Players traveled from around the globe to compete for the right to call themselves “world champions” at the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana last week.
The District III team earned that right, but only traveled a few miles south on Route 113 to take it.
Led by a two-hit, complete-game shutout by pitcher Taylor Wroten, the District III team took down Asia-Pacific (Philippines), 4-0, in the championship game, held at the Lower Sussex Little League fields on Sunday, Aug. 6. The win made up for a 1-0, extra-inning loss handed to District III by Asia-Pacific earlier in the week.
The two teams played even through the first four innings, with Wroten and Asia-Pacific’s Kaith Ezra Jalandoni tossing shutouts. The only hit for District III in that time was a two-out double by Corrin Farris in the fourth.
Sierra Livingston reached on an error with one out in the top of the fifth, moving to third on a single by Kelsey Kormanik. Another Asia-Pacific error brought Livingston home with the first run of the championship game.
District III added three insurance runs in the sixth inning. Jakayla Sample led off with a solo homerun to push the lead to 2-0, and Farris was plated with a single by Livingston. Kylie Kruger came around on another Asia-Pacific error to extend the lead to 4-0, the last runs of the day.
Ezra Jalandoni pitched all four games for Asia-Pacific, giving up only 22 hits in 48 1/3 innings pitched, putting together an ERA of .43 for the Series. Wroten pitched 47 1/3 innings during the week, only surrendering 26 hits to go along with an ERA of .74.