Laurel Little League, Delaware’s District III champs and hosts of the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana, proved again that they are a force to be reckoned with in the opening game of the tournament. Despite sweltering temperatures, Laurel powered past the USA East team out of Pacatuk, Ct., 8-5, in Game 1, behind strong offense from the plate and a one-two punch from sibling pitchers on the mound.
Maddy Peres threw seven innings of shutout ball and USA Southeast (Cape Coral, Fla.) scratched out enough offense to beat USA Central (South Bend, Ind.) 3-0 in the opening game for both teams in the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Sunday, Aug. 7.
The USA West team, from Butte, Mt., found the scoreboard first, but it was the Canadian team, out of Windsor, Ontario, with a late rally and a two-run homer that gave them their first win of the tournament, as they pulled a narrow 4-3 victory under the lights on Sunday.
For three innings in their opening-game matchup on Sunday, Aug. 7, USA Southwest (El Campo, Texas) and EMEA (Emilia, Italy) were locked in a scoreless battle. Southwest’s Michaela Bram and EMEA’s Chiara Lottici were firing strikes, and scoring opportunities were few and far between.
After their opening day bye, the ASOFEM Little League, playing out of Maunabo, Puerto Rico, and representing Latin America, looked as ready as ever on Monday, shutting out the USA Southwest team out of El Campo, Texas, 7-0.
Asia-Pacific (Manilla, Philippines) wasted no time in their first game of the season, scoring early and often against USA West (Butte, Mt.) to earn an 11-1 win on Monday, Aug. 8.
USA Central put their Day 1 loss behind them as they came out on Monday to polish off a 12-1 victory over Canada behind Kalie Neizgodski’s two home runs. The District 11 All-Star team out of South Bend, Ind., got things started right in the first inning, as Jamie and Cassie Young each scored to give Central an early 2-0 lead. Canada worked their offense, too, in the first, as an error allowed Shelby Koschuck to close the margin within one.
Katie Headley slugged a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to open up a tight game, and USA East (Pawcatuck, Conn.) rode the arm of pitcher Andrea Chiaradio to win a tough 7-2 game against EMEA (Emelia, Italy) in their game on Monday, Aug. 8.
Latin America set their sights on becoming the first Pool A team to go 2-0 this week during the Senior League Softball World Series, as they piled runs together to upend the EMEA team from Italy 11-1 on Tuesday evening. Steady defense, consistency at the plate and a few errors on EMEA’s part fared well for the ASOFEM Little League out of Puerto Rico.
Asia-Pacific (Manila, Philippines) took advantage of several fielding miscues by Canada (Windsor, Ontario) to jump out to an early lead, and never looked back in a 10-0 win that was stopped in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Logan Green knocked in Bethany Wheatley with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the host District III team (Laurel, Del.) beat the USA Southwest team 3-2 on Tuesday, Aug. 9.