Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

Local Weather

Cloudy

56°F

Portland

Cloudy

Humidity: 84%

Wind: 7 mph

  • 26 Nov 2014

    Mostly Cloudy 59°F 52°F

  • 27 Nov 2014

    Showers 56°F 51°F


Robbinsville on target for Series title

The New Jersey squad takes on Bossier City in the World Series final at 6 p.m. Wednesday


Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: DAVID BALL - Robbinsville hitter Devon Witt gets rid of her bat after drawing a walk in Tuesdays 11-1 semifinal win over Tallmadge, Ohio.



Little League Softball World Series
Semifinals

Team Score
Robbinsville, NJ
11
Tallmadge, Ohio
1


The Robbinsville, NJ, all-stars won their final game of last year’s Little League Softball World Series, but left Alpenrose Stadium hungry for more.

The East champs left Portland with the third-place trophy last summer, but had to sit in the bleachers and watch the championship game. This time around, Robbinsville is the team everyone else is watching.

The New Jersey stars continued its romp through this year’s Series with an 11-1 win over Tallmadge, Ohio, in a game that was all but decided before their opponents picked up the bats.

Robbinsville took a 2-0 lead out of the gates with a series of walks followed by a run-producing bunt off the bat of Alexa Petito.

No team has put up more than one run on the New Jersey squad in this year’s tournament.

Robbinsville took the drama out of the game with a five-run spurt in the second inning, highlighted by Olivia Moser’s RBI-blast down the third-base line.

They continued to build the lead, putting the mercy rule into play when Petito knocked a grounder through the dirt that brought in two runs to make it 11-0 in the fifth inning.

Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: DAVID BALL - Robbinsville pitcher MacKenzie Medders sends one toward the plate. She carried a shutout into the fifth inning.

Tallmadge broke up the shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth, which saw Gia Spitali lead off with a single through the left side. She came across two batters later on Autumn Malicoat’s laser to right field.

Robbinsville finished the game moments later on a strikeout by starting pitcher MacKenzie Medders.

Robbinsville takes on Southwest champ Bossier City, La., in the 6 p.m. title game Wednesday. The New Jersey side claimed a 12-1 victory when the teams met in pool play last weekend.



Little League Softball World Series
Semifinals

Team Score
Bossier City, La.
2
Columbus, Ga.
1


Bossier City won the best game of the tournament in Tuesday’s first semifinal showdown, holding off a late charge by Columbus, Ga., to escape with a 2-1 win.

Jada Chadwick came up with the biggest hit of her life, leading off the sixth inning with a rocket shot to deep right field. She race around the bases and slid in safely in a tight play at third base.

The base came dislodged during the play, and Chadwick stepped off the bag.

Time out had not been called.

Bossier City infielder Carly Atwood held her glove on Chadwick’s back waiting for a ruling from the third-base umpire, who yanked back his thumb calling the runner out.

“Jada hit a good triple and I’m still not sure what happened,” Pioneer manager Chuck Landrum said. “That was tough. We had Jada on third and that was our comeback run. We couldn’t get the breaks that we needed to go our way.”

Despite seeing their lead runner erased, Pioneer kept battling.

Kennedi Bedell reached safely with a two-out blooper that clipped off the glove of the diving left fielder. She stole second base and was in motion again when Lindsey Sanders sent a sharp roller under the second baseman’s glove and into right field.

Bedell charged around third base aggressively, but was alertly called back by coach Bo Weaver as Bossier City was well on its way to relaying the ball home.

Bossier City escaped with the 2-1 victory when Logan Mentzer scooped a grounder out of the dirt for the final out.

Bossier City got on the scoreboard early when on a bases-loaded single by Nicole Webb. Pioneer avoided further damage when pitcher Raelee Weaver gloved a high-hopper in the circle for the third out.

Pioneer tied the game in the fourth when Sammie Cotton and Bedell connected for back-to-back singles. Lindsey Sanders put a ground ball in play that brought Cotton across the plate for what would prove to be the team’s only run of the day.

Bossier scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth after Mentzer sent a lead-off double to center field. She scored two batters later when Elizabeth Hillier sent a hit into the left-field gap for an RBI-double.

Columbus takes on Tallmadge in the third-place game at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: DAVID BALL - Jenny Finch threw out the first pitch to get the semifinals started Tuesday afternoon.

NOTES — Former Team USA pitching standout Jenny Finch threw the first pitch to kick off today's semifinal round at Alpenrose. She sent a strike down the middle, although a bit of a riser that required Czech Republic assistant coach Petra Kolusova to lift her mitt above her head for the catch.