District III wins marathon game at softball World Series

ROXANA — Just when it looked like the game might never end, District III’s all-stars found a way to pull out a victory on Tuesday night.

Sierra Livingston doubled home Jordan DeFiva with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Sussex County’s District III a dramatic 2-1 victory over U.S. Southwest at the Senior League Softball World Series.

The hard-earned win leaves defending champion District III with a 2-0 record in the tournament being played at Lower Sussex Little League.

DeFiva led off the bottom of the 12th by reaching base on an error. She was then sacrificed to second base before Livington’s double to right field brought her home.

It was the first scoring in a long time in the pitcher’s duel. Both teams scored a single run in the first inning before settling in to 10 straight scoreless innings.

District III’s Taylor Wroten pitched a complete-game seven-hitter, allowing only the one run while striking out six and walking only one batter. She threw 151 pitches.

The U.S. Southeast used three pitchers who combined to allow 11 hits and three walks with nine strikeouts.

Kylie Kruger, who had the first RBI, and Siera Jones had three hits apiece for District III. Ryleigh Ellliott scored the downstaters’ first run and added two hits.

After opening the 10-team tournament with a 12-0 win over U.S. East on Monday, District III found runs much tougher to come by on Tuesday night.

The host all-stars scored just one first-inning run in the marathon contest.

Today’s games are slated to be played in the afternoon. District III will take on Latin America at 12:30 p.m. in the third of five pool-play contests.

There are four games on tap today beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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