World champion Georgetown celebrates Senior League softball title

ROXANA — It’s not often you get the opportunity to call yourself a world champion.

Following Sunday afternoon’s 4-0 shutout of Asia-Pacific in the Senior League Softball World Series championship game, that’s exactly what the Georgetown girls can call themselves.

World champions.

“What a great experience,” said manager Craig Kormanik. “A couple key defensive plays and Jakayla Sample’s solo home run really boosted the team’s energy to finish this.”

The win, marking the Georgetown’s third consecutive shutout, improved its overall tournament record to 6-1 and avenged the host squad’s 1-0 loss to Asia-Pacific in the final game of pool play on Aug. 3.

In Thursday’s first matchup, Asia-Pacific starting pitcher Kaith Ezra Jaladoni struck out 18 Georgetown batters en route to the extra-inning victory.

Georgetown’s Jakayla Sample is greeted at home plate after her homer in Sunday’s Senior League Softball World Series title game. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

This time around, however, Georgetown figured out her rise ball and eventually broke the game open with a late rally.

After going hitless in the first three innings, Corrin Farris recorded Georgetown’s first hit in the fourth inning with a double to centerfield.

The following inning, Georgetown broke up the scoreless tie as Kara Powell reached base on an error, scoring Sierra Livingston from third base.

Taylor Wroten pitched every inning for Georgetown in its seven World Series games. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

Sample led off the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field, sparking a three-run rally for Georgetown.

“It felt good just knowing I’ve been in a slump for a while and I just need to make contact with the ball,” said Sample. “I finally did and it just went out.”

“Jakayla is known as a home run hitter, and I think she just has to get that out of her head, relax and hit the ball,” said Kormanik. “When she relaxes and just hits the ball, it still goes out. She focused on what she was trying to do — and that’s put it in play. She connected and it went.”

Farris followed Sample with her second hit of the day, singling to centerfield. Pitcher Taylor Wroten moved her over to second on a groundout and Kylie Kruger drove her in on a single to centerfield.

Kylie Kruger scored the third run of the inning, putting Georgetown ahead 4-0.

Wroten retired the last 13 batters in order to preserve the 4-0 championship victory. She held Asia-Pacific to just two hits.

“Taylor Wroten pitched every pitch in this World Series, and it looks like she could keep going,” Kormanik said. “The girl is a true work horse, one of Delaware’s premiere pitchers, and we were lucky enough to have her on the team.”

“Nobody expected us to come out here and do this good, let alone win the whole thing,” said Wroten. “I expected us to go far, but I didn’t know what to expect.

But once we won that Latin America game I knew we were going to be the team to beat. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and now we know, we are DIII and we’re the best.”

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