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

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

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.

“They just read the ball, they hit it, they put it in play, they got around the bases and that’s what it takes to win the game,” said Marks of the USA East squad after the game.