GLL ALL-STARS: Juniors eke out 5-4 victory, one win away from World Series

Gilroy Little League Juniors All-Stars take it easy after

The Gilroy Little League Juniors softball All-Stars held off
Queen’s Creek, Arizona for a 5-4 triumph to advance to tonight’s
championship game at the Western Regional tournament in Tuscon.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
One more win. That’s it.

The Gilroy Little League Juniors softball All-Stars held off Queen’s Creek, Arizona for a 5-4 triumph to advance to tonight’s championship game at the Western Regional tournament in Tuscon.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

If Gilroy beats District 5 Arizona, who already has one loss, the girls clinch a berth in the Little League World Series in Kirkland Washington. However, if Arizona tops the hometown contingent, the teams square off in a winner-take-all showdown Wednesday night.

Gilroy made it through Pool B play unscathed, setting up Monday’s contest with Pool A top seed Queen’s Creek.

The game began Sunday evening but was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning due to rain.

With Gilroy ahead 2-0, the game picked up where it left off Monday and the girls were able to hold on.

A RBI-double by Kristen Dennis, bringing in Holly Lam, followed by a RBI-single from Mackenzie Mitchell to plate Brittney Souza, put Gilroy up 2-0 after two innings.

When play resumed Monday, the girls scored twice more in the top of the fifth on RBIs from Adrianna Ortega and Cristyn Simpson.

After back-to-back singles from Mitchell and DeLaTorre in the top of the sixth, Maritza Rodriguez chased home Mitchell for the deciding run with a RBI-double.

Lam, with a 24-hour break, went the distance, striking out six to get the win.

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