the early advantage. Canada would answer in the second inning and even the score, but a Doriana Alcalde RBI would score two runners for Southwest in the top of the third inning, to push the lead to 3-1.

California swoops in for first win over Canada

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark :  Above, Canada’s Hannah McClounie (13) gets the out on West’s Kylie Rawlins. Left, West game plans against Canada after a rain delay of about five hours.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Above, Canada’s Hannah McClounie (13) gets the out on West’s Kylie Rawlins. Left, West game plans against Canada after a rain delay of about five hours.Despite a weather delay that pushed their first game back about five hours, USA West was ready to play on Aug. 3, sweeping Canada in Game 1 of the Big League Softball World Series, 4-0.

Kaila Romero started the scoring in the third for the Antelope Valley, Calif., team hitting a solid pop center on the first pitch. That double brought an RBI home.

West did some more damage in the final inning, as Toni Hutnick hit a solid pop center for a double and two RBIs, running home herself on Romero’s left grounder.

Canada (Windsor, Ontario) was still working it in the field, holding West off in the second with a clean 4-6-3 double play, knocking runners off at second and first. Canada also tried to move girls forward on bunts but was quickly foiled.

West pitcher Mackenzie Draper held off the northern batters with about a dozen strikeouts.

‘Home State Showdown:’ USA?East edges District III 6-5 behind Reed

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Alexis Howerin is tagged out at second base as District III?pitcher Regan Green looks on.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Alexis Howerin is tagged out at second base as District III?pitcher Regan Green looks on.Though they hail from bordering counties within the same state, the USA East (Milford) and Delaware District III (Laurel) Big League Softball World Series teams took very different routes to make it to Roxana this year.

Laurel earned a bid as the host team by besting 2013 Big League World Series Champion Millsboro Little League in Game 13 of what was supposed to be a 12-game series. Milford punched their ticket to represent USA East by not only winning at districts but by then heading up to Worcester, Mass., to win the regionals, as well.

No matter how they got there, both teams came to play last Monday night in what was the first game of the 2014 Big League World Series, with USA East able to hold on after a late District III rally, for a 6-5 victory.

Featuring two of the better pitchers in not only the state, but the tournament, as well, the scoring would start surprisingly early, when USA East’s Harley Rickards made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly RBI in the second inning.

Cassetty Howerin would add to the lead significantly the next inning, crushing a three-run homer over the centerfield fence, to make it 4-0. Laurel catcher Sara Jo Whaley threw out a runner at second to get her team out of the inning.

‘Home State Showdown:’ USA?East edges District III 6-5 behind Reed

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Alexis Howerin is tagged out at second base as District III?pitcher Regan Green looks on.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Alexis Howerin is tagged out at second base as District III?pitcher Regan Green looks on.Though they hail from bordering counties within the same state, the USA East (Milford) and Delaware District III (Laurel) Big League Softball World Series teams took very different routes to make it to Roxana this year.

Laurel earned a bid as the host team by besting 2013 Big League World Series Champion Millsboro Little League in Game 13 of what was supposed to be a 12-game series. Milford punched their ticket to represent USA East by not only winning at districts but by then heading up to Worcester, Mass., to win the regionals, as well.

No matter how they got there, both teams came to play last Monday night in what was the first game of the 2014 Big League World Series, with USA East able to hold on after a late District III rally, for a 6-5 victory.

Featuring two of the better pitchers in not only the state, but the tournament, as well, the scoring would start surprisingly early, when USA East’s Harley Rickards made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly RBI in the second inning.

Cassetty Howerin would add to the lead significantly the next inning, crushing a three-run homer over the centerfield fence, to make it 4-0. Laurel catcher Sara Jo Whaley threw out a runner at second to get her team out of the inning.

DeLeon’s no-hitter lifts Latin America over Southeast

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : USA East at bat and on deck.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : USA East at bat and on deck.The team representing Latin America District 1, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is no stranger to the Little League World Series. Just last year they advanced all the way to the Big League championship game broadcast on ESPN before falling to Delaware District III (Millsboro).

They started off on the right foot in getting to the 2014 Big League championship game with a 2-0 win against USA Southeast (Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, Fla.) last Monday night, thanks in part to a no-hitter by pitcher Jocelyn DeLeon.

