District 3 lost a game they had a chance to win. Last Sunday, Aug. 7 and day one of the Senior League Softball World Series, they lost to USA East (Punxsutawney, Penn.) 3-2.
District 3 held a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, and that’s when it fell apart. USA East’s first five batters reached base that inning.
Nerves got the better of USA East as they dropped a pop-up and a throw to first base in the second inning, allowing District 3 runners to get on base and take the lead.
The seventh inning District 3 had a glimmer of hope — pitcher Erin Tingle struck out the side to give District 3 one final crack at it. In the bottom of the inning, District 3 had a chance to win the game. They had the bases loaded with no one out. Brttany Joseph then popped out, Chaniqua Kellam hit into a fielder’s choice as the runner was thrown out at home. Kim Owens came to bat with the bases loaded with two outs and flied out to left field.
“We were hoping to get one to tie or two to win, but you don’t always get what you want,” District 3 manager David Dolby said.
District 3 had eight hits in the game. Joseph had a double, as did Brooke Callen from USA East. Erin Tingle’s three strikeouts were a game high on either team. District 3 starting pitcher Caitlin Dolby went 2-3 at the plate and struck out two. First Basemen Miranda Dickerson recorded the only double play in the fourth by catching a pop-up and touching first, forcing the runner at first out.
“Other than a couple of miscues, they played a super game,” Dolby said.
Monday night was a different chapter in District 3’s World Series book. They defeated Europe (Brzeg, Poland), 7-0.
In the first inning District 3 had the bases loaded twice and made the most of the opportunities presented. Caitlin Dolby hit a single that scored two runs and put runners on first and third base. Erin Tingle hit another single to load the bases again. Brooke Booth followed with a fielder’s choice that scored a run. Samantha Oliphant grounded to first, but an error allowed a runner to score, making it 4-0 after a half inning of play.
Owens pitched a solid four innings, striking out eight batters, including six consecutive in innings three and four. Poland got its only hit of the game in the second inning. The base runner was subsequently thrown out trying to get to second on a passed ball.
District 3 made the score 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning when Casey Shaver bunted Tingle home. They scored two more in the sixth inning, with two outs already on the board.
Tingle and Joseph each had two hits in the game to lead District 3 — Joseph hit a double for the only extra base hit of the game. Caitlin Dolby and Casey Shaver led the team with two RBIs each. Tingle, who came in relief for Owens, had five strikeouts. Brooke Boothe and Dolby each had a stolen base.
“We hit well, and defense and pitching did well too,” Dolby said. “It was a combination for a good game.”