Georgetown moves on to Softball World Series semifinals

 

Taylor Wroten pitching for Georgetown in the 10-0 win against Central on Friday. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

ROXANA — It took Georgetown just six innings to pull away with a 10-0 victory over Central in Friday night’s Senior Softball World Series quarterfinal match-up.

One day after a 1-0 extra-inning loss to Asia-Pacific in the final day of pool play, manager Craig Kormanik’s Georgetown squad bounced back with a shutout victory to move on to Saturday’s semifinal round against Canada at 5:30 p.m.

“The bats woke up today, and it showed on the scoreboard. It was a team effort. Everyone from one to nine was able to hit the ball. They’re an excellent team, it was just our day,” coach Kormanik said. “When you come off a loss like that, a lot of times your spirits are down and it takes some wind out of your sails, but not today. The girls were ready to play.”

Offensively, Georgetown produced 15 hits and had 11 batters record at least one hit each.

“Today we focused a lot on hitting,” Taylor Wroten said. “We were discouraged a lot after only having four hits yesterday, so we focused a lot on our hitting and of course our defense is always strong.”

In the pitcher’s circle, Wroten hurled another gem for her teammates. In six innings of work, she surrendered just three hits while striking out seven batters.

“She has really stepped up and got us far in this tournament, she’s been a wonderful asset to this team,” said coach Kormanik.

Centerfielder Ryleigh Elliott got things started in the bottom of the first with a lead-off triple. She would later come around to score on a Corrin Farris sacrifice bunt.

Georgetown tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Sierra Livingston led the inning off with a double to left field, later scoring on a throwing error from Central’s shortstop.

Second baseman Jordyn DiFava, reaching base on the shortstop error, would score the third run of the game on an Elliott single.

Farris capped the second-inning rally with a two-run single, handing Georgetown a 5-0 cushion after two innings.

“We play well together as a team. After yesterday, we just shook it off and said tomorrow is a different day. So then we just came out here and did our business,” Farris said of her team’s approach heading into the quarterfinals.

Kylie Kruger and Sierra Livingston each scored in the bottom of the third inning, stretching the lead out to 7-0.

“I knew we were going to come out here and hit, because that’s what we’re known for doing,” Kruger said. “I believed in my team and we were able to come out here and get it done.”

In the bottom of the fifth inning, pinch-hitter Logan Dorey drove Jordyn DiFava home with a single to left field. Farris then capped her four RBI day with a RBI single to left field.

Madison Parker cut the game short with a RBI single to right field in the bottom of the sixth, giving Georgetown the 10-0 “walk-off” win in six innings to cement the team’s semifinal appearance.

Elliott, Farris, Wroten and Kruger each recorded two hits for Georgetown. Farris led Georgetown batters with four RBIs, while Madison Parker added two of her own. Elliott and Dorey each had one RBI in the win.

“It was so good to see everyone working together tonight. It’s been so much fun, I’ve never played ball like this,” Elliott said.

A win today would give Georgetown a place in the championship match-up Sunday afternoon at Lower Sussex Little League.

 

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