Tri-County rallies past Canada in extra innings to improve to 3-0 in World Series

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There was drama in Delaware on Wednesday night as the Tri-County softball team rallied not once, but twice for a 5-4 win over Canada in eight innings in the Little League Senior League Softball World Series.

Tri-County improved to 3-0 in pool play.

Pleasant Hill pitcher Ava Wombles was the star of this game, even though she didn’t get the win. She gave up four unearned runs on eight hits in six-and-two-thirds innings of work, striking out nine batters and walked one. At the plate, Wombles went 3-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Tri-County trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning but scored three in the fifth to take the lead, then added a run in the sixth to increase its advantage to 4-1. But Canada – oh, Canada – scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score 4-4 and sent the game to extra innings.

Brown County’s Taryn Moorman, who got the final out in the seventh, gave up a lead-off single in the eighth but retired the next three batters in order to set the stage for Tri-County’s final rally.

Pleasant Hill’s McKinley Lowe, who came up with some key hits in this game, got another one, leading off the bottom of the eighth with a single. She advanced to second on a bunt by Abigail Cowell. Canada walked Wombles intentionally. Both runners moved up on a ground out by Kylie Robinson. Then with two outs, Kaitlyn Robinson, who had been 0-for-4 up to that point, came up with the biggest hit of all, singling to right field to win the game.

Lowe started Tri-County’s fifth-inning rally with a single. Sophia Greene, running for Lowe, advanced to second on a bunt by Abigail Cowell. Wombles followed with a single to send Greene home with the tying run. Wombles advanced to second on a single by Kylie Robinson, then scored on an error to make it 2-1 Tri-County. Robinson advanced to third on the same error. Then with two out, Emma Henry reached on an error as Robinson scored to increase Tri-County’s lead to 3-1.

Tri-County added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Grace Henry walked, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a double to center by Lowe.

Wombles walked the leadoff batter in the top of the sixth, but retired the next three batters in order. Trailing 4-1, Canada rallied for three runs in the seventh to tie the game, scoring on a single, an error, a ground out, and back-to-back doubles with two out. Wombles was replaced by Brown County’s Taryn Moorman. The next batter hit a fly ball to Waymire in left, who threw the ball home to Robinson, who tagged out the runner trying to score to end the inning.

Moorman picked up the win, shutting out Canada on only one hit in one-and-one-third innings. She struck out one and walked no one. Moorman, who doesn't usually bat, hit a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh, but Tri-County couldn't drive her in.

Canada took an early lead in the top of the second inning. Canada’s lead-off batter reached on an error, making it all the way to third base. The runner held on an infield single, but the next batter hit a bloop single to give Canada a 1-0 lead. Canada had runners at first and second with nobody out, but Wombles struck out the next two batters and got the last out on a line drive to second. 

Canada’s Tatum Nessman pitched a solid game as well. She gave up five runs (three earned) on 12 hits in seven-and-two-thirds innings of work, with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Nessman gave up a leadoff double to Wombles in the first inning but retired the next three batters. 

Liz Waymire doubled to lead off the second, then went to third on a groundout. Tri-County’s Elly Krieg bunted the ball on a safety squeeze, but the batter was out at first, and Waymire was tagged out at home.

Tri-County had runners at second and third in the third inning but could not score. Tri-County stranded another runner in the fourth after a one-out walk.

Tri-County finished with 12 hits. Kylie Robinson went 3-for-5. Lowe was 3-for-3. Waymire, Lowe, Moorman and Wombles each hit a double.

Tri-County will face the Europe-Africa Region champion in the fourth round of pool play on Thursday. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m. All games are broadcast on ESPN+.