Georgetown beats Canada, earns spot at World Series championship

 

The Georgetown Senior League softball team players celebrate their 1-0 win over Canada on Saturday.

ROXANA — Georgetown earned a spot in the Senior League Softball World Series championship match-up with a 1-0 semifinal victory over Canada Saturday night.

With the help of Taylor Wroten’s second consecutive shutout performance in the pitcher’s circle, Georgetown handed Canada its only loss of the 2017 tournament.

The victory sets Georgetown up with a championship match-up against Asia-Pacific Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

“Once again it was a pitchers’ duel. We were just fortunate enough to move that one run around and hold them,” Georgetown manager Craig Kormanik said. “Taylor, once again, unbelievable performance. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll do a little bit more with the bats, but we got it done.”

On offense, Georgetown managed just two hits against Canada starting pitcher Kaia Gyorfi. It was enough.

Both teams went hitless through the first two innings of play and Georgetown didn’t record its first hit until the bottom of the fourth inning.

Jakayla Sample led the bottom of the fourth off with an infield single, beating out the throw from the shortstop.

She turned the base-hit into the game’s only run.

Corrin Farris laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Sample over to second base. One at-bat later Wroten laid down a bunt as well, reaching on a fielding error. Sample would score from second base on the play, sliding past the tag from the opposing catcher.

“It definitely felt great to be able to put the ball in play and have Taylor bunt me back in,” Sample said of her run.

Wroten, who almost missed the game due to a family vacation, would strike out nine batters and allow just three hits in the game.

Instead of hopping on a plane with her family, Wroten opted to stay in town for a few more days to help her team earn a World Series championship.

“I decided I wanted to be here with my team, and they had my back tonight,” she said.

Wroten’s teammates were happy to have her in the pitcher’s circle, and the defense stepped in and made some big plays to preserve the win.

“We’re just excited to have the opportunity to be in the World Series and to be on ESPN on Sunday,” coach Kormanik said.

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