Fans in Kirkland were witness to a close game for the Little League Junior Softball World Series championship game at Everest Park on Saturday. That is, until Morgan Ryan, from the Greensburg, Pa., team decided she would have something to say about that.
Greensburg, winners of the East region, led the Latin American winners, from Mexicali, Mexico, 3-2 heading into the bottom of the second inning.
Ryan stepped up to the plate and slammed a home run over the left-field fence, leaving fans in the outfield debating whether the 220-footer could have still been a homer in bigger parks.
That doubled up the visiting Mexicali team, 4-2, and then Ryan went to work on the mound, too. She finished with five strikeouts in her team’s 6-2 victory to win the Junior Softball championship.
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“I tell you what, all season, Maddie Uschock and Morgan Ryan have been such a strong team,” said Greensburg manager Shelly Ryan. “We don’t even rank them. They can both just come in any time that’s needed and do the job.”
Greensburg was able to use the right combination of chemistry and talent to win the whole thing, according to Shelly Ryan.
“As soon as we set foot here, we thought, ‘Let’s try to win this,’ ” she said. “The girls were able to rally and come through this whole week. … The whole package worked for us this year.”
Italy 12, Tucson 4
In Saturday’s consolation game, Sunnyside Little League, from Tucson, Ariz., dropped a 12-4 game to Lombardia Junior League, from Milan, Italy. Girogia Migliorini struck out six in the win, and Sunnyside was led by Amaya Turner (2 of 3) and Narilyn Moralez, who hit a triple.
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