Europe-Africa tops District III in Seniors

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

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.

But the Europe-Africa team would not tighten up with a little resistance.

A couple errors by District III created an unearned run, and a walk by Zmyslona loaded the bases with nobody out. Przestrzelska singled to knock in Kamila Bilinska and Katarzyna Tokarz to stretch the lead to 7-3, and another unearned run pushed it to 8-3.

It looked even worse for District III in the top of the fifth, when Zelislawa Sliwa doubled to open things up and came around to score on a single by Tokarz, who later came around on another error to give Europe-Africa a 10-3 lead midway through the fifth inning.

However, District III, once again, was not going to just roll over.

Aylssa Collins, Tori Grimes and Taylor Collins singled to start the inning, narrowing the gap to 10-4, and Marks followed with another hit to bring it to 10-5. Sam Johnson then knocked in Marks with a single, and the home team narrowed the score to 10-6 after five.

Meggan Walton shut out the Europe-Africa team in the top of the sixth, and Marks walked with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning to score Sara Davis, making it a 10-7 game and reinvigorating the fan base once again.

The Polish team was not to be deterred, however, and Zmyslona hit a one-out double before coming home with an insurance run from a single off the bat of Rudyk, extending their lead to 11-7.

Przestrzelska pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Europe-Africa, preserving their 11-7 win and setting off a celebration.