Georgetown sweeps Millsboro to earn Senior Softball World Series bid

ROXANA — Georgetown Senior Softball punched its ticket to this year’s Little League Senior Softball World Series following Monday night’s 11-0 and 6-2 victories over Millsboro.

Manager Craig Kormanik’s squad used a two-game sweep during their Monday night doubleheader to capture the Delaware District 3 championship.

In Game 1, Georgetown took a 1-0 lead into the sixth before breaking out a 10-run rally in the top of the sixth inning.

“We got off to a slow start,” coach Kormanik said. “Their pitcher did a great job mixing things up. We give her, Carly Collins, complete props. We always have problems with her. It was just a matter of time until we finally started connecting and getting some runs on the board.”

Taylor Wroten pitched the complete game shutout, striking out 10 batters in the team’s victory to take the 1-0 series lead.

“Taylor’s just an elite athlete,” said coach Kormanik. “With her ability, a lot of people have problems connecting against her. She mixes it up nicely, has good speed. I’m sure she’ll be going Division I at some point, somewhere.”

Taylor Wroten pitched a six-inning complete game shutout in the first game. She later shut down all six batters she faced in the sixth and seventh innings of Game 2 (Sussex County Post/Ben Heck).

In the second game of the doubleheader, Georgetown’s offense experienced another slow start.

Millsboro put up the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Devan Hudson. The sac fly scored lead-off hitter Carly Collins, putting Millsboro ahead early.

Bella Grebe extended Millsboro’s lead to two runs with a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Collins once again.

In the pitcher’s circle, Collins kept Georgetown off the scoreboard through the first five innings of play. Georgetown’s offense managed just two hits and three base-runners in five innings.

Much like the first game, it was the sixth inning when Georgetown finally broke the bats out and started putting runs on the board.

Lead-off hitter Ryleigh Elliott provided the spark Georgetown’s offense needed, setting the tone of the sixth inning with a double to left field. She would later score on a Taylor Wroten bunt single, breaking up Collins’ shutout.

“We kind of just felt like we just needed to step up, needed to get a hit and come back,” Elliott said of her team’s mindset heading into the final two innings.

Wroten’s RBI bunt single opened up the flood gates for Georgetown’s offense.

Jakayla Sample’s bunt single in the next at-bat would score both Corrin Farris and Wroten.

Georgetown’s infield meets in the pitcher’s circle during the team’s first of two games Monday night (Sussex County Post/Ben Heck).

Madison Parker reached base on an error, allowing Sample to extend Georgetown’s lead to 4-2.

Elliott followed up her lead-off double with a two-run single to centerfield, scoring Parker and Kelsey Kormanik.

“I was mostly just thinking base-hit, base-hit. I wanted to at least get one run on the board,” Elliott said of her approach heading into the at-bat.

At inning’s end, Georgetown enjoyed a 6-2 lead.

After pitchers Tori Henry and Sierra Livingston combined to toss five innings of two-run ball, Wroten entered the pitcher’s circle to close out the game and solidify the World Series bid.

“I think I just had a lot of practice, it’s nothing new to me,” Wroten said of the eight innings she pitched between the two games. “I pitch for school and I pitch for travel, so just coming out here and having fun with the girls and having a good environment and good coaches behind me makes it easier knowing they have my back.”

She retired all six batters she faced in the sixth and seventh innings, including three strikeouts.

“This is an awesome opportunity for these girls. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to meet girls from all over the world, some of these girls are going to make friendships for a long time. My coaches, Tabby Passwaters and Paul Kruger, have really stepped up and helped me with coaching this team,” said coach Kormanik.

“I’d like to say, a lot of times little league is tough to do, and coach Marvel from Sussex Tech was a class act in allowing us to pursue this,” said coach Kormanik. “Also a couple of the Swoop organization coaches — Jay Davis and Scott Lynch — these guys were really understanding in our goals from the get-go. Mindy Davis from Georgetown was also a huge help with getting us all together. We’re just very happy to be able to get into the World Series. The girls are very excited.”

The 2017 Little League Senior Softball World Series is slated to take place July 31-Aug. 5 at Lower Sussex Little League in Roxana.

Delaware District 3’s first game is schedule for Monday, July 31 at 6 p.m. against the East squad.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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