Sterling (Ill.) Little League Wins Little League Softball World Series Championship
Sterling (Ill.) Little League was able to score in only one inning of its Little League Softball World Series Championship game, but it was enough to earn its first championship. A seven-run third inning propelled the Illinois State Champions to a 7-5 victory over Midway Little League from Waco, Texas.
Sterling Little League had seven hits in its big inning to wipe out a 3-0 deficit. Two errors by Midway Little League led to five unearned Illinois runs.
Hannah Escamilla, the second batter in Sterling Little League’s lineup, started the rally with a lead-off single, and completed the scoring in the inning with a two-run double. Earlier in the inning, teammates Nadia Trujillo, Emily Berogan, Kylie Burkett and Erin Stroup each drove in a run with base hits.
Midway Little League, which has won 11 of the last 18 Little League Softball World Series titles, scored in each of the first four innings with Taylor Ellis driving in two of those runs with an RBI double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the third.
Sterling Little League is only the second team from the state of Illinois to win the Little League Softball World Series Championship joining National Little League from Brookfield, Ill., which won the 1985 title. The new World Champions outhit the Texas State Champions, 15-8, with Escamilla collecting three hits and four other players garnering two hits apiece.
Starter and winner Alexis Staples went the first 5.1 innings to collect her third win of the tournament. Cheyenne Harrington got the final two outs of the game earning her first save.
Sterling Little League went undefeated in the tournament winning all six of its games. Staples tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout to lead the Illinois team to a 2-0 win over Midway Little League in an earlier tournament game played during pool play. The only two losses for Midway Little League in the tournament were in games played against Sterling Little League.
The 10-team, seven-day tournament was played at Alpenrose Stadium in Portland, Ore.