USA Central, Southwest lead Senior League World Series
After Tuesday afternoon’s games, it was USA Central that led the 2014 Senior League Softball World Series, at 3-0.
The District 11 All-Stars had collectively beaten their opponents by a whopping score of 35-6 to start the series and had all but certainly stamped their ticket to a semi-final bid and ESPN network appearance. The same team took their first World Series championship in Roxana last year, when they defeated Europe-Africa.
One of the team’s steamrolled in Central’s path was Delaware District III, which fell 14-0 to the defending champs on Monday. The Nanticoke Little League squad from Seaford is making their first appearance at the World Series since 2006 but has struggled so far in the Pool B Division, starting 0-3 and knocking themselves out of semi-final contention. In their last World Series appearance, the squad had advanced to the championship game before falling to USA East.
All other teams had at least one loss at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Aug. 6, except for USA Southwest — who, at 2-0, led the Senior League Pool A Division. The East Brownsville Little League team from Brownsville, Texas, narrowly escaped team Canada on Tuesday in a 5-4 game that went down to the final pitch.
With the bases loaded, two outs and two strikes, pitcher Sabrina Garcia held her composure and delivered a strike for the win.
“She has been in that situation before,” said Southwest manager Juan Rivera of Garcia’s clutch performance. “The confidence that she has in her backup, in her fielding, in her catcher, is amazing. Like always, she always pulls out the win for us.”
Southwest also played in one of Sunday night’s curfew-called games, in which they defeated USA Southeast in five innings, 5-0, with the game stopped just after 1 a.m.
One of the series’ most impressive individual performances has come from USA West pitcher Macey Newbary, who tallied an unprecedented 16 strikeouts to help her team to a 7-2 win against Asia-Pacific on Monday.
“That’s not a career-high for her. That’s just kind of a lunch pail day for that kid,” said manager Kevin Miltko, whose team hails from Missoula, Mont. “We’re a bunch of minors back in Montana, so we just kind of bring our lunch pail into work. Macey’s that kind of kid — 16 strikeouts — just another day of work.”
At 1-1 in the Pool A Division after the win, USA West could be a team to watch going forward.
The semi-final matchup between the first seed in Pool B and second seed in Pool A will air on ESPN-3 on Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. Later that day, at 1 p.m., the other Senior League semi-final matchup, between the first seed in Pool A and second seed in Pool B, will air on ESPN-U.
The championship game will air live from Layton Field on ESPN at noon on Saturday, Aug. 9.
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