Michigan District 9 Repeats as Big League Softball World Series Champion
In a rematch of the last year’s Big League Softball World Series title game, Michigan District 9 from Grand Rapids, again defeated Philippines District 1, capturing a 9-2 win and the 2011 Championship.
At Bud Vanderberg Park in Kalamazoo, Mich., Michigan District 9, which has won three of the last four Big League Softball World Series championships, edged out to a 4-1 lead through four innings before pulling away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Rizza Bernardino was the lone standout for the Asia-Pacific Region and International Champion. She struck out 12, surrendered 10 hits and all nine runs, while not walking a batter in taking the mound loss. Bernardino’s solo home run in the top of the second inning was her team’s lone offensive highlight for much of the game.
Bethaney Murphey lifted a fly ball to left field that was misplayed by Chichiro Bamba allowing Kelten Dewey to score the first run of the game with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Philippines District 1 committed five errors in the game.
Michigan District 9, the Central Region Champion, added to its lead with a two-run home run from designated hitter Sierra Mutschler (1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored) in the bottom of the second inning, and an RBI single from Amanda Kimes in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Leading, but not yet comfortable, the defending Big League Softball World Series champions, scored five runs in the bottom of the six inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Dewey (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored).
Morgan Groom was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game, allowing six hits, while striking out seven and walking one.
Entering the Championship Game, both teams were 7-2 in World Series round-robin play.