The Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke Senior League all-star softball team won the Delaware District III title and advanced to the World Series in Roxana with a 4-2 win over Georgetown/Cape/Lower Sussex in the second game of a best of three series last Wednesday.
“It’s great for these girls. These girls work hard and play a lot of softball. We have a young team here and the future’s bright,” said LMN manager Mike Evick. “We did what we had to do, played small ball and put the bunt down.”
“We didn’t want to come back tomorrow,” Jada Evans said. “We’ve played against each other and with each other all of our lives.”
GCLS scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Kayler Townsend hit a leadoff single and Kylie Kruger reached on an infield single on a close play at first base. The two runners moved up on a double steal before scoring on a bunt single by Sierra Livingston and a sac bunt by Kelsey Kormanik for a 2-0 lead.
Kylee Hill came on for Evans in the top of the second inning. After allowing a one-out single to Morgan Bonhardt, Hill recorded a pair of strikeouts. LMN’s Couri Smith doubled in the bottom of the third but was let on base.
In the top of the fourth, GCLS left a pair of runners in scoring position. Bonhardt and Townsend each had an infield single and moved up on a wild pitch before a groundout ended the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Kate Evick led off with a single, courtesy runner Daniya Dashiell scored on a fielder’s choice and error, and Evans reached on the fielder’s choice and came home on an error (2-2). Hill and Saige Bullock each singled to load the bases before a line drive to third base resulted in a double play.
GCLS threatened in the top of the fifth inning as Livingston was hit by pitch to lead off the inning. Kayla Evans hit a two-out single and Livingston was thrown out at plate on a strong throw by Megan Sterling.
In the bottom of the fifth, Smith reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a sac bunt by Venables, and Evans singled in a run and before moving to second on the throw. An infield single by Kaegen Brittingham and an error made the score 4-2.
Georgetown-Cape-Lower Sussex left a runner on base in the top of the sixth following an infield single by Tori Henryand a strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, LMN’s Tatum Otwell hit a two-out double, but courtesy runner Makenzie Whaley was left on base.
In the top of the seventh, Kruger hit a leadoff single, Kormanik drew a one-out walk, and Savannah O’Shields put down a sac bunt to move the runners to second and third. Kayla Evans delivered an RBI single, but the second runner got caught up in a rundown between third and home and was tagged out to end the game.
Smith led LMN with three hits including a double and scored a run and Evans added a hit, run, and RBI.
“It feels really good,” Smith said of advancing to the World Series. “There’s a lot of (fan) support and there’s more coming.”
“They’re going to have fun down here,” said LMN manager Mike Evick, who coached in the World Series three years ago. “Both those girls (pitchers Evans and Hill) did really, really well.”