Tri-County falls in last pool play game; quarterfinals next

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Tri-County lost its last game in pool play in the Little League Senior League Softball World Series, falling to the Europe-Africa Region champion 8-6 Thursday night in Lower Sussex, Delaware.

Tri-County wrapped up pool play with a record of 3-1.

Tri-County scored a run in the top of the first inning, but Europe-Africa came back with two in the first and two in the second, and never trailed again.

Tri-County scored a pair of runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 4-3, but Europe-Africa scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to extend the margin to 6-3. Tri-County scored two runs in the top of the sixth and had the bases loaded with two out, but Europe-Africa got out of the inning with a strikeout.

Europe-Africa scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead to 8-5. Tri-County’s first two batters reached base in the top of the seventh, but a double play put a crimp in the comeback. Tri-County still managed to push a run across to close to within two runs, and had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but a ground out ended the game.

Tri-County finished the game with eight hits. Kylie Robinson, Emma Henry and Liz Waymire had two hits apiece. Henry and Waymire each hit a double. Kaitlyn Robinson and McKinley Lowe added one hit apiece.

Brown County’s Taryn Moorman took the loss in the circle. She didn’t have her best stuff, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, with four strikeouts and three walks. McKinley Lowe pitched the final two innings and gave up a pair of unearned runs on three hits. She struck out two and walked one.

The real tournament begins Friday, as the top eight teams in the tournament compete in the World Series quarterfinals. Seedings and pairings will be announced later tonight.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, with the championship game on Sunday.