Senior Softball World Series: Georgetown opens tournament with conquest of East

 

ROXANA – Taylor Wroten had no idea what to expect heading into this year’s Little League Senior Softball World Series in Roxana.

District 3’s Corrin Farris reaches third base as East shortstop Shannon Kniple makes the tag on a close play at third.

That didn’t stop her from stepping into the pitcher’s circle and striking out 13 batters in Georgetown’s tournament-opening 4-3 win over the East (Haverstraw, NY) Monday night.

“I had no idea what to expect,” Taylor said. “It’s crazy, we’re staying in the same hotel as these girls, so we’re having dance parties and hanging out with them. And then we’re playing against them on the field. It’s a different environment than any other softball that we’ve played, because it’s not a bunch of softball teams from the same area. These teams are from all over the country and the world, and I just think it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to be a part of this.”

Georgetown, representing District 3 and acting as the host team throughout the 10-team World Series tournament, opened the game with a three-run second inning.

Shortstop Jakayla Sample opened the bottom of the second with a triple, later scoring on a Wroten RBI bunt single.

Kelsey Kormanik grounded out to first base, driving in Wroten for the 2-0 lead.

Jordyn DiFava extended the lead to 3-0 with a solo home run over the left field fence.

“I was just trying to be patient and find my pitch,” DiFava said of her approach in the at-bat.

It’s also Jordyn’s first World Series experience, and she’s making the most of it.

District 3 shortstop Jakayla Sample tags out East’s Leilany Rodriguez as second baseman Jordyn DiFava backs up the play.

“I think it’s amazing,” she said. “It’s a feeling like no other, first at-bat hitting a home run like that. It’s really cool to meet a lot of new people and build these connections with them.”

After reaching on an error, Corrin Farris scored in the bottom of the third inning on another Wroten RBI single.

The East would come back to score three runs of their own in the top half of the fourth inning, including a two-run triple.

The three-run fourth wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

Wroten and the Georgetown defense shut the East down in the final three innings to preserve the one-run victory.

“We are fortunate,” said coach Craig Kormanik. “That is a very strong East team coming out of New York. We’ve heard a lot of things about them. Our girls just went out and executed. Once again, another great job by Taylor Wroten. Jordyn had a key home run and the girls just came together and got it done.”

Georgetown’s next Pool A match-up will come against Southwest Tuesday, Aug. 1 at Lower Sussex Little League in Roxana. First pitch is set for approximately 8 p.m.

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