Late rally sparks District III offense in 10-2 win

ROXANA — District III used an eight-run seventh inning rally to roll past Latin America, 10-2, in Wednesday afternoon’s Senior League Softball World Series matchup.

The win, coming just 13 hours after the Sussex County squad posted a 12-inning marathon victory over U.S. Southwest, improves District III’s pool-play record to 3-0 heading into today’s 3 p.m. showdown with Asia Pacific (3-0).

District III’s lineup collected 11 hits and saw six different hitters drive in at least one run on Wednesday.

Hadlie Jarvis collected a game-high three RBIs in District III’s 10-2 rout of Latin America Wednesday afternoon (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

“When we had runners in certain positions, some of these girls really stepped up and got runs in,” District III manager Craig Kormanik said. “Kayla Evans, Siera Jones – some of them aren’t starting, but they’re there for a reason and they did what they had to do.”

Hadlie Jarvis led the late-game offensive surge, going 2-for-3 at the plate and knocking in a game-high three runs.

Evans went 1-for-2 with a pair of runs driven in and Jones followed up Tuesday’s three-hit game by going 1-for-4 with a run scored Wednesday.

“I came in with a positive attitude because it was the first time I really got to hit this year and I had a big spot to fill. I just did what I know I can do and drove the ball,” Jarvis said of her success at the plate.

Sierra Livingston, the hero of Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory with the game-winning double, followed up that performance with a three-hit day against Latin America’s three pitchers – starter Yessenia Vazquez and relievers Karmary Gonzalez and Paolo Perez.

Taylor Wroten — who pitched all 12 innings on Tuesday — tossed a complete game six-hitter, retiring the first 10 batters of the game in order. She finished the game with five strikeouts and two earned runs allowed on 83 pitches.

Taylor Wroten allowed two runs on six hits and finished her 7.0 innings with five strikeouts (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

District III’s offense struck first as Livingston scored the game’s first run on a Jarvis sacrifice fly in the top half of the second inning.

Evans extended the lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth, driving in Kelsey Kormanik on a single to centerfield.

After recording just three hits through the game’s first five innings, Latin America broke up Wroten’s shutout bid with a two-run home run off the bat of Coralys Santiago to knot the game 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Allowing a game-tying home run was just the extra push District III’s offense needed heading into the game’s final inning.

“I think that really set us off to work even harder and focus more on the pitcher and look for our pitch. I think we did a really good job of that,” Evans said.

“After that home run, we knew we had to come back so we all came together as a team,” said Jarvis.

Manager Craig Kormanik talks things over with Kelsey Kormanik, Sierra Livingston, Kayla Evans and Hadlie Jarvis during a break in action (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Leadoff hitter Ryleigh Elliott led the seventh off by reaching base on a Latin America fielding error. DiFava would bunt Elliott to second and she ended up on third base due to another Latin America fielding error.

Livingston’s bloop single to shallow left field scored Elliott to give District III the go-ahead run and spark the offensive outburst.

A bases-loaded walk, two-run Jarvis single, Evans sacrifice fly and an Elliott two-run double broke the game wide open, 9-2.

DiFava’s RBI double put the finishing touches on District III’s eight-run inning.

“They were determined to come back out and show them what we had, they weren’t going to lose going down like that off of one hit,” Kormanik said of the seventh inning. “Latin America has massive ability, and is still a threat, but we were really fortunate in the seventh inning to do what we did.”

Thursday’s match-up with unbeaten Asia-Pacific to wrap up pool play will be District III’s toughest test so far in the tournament.

“We’re just going to keep up the momentum and try not to get too confident, because obviously we’re 3-0 right now but we still have to keep working and not slack off at all,” Siera Jones said.

“I’d love to be the No. 1 seed,” Kormanik said. “We’re going to do what we can. Asia-Pacific always has a highly talented team, so we’re just going to go play our best and see what happens.”

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

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