District I rallies for softball World Series win over Latin America

ROXANA – Likely still weary from a stomach virus that sickened more than half their roster and postponed a scheduled Big League Softball World Series opener with the host team, the District I all-stars overcame a rocky start Monday night to defeat Latin America 7-5.

Trailing 5-1 through four innings, the Kent County squad rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth and then held on for a Pool B victory.

Representing the U.S. East and as the defending World Series champion, District I will play again Tuesday, 3 p.m., versus Europe/Africa.

Harley Rickards’ RBI single provided the eventual game-winning run for District I, which moved to 1-0 in pool play. Latin America fell to 0-2 with the loss, all but assuring it will not advance to Friday’s semifinals.

Whitney DeMora homered in the sixth to give District I an insurance run.

Pitcher Shaina Reed found her groove after allowing Latin America five runs through three innings and held the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based team scoreless the rest of the way. Reed allowed nine hits, walked three batters and recorded eight strikeouts.

Senior League

Dist. III 3, U.S. Southwest 2: The District III host team (Millsboro-Georgetown) stayed alive in Senior League Softball World Series Pool A play thanks to a sixth inning Rylee Shockley triple. Samantha Mumford’s bunt back to the pitcher later in the frame allowed Shockley to score the winning run.

Mika Walker went the distance for Millsboro-Georgetown from the circle, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four.

With her team trailing 2-0 after the top of the first, District III’s Brooke Stoeckel doubled in a run and later stole home in the bottom of the frame to knot the score.

Millsboro-Georgetown (1-1) will play again Tuesday, 10 a.m., versus Latin America.

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