The a Bossier All-Stars fell to Robbinsville, N.J., 4-1 in the championship game of the Little League Softball World Series Wednesday night in Portland, Ore.
New Jersey, the East Region champ, scored all four of its runs in the first inning. Bossier pitcher Caroline Easom turned in a stellar effort. She gave up two hits in the first inning on ground balls hit in spots that made for difficult plays. Easom allowed just three hits in the next four innings as Bossier outhit Robbinsville 6-5.
The game was a far cry from Robbinsville’s 12-1, four-inning victory over Bossier in Pool B play Sunday.
Bossier scored its run in the fourth inning. Makenzie Chaffin, Kourtnee White and Madison Ennis all had singles. Lexi Gray’s single loaded the bases with two outs. Brooklyn Brandon hit a hard shot to right field that was caught to end the inning.
Ennis led Bossier with two hits.
The Bossier All-Stars made history by winning the Little League Southwest Regional for the first time this summer. They were only the second team from Louisiana to represent the region in the World Series.
Bossier reached the title game with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Southeast champ Columbus, Ga., in the semifinals Tuesday. Robbinsville defeated Tallmadge, Ohio, 11-1 in five innings in the other semifinal.
Bossier broke a 1-1 tie against Georgia with a run in the top of the fifth. Easom led off the inning with a double and scored on a double by Gray.
Georgia’s Jada Chadwick led off the sixth and final inning with a triple. According to a story by David Ball in the Portland Tribune, Chadwick slid safely into third on a tight play.
According to the story, the base came dislodged and Chadwick stepped off the bag. Time had not been called, and Bossier third baseman White kept her glove on Chadwick’s back. The umpire then called Chadwick out.
It turned out to be a huge play because Kennedi Bedel hit a two-out single that would have tied it. Another single and a stolen base put runners at first and third. But Bossier pitcher Raelin Chaffin got a grounder to shortstop to end the game.
Bossier scored its other run in the first inning. Makenzie Chaffin, Ennis and Brandon all singled on hard-hit infield ground balls.
Raelin Chaffin scattered seven hits. She also had two hits, including a double.
One key to the game was the stellar play of Bossier in the field. Bossier didn’t have an error while Georgia had two.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org