The Senior League Softball World Series between Delaware District III and USA Southwest (Waco, Texas) had to wait out one rain and two lightening delays before the game’s first complete inning was completed.
Jada Evans, who batted .541 in the World Series, pitched for District III and drove in the first two runs of the game in the first inning. Carlie Venables, who went 2-for-3, opened with a line drive to right field for a single and Kate Evick joined her on base with a single past the shortstop. Evans stepped in and with her assertive approach hit the first pitch for a two-run double and a 2-0 lead.
Southwest showed its offensive strength in the bottom of the second inning but a throw to the plate by outfielder Saige Bullock saved a run and the bounce of a ball that hit the runner for the third out left the bases loaded at the end of the inning.
In the bottom of third, Bullock made another great play when she laid out in foul territory for a fly ball catch. The Southwest scored a run later in the inning for a 2-1 score but when a routine fly ball was dropped in center field the Texans scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, a single, a hit batter, and another single loaded the bases for Southeast. District III manager Mike Evick made a pitching change to Kylee Hill, who had been the solid reliever all week. Hill collected two quick outs a soft line drive to third base and an infield pop-up. The laces unraveled on Hill when she hit two batters for two runs and a 5-2 score.
Delaware District III worked in the fifth inning, beginning with a walk to Venables and a double to center field fence off the bat of Evick. Aryanna Briddell was hit by a pitch and Kaegen Brittingham’s RBI single made the score 5-4.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Evans was re-entered to pitch and inherited two runners. Southeast scored two runs on two ground balls, beating the throws by Delaware. Trailing 7-4 in the top of the seventh inning, Evick hit a home run over the left field fence which breathed life into District III. Evans singled but was stranded on base when Southeast pitcher Madalyne Martinez struck out the next three hitters for the World Series win.
Evick had three hits including a double an home run, Evans also collected three hits including a double, and Venables added two hits. Tatum Otwell, Brittingham, and Bullock all had one hit. Evans took the loss, pitching four innings with three strikeouts and six hits.