Warner Robins American Little League Repeats as Little League Softball World Series Champions
A four-run first inning and a three-run fifth frame set Warner Robins (Ga.) American Little League (WRALL) on its way to a Little League Softball World Series repeat, defeating Burbank (Calif.) Little League, 8-6, at Alpenrose Stadium on Portland, Ore.
Winning pitcher Haley Tierce struck out opposing pitcher Devina Del Castillo looking on a 3-2 pitch with the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the title game victory.
Burbank Little League rallied from 4-0 and 8-4 deficits before Tierce was able to close the book on WRALL’s second championship season.
The bottom of Warner Robins’ order put the game away in the fifth inning, keying a three-run inning of off the West Region’s Del Castillo, who re-entered the circle to pitch after being removed in the first inning without recording an out.
To open the game, the first four players to bat for the Southeast Champions all scored. In the fifth inning, Melissa Cox and Ashley Killebrew, two of the five players who were members of the 2009 championship team, opening the inning with base hits. A throwing error allowed pinch-runner Amber Coy to score, and after a walk to Taylor Brown, Kayla Quakenbush singled in a run to highlight the inning.
Joining Cox and Killebrew as repeat champions are Sierra Stella, Avery Lamb and Chelsea Whaley.
Warner Robins American Little League is the first league to repeat as Little League Softball World Champion since Midway Little League from Waco, Texas, completed a three-peat in 2002-04. Midway Little League has won a total of 10 Little League Softball World Championships (1992-95, ‘97-99; 2002-04). Greater Naples Little League also has repeated, winning titles in 1988 and ’89 (4 total); and Tampa Bay Little League was a back-to-back winner in 1986 and ’87.
Burbank Little League completed the World Series tournament with a 4-2 record and scored the only runs against WRALL (5-0) in the World Series tournament. The 2010 World Champions outscored its World Series opposition, 28-6.