“[I] feel super-good. This is what [I] expected to do from the team. We’re really proud,” said DeLeon, with the help of a teammate translating for her.

After solid defensive play from both teams kept the game scoreless through four innings, including a noteworthy diving catch by Latin America right-fielder Nemesis Torres in the second, Puerto Rican power took over in the fifth to end the scoring drought.

After Torres got on base in that inning, she would eventually advance on a wild pitch to third, where she would score from thanks to an RBI shot from teammate Quetsy Rodriguez that hit the fence.

Though Latin America would only manage two runs off four hits in the matchup, it would be enough to notch the victory.

Freeman’s homer helps lift USA Central past Southwest

Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert : USA Central’s Morgan Swift fires a pitch home against USA Southwest during their Big League Softball World Series game.Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert : USA Central’s Morgan Swift fires a pitch home against USA Southwest during their Big League Softball World Series game.USA Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.) set the tone early in Monday’s Big League Softball World Series matchup against USA Southwest (Calhoun, La.) with a first-inning home run by shortstop Danielle Freeman giving Central the early lead in what would be a tight game.

Freeman went to the yard with two strikes in the count after pulling multiple pitches foul to the left.

“I was just thinking, ‘Stay back and just look for that pitch.’ I was just doing what I normally do, just wait on it and drive it,” Freeman said of the first-inning homer.

“She’s been a leader for us. She’s already got a championship under her belt,” added Central manager Jeff Edgerle. “We’ve leaned on her at times. We came out offensively. We needed a big shot. We got a home run from her in the first inning that set the tone.”

Aggressive infielding kept Southwest off the board, but the scoring started up again in the bottom of the third, after Central’s Haylie Houck loaded the bases. First-baseman Brit McClain dropped a shot into right field for an RBI-single that scored two runners, to make it 3-0 after that. But a sliding catch in left field by Sierra Gasca helped Southwest get out of the inning with no additional damage done.

“Normally, when we’re getting three runs, we don’t lose a ball game,” said Edgerle of his team after commending the leadership and performance from starting pitcher Morgan Swift.

Southwest brought in Lacey Hill to pitch in relief after Central’s third-inning rally, and Hill notched six strikeouts — including a key strikeout in the bottom of the fifth, to get her team out of the inning with two Central runners threatening. Hill would give up no runs while in the circle.

Asia-Pacific pulls off extra-inning win vs. Latin America

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert  : Latin America players fall down as if a bomb went off as Marielys Rivera jumps onto homeplate after dancing her way there. Rivera hit a grand slam which tied the game at 8-8. Left, An Asia-Pacific player listens inCoastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert : Latin America players fall down as if a bomb went off as Marielys Rivera jumps onto homeplate after dancing her way there. Rivera hit a grand slam which tied the game at 8-8. Left, An Asia-Pacific player listens inTwo of the better teams in the Big League Softball World Series faced off on Monday night and, perhaps unsurprisingly, put on one of the better shows early in the tournament, as Asia-Pacific took Latin-America (San Juan, Puerto, Rico) to extra innings to eventually notch a 10-9 win.

Asia-Pacific, a team that hails from Manilla, Philippines, took the early 1-0 lead after two missed plays in the field for Latin America in the bottom of the first. Latin America would leave two runners on in the top of the second as the score remained the same.

The Asia-Pacific stands ignited in the bottom of the second after a three-run homer by Queeny Sabobo made it 4-0.

Latin America answered in the next inning with a three-run home run of their own, when Kiara Resto lined a shot over left center, flipping her bat over her shoulder as she watched it go over the fence and meeting a sea of fired-up teammates at home plate.

An RBI-single from Florabele Pabiania started a third-inning scoring run for Asia-Pacific, as they increased their lead to 7-3 before Latin America could escape the inning.

Central, Duddles slam Canada, 18-2, in Big League action

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : USA Central’s Grace Quiggle (#4) gets dual support from her teammates during Central’s 18-2 victory over Canada in the Big League Softball World Series.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : USA Central’s Grace Quiggle (#4) gets dual support from her teammates during Central’s 18-2 victory over Canada in the Big League Softball World Series.A second-inning grand slam was just one of many Central successes Monday night during two straight innings of unbridled scoring against Canada (Windsor, Ont.) in Big League Softball World Series play.

