KIRKLAND, Wash. – A five-run third inning and unflappable
defense catapulted the Gilroy Juniors All-Stars past Guam 11-2 as
Pool B play continued Tuesday afternoon at the Little League World
Series in Kirkland, Wash.
KIRKLAND, Wash. – A five-run third inning and unflappable defense catapulted the Gilroy Juniors All-Stars past Guam 11-2 as Pool B play continued Tuesday afternoon at the Little League World Series in Kirkland, Wash.
Nicole Green got the nod in the circle for Gilroy on Tuesday, tossing six innings to get the win. Though she only had one strikeout, she kept the opposing hitters at bay with the help of the defense behind her who turned two double plays in the contest.
Holly Lam, Wednesday’s likely starter, closed the effort striking out three of the four batters she faced.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the top second inning on RBI hits from Elisa Perales and Brittney Souza, Gilroy exploded for five runs in the third to stretch its advantage.
Manager Rudy Perales has stressed throughout the postseason the importance of capitalizing on opponents’ mishaps. Gilroy scored three unearned runs, once via walk and once on a hit batsmen in the third inning.
The girls tacked on a single run in the fourth inning before adding three more tallies in the top of the seventh to leave little doubt. Jenae Estrada and Mackenzie Mitchell delivered the final blows with a RBI-single and two-RBI double, respectively.
With the victory, the Garlic Girls (3-0 in pool play), representing the West, assured themselves a spot in Friday’s semifinals. What seed they enter as will be determined Wednesday in a pivotal showdown with the East (2-0), Pool B’s other undefeated team.
If Gilroy upends the East contingent, it will face the runner-up out of Pool A. If Gilroy ends up on the losing side Wednesday, it will take on the top team out of Pool A. The winner of each semifinal game will square off in Saturday’s final, which can be seen on ESPN 2 at 2 p.m., to determine the 2010 Junior League Softball World Champion.
Wednesday’s game is slated for a 2 p.m. start.
Samantha DeLaTorre, Kristen Dennis, Jenae Estrada, Nicole Green, Holly Lam, Mackenzie Mitchell, Dejah Raoof, Mariza Rodriguez, Adrianna Ortega, Elisa Perales, Crissy Simpson, Brittney Souza.
Records thus far.
Southeast – 2-0
Host – 1-2
Canada – 0-3
Latin America – 2-0
Southwest – 1-1
EMEA (Italy) – 0-2
West (Gilroy) 3-0
East – 2-0
Asia-Pacific (Guam) 0-2