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Naples, Florida Wins Junior Softball World Series with Shutout Victory

Editor’s note: Complete scores from all the games can be found here at http://www.littleleague.org/series/2006divisions/jlsb/series.htm
KIRKLAND, Wash. (Aug. 19, 2006) – The Naples (Fla.) Girls Softball Little League shut out the Asia-Pacific Region champions from Bacolod Central Little League, in Bacolod City, Phillippines, 8-0, to capture the 2006 Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash.

The teams from the East, Southwest, South, and Asia-Pacific all had opening day wins. Throughout the week, there were several one-run and extra-inning games, including a 9-inning, 4-3 win by Asia-Pacific over the Latin America Region team from Puerto Rico. The winning pitcher, Annalie Benjamin, struck out 16 batters.

As pool play ended, it was the South and East who came through with 4-0 records. The Southwest and Asia-Pacific teams both finished second in their pools at 3-1. In the semifinals, the Asia-Pacific Region defeated the East, 6-0, and the South defeated the Southwest, 4-0.

In the World Championship game South Region pitcher, Jaclyn Trainer, struck out 10 and held on to a no-hitter into the top of the seventh, until Cherry Bartolome from Bacolod City got on with a solid single to right field. Aided by Cody Whipperman’s home run in the bottom of the third inning and two home runs from Jaclyn Traina, the girls from Naples defeated the Phillippines.

As the championship banner was presented by Tournament Director John Chadwick, the Florida team received orange roses from their parents.

Opening ceremonies included a parade of the teams and ceremonial pitches by Heather Tarr, head coach of the University of Washington women’s softball team, and Rose Folder-Powell and Jeannie Lesko, who both played in the Women’s Professional Baseball League depicted in the movie “A League of Their Own.”

While softball was the main focus, the teams and their families found time to visit some popular spots including, the Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, and the Space Needle. Some teams traveled to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth and Mt. Rainier. All the teams had the opportunity to tour the softball complex at the University of Washington and attend a clinic hosted by coach Tarr and her staff.