The District 3 All-Stars fell just short of a come-from-behind win against a scrappy Asia-Pacific team Aug. 1 in the final pool game at the Senior Softball World Series in Roxana. The host team from Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke fell 8-6, finishing pool play with a 3-1 record.
Down 6-0, District 3 scored one run in the fifth inning, one in the sixth and was on track for the storybook finish with four runs in the seventh.
Jada Evans went yard to open the sixth, but the District 3 team couldn’t capitalize on hits by Kaegen Brittingham and Megan Sterling.
With one out in the seventh inning, Daniya Dashiell singled on a line drive to center. Kate Evick singled on a ground ball to left, then Evans singled to score Dashiell and move a runner to third base. Aryanna Briddell reached on a throwing error, allowing runner Victoria Lecates to score and advancing Evans to third. Brittingham singled to score Evans. Sterling slammed a double to add another run. After a pick-off at third and a pop-up, the D3 team took its first loss of the tournament.
Evans went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Dashiell slammed a triple on the way to a 2-for-3 afternoon with an RBI. Sterling went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Briddell was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Evick and Tatum Otwell each picked up a hit.
Evans started in the pitching circle, giving up three runs and striking out three. Kylee Hill came in from the bullpen and gave up three earned runs, striking out eight batters.
Laica Atlas picked up the victory for Asia-Pacific, giving up five earned runs while striking out nine District 3 batters.
“We had a few errors that hurt us, but we never gave up,” said District 3 manager Mike Evick. “Tomorrow is when everything starts.”
District 3 plays USA Southeast, the third-place finisher from Pool B, at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 2. The semifinals are set for Saturday, Aug. 3, and the finals will be held Sunday, Aug. 4.