South Snohomish, which was no-hit in 8-0 loss to North Carolina, will play Central Iowa in one-game playoff Tuesday with the winner advancing to the semifinals at the Little League Softball World Series. Central Iowa officials said Snohomish purposely tried not to score in an effort to keep the Iowa team from advancing.

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PORTLAND — Amid reports it purposely lost its game Monday, the South Snohomish team will play a previously unscheduled playoff game Tuesday to see if it advances to the semifinals of the Little League Softball World Series.

South Snohomish lost an 8-0 no-hitter against Salisbury, N.C., on Monday.

According to The Des Moines Register, Chris Chadd, president of Central Iowa Little League, said he believes the South Snohomish team benched starters and ordered every player to bunt with two strikes in an attempt to lose the game. “It’s clear to everyone that they basically threw the game,” Chadd said.

“It’s not the girls’ fault,” Chadd said. “It’s the coaches … they should be disqualified.”

The loss left both South Snohomish and Salisbury 3-1 in pool play along with Slater, Iowa, which South Snohomish had beaten 4-3 earlier in the tournament. Because of complicated playoff rules, South Snohomish’s loss would have sent South Snohomish and Salisbury to the semis, not Iowa.

South Snohomish Little League president Jeff Taylor denied any wrongdoing in a report by The (Everett) Herald, saying South Snohomish coach Fred Miller opted to rest some starters who had been playing in tournaments for more than three months.

Little League officials saw the point Iowa was making and set up a special playoff game at 9 a.m. Tuesday between South Snohomish and Iowa with the winner to advance to the semifinals.


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