The World Series hopes for Delaware’s District 3 representatives from Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke were dashed Aug. 4, as the Southwest squad from Waco, Texas, delivered a 7-5 win over the host squad at the Senior Softball World Series in Roxana.
The host team started off strong, slamming two runs up in the first inning. They could only hold onto the lead until the bottom of the third, when the Southwest team answered with three runs, and added two more in the fourth.
District 3 pulled close in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on a wild pitch and a Kaegen Brittingham single.
District 3’s Kate Evick and Jada Evans each had three hits, each with a double in the game. Carlie Venables went 2-for-3. Brittingham, Saige Bullock and Tatum Otwell each singled in the game. Evick went yard in the top of the seventh inning.
“I was up there to get the inning started for us and try and get us closer in game,” said Evick. “Dad [manager Mike Evick] said I had nothing to lose and I might as well end the World Series with a bang.”
And she did, adding her third homer of the World Series week.
“We made a few mistakes that cost us that game,” said District 3 manager Mike Evick. “We beat ourselves today.”
Delaware outhit the Southwest 11-8, but committed three costly errors in the finals.
The host manager gave kudos to his team for getting to the finals.
“We played well all week,” he said. “Jada and Kylee [Hill] pitched well all week. All 16 girls contributed throughout the series. They also had a really good time getting to know other teams from around the world. I think we represented downstate Delaware really well.”