South minor softball wins the Eastern Region championship
South Williamsport minor softball capped its best season in Little League softball history with a 7-2 win over New Jersey in the Eastern Region Invitational Championship on Thursday afternoon at Pittston.
On Thursday morning, South clinched a spot in the tournament final with a 3-0 win over Maine.
Alizabeth Schuler capped an unbelievable tournament performance with wins in each game, throwing a complete-game, one-hitter with 13 strikeouts against Maine. In the championship game, Schuler tossed 11 more strikeouts while allowing just two hits and went 3 for 4 at the plate.
In the title game, South took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and after an hour rain delay, Lynna Clark effectively iced the game with a two-run double in the top of the third inning to make it 5-0.
Natalya Betz capped a two-hit game with an RBI in the fifth inning to make it 7-1.
Kendall Cardone also went 2 for 3 for South, which ended its season with district, sectional and regional titles.
Eastern Regional Invitational
South Williamsport 3, Maine 0
South Williamsport 001 002–3 2 0
Maine 000 000- 0 1 1
Alizabeth Schuler and Mikaiya Hills. Kennedy Kimball and Cami Casserly. W–Schuler. L–Kimball.
Top South Williamsport hitters: Mikaiya Hills, 2 1B.
South Williamsport 7, New Jersey 2
South Williamsport 302 020–7 9 4
New Jersey 000 110–2 2 1
Alizabetyh Schuler and Mikaiya Hills. Delilah Tabaka and Natalia Webber. W–Schuler. L–Tabaka.
Top South Williamsport hitters: Lynna Clark 2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Alizabeth Schuler 3-4, run; Kendall Cardone 2-3; Natalya Betz 2-3, RBI. Top New Jersey hitters: Delilah Tabaka 1-3, run.