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Milton Little League from Pennsylvania Wins Senior Softball World Series

Editor’s note: Complete scores from all the games can be found here at http://www.littleleague.org/series/2006divisions/slsb/series.htm
LOWER SUSSEX, Del., (Aug. 12, 2006) – Anchored by a core of players with World Series experience, the East Region Champions from Milton, Pa., captured a 3-2 win in the 2006 Senior League Softball World Series championship game played at the Lower Sussex Little Complex in Roxanna, Del.

The East team showed its strength and ability on the tournament’s opening night, downing the host team Nanticoke District 3, 6-1, on Connie Mack Field.

In the semifinal round, the host team from Nanticoke Little League in Seaford, Del., led 2-0 over the Central Region champions from South Bend, Ind., going into the seventh inning. With a full count, the Central batter let a strike slip by her ending the game and advancing Nanticoke into the final game. The Milton girls secured a spot in the championship game with two runs in their final at-bat.

Saturday’s final game was decided in the later innings, as the East Region, trailing 2-0, battled back to tie the score in the top of the fourth frame on a two-out, two-run homer by Tessa Dreistadt.

“It felt great,” said Dreistadt of her home run. “I’ve never hit a home run in little league. I knew I would help us.”

Two scoreless innings went by with both teams missing chances to score. Larissa Luu opened the East’s final at-bat with an infield single and later scored the winning run on consecutive fielding errors.

“We feel amazed … It’s an awesome feeling,” said Dreistadt. “We had a lot of competition on the way and it’s amazing just getting here.”

“It was a nail bitter,” said Terry Hoffman, East Region coach. “It was a pretty neat game. There was a lot of team work involved and everybody came through. They got down, but they never gave up. Plus we had some key plays at the end of the game. We struggled sometimes, but came through when we had to throughout the Series.”