Already ahead with six runs and two outs by the second inning, Central’s Caileigh Duddles crushed a grand-slam homerun on her first swing, lifting the score for Grand Rapids, Mich.

Earlier that inning, Central had already capitalized off Duddles’ single and A.J. Castle’s double, racking up RBIs on Hannah Horvath’s bunt and Brit McLain’s smack.

Sarah Newhouse doubled to help load bases when Duddles grand-slammed, upping the score to 10-1.

Central kept going in the third, although Canada’s third-baseman tagged a runner out. Central kept hitting load bases, ready for Anderson Stallings’ double hit/double RBI. More RBIs came from Duddles, Castle and Schyler Selander.

Canada’s shortstop, Hannah McClounie, ended the streak with a quick ground-out, although Central would earn another six runs in the third inning.

District III locks out Southeast, 3-0

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark :  Left, District III’s Alexis Hudson squeaks past Southeast’s Kerry McLaughlin at third base. Below, two Southeast players high five.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Left, District III’s Alexis Hudson squeaks past Southeast’s Kerry McLaughlin at third base. Below, two Southeast players high five.Despite keeping Southeast off the scoreboard, host team Delaware District III didn’t rest easy until the game ended on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

For the first three innings, things were fairly well-matched between the Laurel, Del., and Ft Myers/Cape Coral, Fla., teams. While D3’s Hailey Andrews would lead with 12 strikeouts, SE’s Kasey Mayer kept up with nine.

Southeast started with a mission, twice going full count in the first inning, and their centerfield kept busy, with at least four clean catches, including an early dive.

But it was D3 who would turn the game, starting in the fourth. Andrews riled the crowd, swinging for the trees and running home with an RBI in tow.

With only one out, Delaware had time to do more, but Southeast crushed that with a no-swing strikeout and ground-out.

On a roll, District III followed with three strikeouts, but Southeast echoed that.

In the sixth, the host team shut down scoring when Alexis Hudson scrambled home from third on Morgan Smith’s swing.

“We always say, ‘Never be satisfied,’” Hudson noted. “We got some base hits, but we’re glad we got that third one, because in softball, you never know.”

Hudson was running around all morning as D3 centerfielder.

USA Central rallies back against USA West for 8-3 win

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Above, Sarah Layton takes control of a pop fly to record the out against USA Central. Right, Central catcher Jessi Ramos has the ‘eye of the tiger.’Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Above, Sarah Layton takes control of a pop fly to record the out against USA Central. Right, Central catcher Jessi Ramos has the ‘eye of the tiger.’The USA Central Big League team from Grand Rapids, Mich., is here to win a World Series championship, and they made those aspirations very clear last Tuesday, when they rallied back in the sixth inning against USA West (Antelope Valley, Calif.) to finish with an 8-3 win and advance to 3-0 in tournament play.

USA West took the early lead in the top of the first inning with an RBI-single from Mackenzie Draper, to make it 1-0. However, they’d leave two runners stranded in that inning, after a key strikeout from Central pitcher Morgan Swift.

Down 2-0, it was Central shortstop/pitcher Danielle Freeman who got her team on the board, with an RBI-double to left field that scored Brit McLain and cut the West lead to one.

USA West’s Melissa Munoz came in to pinch hit to start the sixth inning, with the score still 2-1, and knocked a home run over the centerfield fence, to stretch the lead to 3-1. Freeman came in to pitch for Swift in relief after that, with Teagan Shomin moving over to replace Freeman at short.

After tied score, Big League East explodes over early Asia-Pacific lead

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark :  Asia-Pacific’s Roxelle Pearl Niloban heads for homeplate as East’s catcher awaits the ball.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Asia-Pacific’s Roxelle Pearl Niloban heads for homeplate as East’s catcher awaits the ball.At first, scoring crawled by in the Big League Softball World Series showdown between USA East (Milford, Del.) and Asia-Pacific (Manilla, Philippines) on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

By the sixth inning, the score was tied at 3-3. But the East turned around and skyrocketed to 10-3 in the seventh.

Bases were loaded when Emily Messick swung for the fence, and two girls booked it home. Haylee Scruggs also earned two RBIs on her single.

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