Softball World Series Day 3: Georgetown improves to 3-0 in pool play

ROXANA – Another day, another Senior Softball World Series victory for Georgetown.

The host team captured its third win of the tournament, defeating Latin America 3-1 Wednesday afternoon in Roxana.

Starting pitcher Taylor Wroten hurled a complete-game, allowing just one run and striking out six Latin America hitters. She also added a solo home run in the fourth inning.

“We played as a team, but we definitely had some girls who stepped up today. Taylor Wroten, obviously, being one of them,” said manager Craig Kormanik. “Heck of a game pitching, solo shot that sparked the team back into it. All in all, we executed very well.”

Latin America put up its lone run in the top of the first inning, as lead-off hitter Joanlly Rodriguez-Garcia scored on a sac fly down first-base line.

Taylor Wroten celebrates her fourth-inning solo home run as she rounds third base (Sussex County Post/Ben Heck).

Georgetown went scoreless through the first three innings of play before Wroten’s solo homer to left field put the host team on the board.

“I knew the hardest run was going to be the first run, especially after they scored the first run early,” Wroten said. “We just needed to get back in it, so I went up there and just let it happen. I didn’t force anything. It felt really good, and I knew we were right back in the game.”

Latin America starting pitcher Karmary Gonzalez kept Georgetown’s offense off the board in the fifth inning and retired the first two batters of the sixth inning.

Georgetown shortstop Jakayla Sample provided the team with another spark, drilling a two-out double to left field.

With Wroten stepping back into the batter’s box, Gonzalez issued an intentional walk.

That’s when Sierra Livingston stepped in and made the big play offensively.

Livingston drove a double to left field, scoring both Wroten and Sample and handing Georgetown the two-run lead heading into the final inning.

“I knew I had to have my team’s back,” she said. “They are always there for me, and I wanted to have Taylor’s back because she pitched a great game. So I wanted to get that hit for the team.”

Jakayla Sample slides safely into third base during Georgetown’s 3-1 victory over Latin America Wednesday afternoon (Sussex County Post/Ben Heck).

Her two-run double proved to be the difference.

Wroten stranded two base-runners in the top of the seventh to seal the 3-1 victory.

Georgetown managed just four hits all game, but the offense produced when they needed to.

“Madison Parker also really came through with a couple of nice shots and was able to get on base for us today,” said coach Kormanik.

Georgetown enters the final day of pool play with a 3-0 record. The team will play Asia-Pacific (3-0) at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

Additional Wednesday, Aug. 2 scores:

Canada 2, Central 0.
West 16, Europe-Africa 1
Asia-Pacific 6, Southwest 1

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

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