The Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke Senior Softball All-Stars swept Georgetown/Cape/Lower Sussex 2-1 and 4-3 in a July 24 doubleheader to win the District 3 tournament and punch their ticket to the Senior Softball World Series.
GCL took the lead in the the second inning of the first game, but LMN scored one run in the third and another in the fifth inning to take the 2-1 victory in the contest.
LMN’s Couri Smith went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Tatum Otwell went 2-for-2, while Megan Sterling had a hit.
Jada Evans had seven strikeouts in seven innings worked.
Sierra Livingston, Kelsey Kormanik and Tori Henry had hits for the GCL squad. Livingston and Kormanik each picked up an RBI.
Each team tallied 10 hits in the second game. GCL took the early lead, scoring two in the opening inning.
GCL’s Kayla Evans went 3-for-4 in the game. Kayler Townsend and Kylie Kruger went 2-for-4 while Livingston, Savannah O’Shields and Henry each hit safely.
LMN came back to score two in the fourth and two in the fifth, and held off a late charge by GCL to garner the 4-3 win and move on to the World Series.
LMN’s Smith went 3-for-4 in the game, while Jada Evans went 2-for-3 with a double and Kaegan Brittingham went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Otwell slammed a double, and Kaylee Hill, Saige Bullock and Kate Evick each hit a single.
“There are two really good teams here tonight,” said LMN manager Mike Evick. “We got a total team effort. Everybody contributed to the win. Kaylee [Hill] did a really good job in the second game even though she’s only 12 years old.”
Hill had six strikeouts in six innings in the circle.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to take my youngest there. I took my oldest daughter Taylor there four years ago today. That was my goal, to get her there and then retire from coaching Little League,” said Evick.
“We played a really good team tonight,” said GCL manager Craig Kormanik, who coached the last two World Series squads. “They have a great coaching staff, and we had a few errors at inopportune times. Our girls played hard and just came up a little short. We still a wonderful group of girls.”