World champs: Georgetown captures 2017 Senior Softball World Series title

ROXANA — It’s not often you get the opportunity to call yourself a world champion.

Following Sunday afternoon’s 4-0 shutout victory over Asia-Pacific in the 2017 Senior Softball World Series championship game, that’s exactly what the Georgetown girls can call themselves. World champions.

“What a great experience,” said manager Craig Kormanik. “A couple key defensive plays and Jakayla Sample’s solo home run really boosted the team’s energy to finish this.”

The win, marking the team’s third consecutive shutout, improved the team’s overall tournament record to 6-1 and avenged their earlier 1-0 loss to Asia-Pacific in the final game of pool play Thursday, Aug. 3.

In Thursday’s match-up, Asia-Pacific starting pitcher Kaith Ezra Jaladoni struck out 18 Georgetown batters en route to the extra-inning victory.

This time around, Georgetown figured out her rise ball and eventually broke the game open with a late rally.

After going hitless in the first three innings, Corrin Farris recorded Georgetown’s first hit in the fourth inning with a double to centerfield.

The following inning, Georgetown broke up the 0-0 tie as Kara Powell reached base on an error, scoring Sierra Livingston from third base.

Sample led the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field, sparking a three-run sixth inning rally for the Georgetown girls.

“It felt good just knowing I’ve been in a slump for a while and I just need to make contact with the ball, and I finally did and it just went out,” Jakayla said.

“Jakayla is known as a home run hitter, and I think she just has to get that out of her head, relax and hit the ball,” said coach Kormanik. “When she relaxes and just hits the ball, it still goes out. She focused on what she was trying to do, and that’s put it in play, and she connected and it went.”

Farris followed Sample with her second hit of the day, singling to centerfield. Wroten moved her over to second on a groundout and Kylie Kruger drove her in on a single to centerfield.

Kylie Kruger scores the third run of the inning, putting Georgetown ahead 4-0.

Starting pitcher Taylor Wroten retired the last 13 batters consecutively to preserve the 4-0 championship victory. She held Asia-Pacific to just two hits all game.

“Taylor Wroten pitched every pitch in this world series, and it looks like she could keep going,” coach Kormanik said. “The girl is a true work horse, one of Delaware’s premiere pitchers, and we were lucky enough to have her on the team.”

“Nobody expected us to come out here and do this good, let alone win the whole thing,” Taylor said. “I expected us to go far, but I didn’t know what to expect. But once we won that Latin America game I knew we were going to be the team to beat. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and now we know, we are DIII and we’re the best.”

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

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