Georgetown’s World Series championship reign on parade this Sunday

GEORGETOWN – Georgetown’s world reign in Little League Senior Softball will be on parade this coming Sunday.

A community parade celebration is planned for Aug. 13 to salute the worldly accomplishment of the Delaware District 3 Senior Softball team, which blanked Asia-Pacific Philippines 4-0 in Sunday’s championship game televised live on ESPN2.

District 3 players celebrate their 1-0 semifinal win over Canada. The team from Georgetown, which defeated Asia-Pacific 4-0 Sunday in the Little League Senior Softball championship, will be saluted with a parade in Georgetown this Sunday, Aug. 13.

Georgetown Mayor Bill West and wife Faye were among the many District 3 supporters on hand for the title game. The mayor anticipates there will be a huge turnout for the parade.

“I think this is something the people should be proud of,” said Mayor West. “These girls had a lot of ambition. They showed total composure and showed a lot of respect and class.”

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the Georgetown Fire Hall, wrap around The Circle and head out East Market Street, ending at the Georgetown Little League complex, Mayor West said.

State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, whose 19th Senatorial District encompasses Georgetown, will be on hand Sunday with a state legislative salute. It is anticipated there will be a tribute from the House of Representatives, via 37th District Rep. Ruth Briggs King.

“I am having them prepared this week so that they will be ready to present to the team and the coaches on Sunday,” said Sen. Pettyjohn. “And we are going to have the team as guests at Legislative Hall when we reconvene (in January) to be honored in front of the House and Senate as well.”

District 3 shut out its last three opponents – Central (10-0), Canada (1-0) and Asia-Pacific (4-0) – in rebounding from its lone loss, a 1-0, nine-inning thriller Aug. 3 to the Philippine squad in the pool play finale.

Asia-Pacific entered Sunday’s championship game at the Lower Sussex Little League complex 6-0, having collectively outscored its six foes 38-1.

“We came back,” said Sen. Pettyjohn. “The coaches and girls on the team, they took what they learned from that loss and were able to blank the Philippines 4-0, which is a huge accomplishment. It was a matter of perseverance and not being intimidating by a team that defeated you earlier on in the week.”

Mayor West, who joined the champs on the field for a photo opt after the game, recognized the fan base for the District 3 team.

“They had a lot of support out there, which was good,” said Mayor West.

Popular DJ/entertainer Sky Brady chimed in on Facebook.

“I am so proud of these young ladies, not only bringing the championship to Delaware but to our hometown, Georgetown,” Mr. Brady posted. “Having all my kids and grand-kids play over the years this is the ultimate reward.”

This feat is Georgetown’s latest chapter of world recognition.

In 1981, Georgetown’s Senior Baseball team drubbed a California team 15-4 in the finals to capture the World Series crown, ending Taiwan’s nine-year Senior League dynasty reign.

More recently on the business side, the Georgetown Microtel on U.S. 113 was recognized in 2016 as not only the Microtel of the Year but the overall Wyndham Hotel of the Year, chosen from some 4,500 Wyndham properties worldwide.

“We are being well-represented by businesses and the Little League and the people in the town are excited,” said Mayor West.

Sen. Pettyjohn said he extended an invitation to Governor John Carney, who is scheduled to be at Owens Station outside Greenwood this Sunday, to attend the parade and be part of the celebration and festivities.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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