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MORNING STAR • AUGUST 14 - 20, 2008

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District III Big League softball team falls to Connecticut The District III Big League softball team lost to Connecticut, 6-1 and 6-3, in the Eastern Regional finals last Thursday. The Delaware state champs went undefeated in pool play, including a 3-1 win over Connecticut on Tuesday, before losing both games on Friday.

Woodbridge Pop Warner to host softball fundraiser The Woodbridge Pop Warner Association would like to invite the local community to come and play softball with the league August 16-17. Woodbridge Pop Warner is raising money for the upcoming season. The cost is $10 per player with a minimum of 12 players per team and a maximum of 15 for this slow pitch tournament. Each batter starts out with one ball and one strike. There will be at least one certified umpire. The teams can be coed and each player must be at least 16 years old. There will be awards given out to the first, second, and third place teams. There will also be an annual trophy and the first place team’s name will be placed on that trophy. The winning team will be asked to return next year to defend their title at no charge. This will be a fun filled day with barbecue for sale and many other refreshments. Contact: John Mosley at 302-258-5259 or Ty Smith at 302-745-5593 To register please send your roster and payments to: Woodbridge Pop Warner, P.O. Box 231, Greenwood, DE 19950.

Laurel catcher Kelsey Oliphant throws to second base as a Virginia Beach runner attempts to steal a base during last Friday’s Senior League Softball World Series game. Laurel won the game, 9-3, to finish 3-2 in tournament play. Photo by Mike McClure

District III caps World Series play with a 9-3 win over USA South By Mike McClure The Laurel Senior League softball team ended World Series play with a 3-2 mark following a 9-3 win over USA South (Virginia Beach) last Friday in Roxana. “It’s always nice to end on a positive note,” Laurel manager Jeff Evans said. “I think the best teams that come out here are the ones that conquer the unity. Last year, from a chemistry standpoint, was probably the best.” District III starter Courtney Evans sent Virginia Beach down in order in the first inning, but the southern region champs came back with a pair of runs in the second. Amy Aguirre reached first on error, went to second on a wild pitch, and moved to third on a sac bunt by Courtney Corriere. Kaitlyn Buswell was hit by a pitch, stole second, and went to third on an error with Aguirre scoring the first run of the game. Erin Corey hit a bloop single to score Buswell before Lauren White hit into an inning ending double play (Brittney Brittingham to Brooke Evans to Stephanie Wheatley). Laurel came back with a pair of runs in the top of the third as Brooke Evans hit a two out single, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch. Kelsey Oliphant walked, stole second, and scored when Jenna Cahall drew a bases loaded walk (2-2). USA South regained the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to a an RBI single by Amy Aguirre which scored Theresa Rollins (double). Laurel responded with four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead. Alexis Oliphant singled in Taylor Oliphant (fielder’s choice) and Brooke Evans (first on error) and Jenna Allen doubled in Kelsey Oliphant (walk) and Alexis Oliphant.

hit a two out single to put runners on first and second before Allen, who came on in the third inning, got a come backer to the mound to end the inning. Virginia Beach had one more chance to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as Rollins reached on an infield single. Allen recorded a strikeout before Brooke Evans snared a line drive and threw to first baseman Mariah Dickerson for the game ending double play. Allen paced Laurel with a pair of doubles and three RBIs as well as two runs allowed on five hits with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Alexis Oliphant added one hit, one run, and two RBIs; Kelsey Oliphant had one hit, two runs,

one RBI, two walks, and two steals; and Brooke Evans added one hit, three steals, and three runs. Davis contributed one hit and one run and Wheatley and Trout each had one hit. Laurel, coming off the heartbreaking loss to Puerto Rico the night before, spent the day at the beach to get away from the pressure filled tournament. Evans is hopeful that his team, minus the older players, will be able to return to the World Series for the third straight year in 2009. “We’ve got a couple of players that can’t come back (next year). We have a strong group back next year,” Evans said. “It’s not going to be a rebuilding year, it’s going to be a reloading year.”

District III first baseman Mariah Dickerson tags out USA South’s Amy Aguirre to seal her team’s 9-3 win last Friday in Roxana. Photo by Mike McClure

District III pitcher Courtney Evans winds and delivers a pitch during her team’s win over USA South last Friday. The Laurel team went 3-2 in World Series play. Photo by Mike McClure

The District III champions put three more runs on the board in the top of the fifth when Melissa Trout led off with a single, Yasmin Davis singled, and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Pinch runner Alyssa Martin scored on an error, Brooke Evans walked and stole second, Kelsey Oliphant grounded out to plate Davis, and Allen doubled in Evans 9-3. In the bottom of the fifth, Amy Aguirre

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