Michigan State Champion Wins Junior League Softball World Series Championship
Croswell Lexington Little League from Croswell, Mich., exploded for nine runs in its first two at-bats today and used that momentum to post a 10-0 win over Palma Ceia/West Tampa Little League in the championship game of the Junior League Softball World Series. The game was halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
The Junior League Softball World Series is for players 12 and 14 years old and has been contested by Little League Baseball and Softball since 1999. The Junior League World Series has been played in Kirkland, Wash., since its inception. The tournament is played at Everest Park.
Megan Guitar pitched and hit the first-time Junior League Softball World Series Champions to the title. She stroked a three-run double to spark a five-run outburst in the second inning. She also had eight strikeouts and allowed just a fourth-inning double to Nikki Lopez. It was the third win of the tournament for Guitar, who allowed just one earned run in 19 innings of work in the five games she pitched in.
Victoria Bender added an RBI single in the first and fourth innings for the Central Region Champions as the first eight batters in their lineup each had a hit. They outhit the Florida State Champions, 11-1.
The two teams that met in the championship game were both in Pool A for the early portion of the tournament. The team from Michigan won all four of its games to earn the #1-seed for the semifinals. Palma Ceia/West Tampa Little League suffered its only pool play loss to Croswell Lexington Little League by a 9-3 score.
Croswell Lexington Little League advanced to the championship game with a 3-2 win over West Point Little League from Greensburg, Pa. The Southeast Region Champions earned their spot in the final with a 5-2 victory over Bridge City (Texas) Little League, the #1-seed in Pool B.
Croswell Lexington Little League is the first Junior League Softball World Series champion from Michigan.