PORTLAND — Teams will often do a walk-through before a big game. Sometimes it happens in the hotel lobby, other times on a practice field. As it turned out the Wheelersburg all-stars participated in their walk-through during the middle of their 9-0 win over Latin America in their opening game at the Little League Softball World Series on Wednesday night.
The teams were locked into a scoreless battle midway through the game before Wheelersburg broke onto the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Sydney Skiver curved a lead-off single down the right-field line. Pinch-runner Ashlee Spence took her place on the bases and quickly advanced a spot on a passed ball, putting a runner in scoring position with nobody out.
Two batters later, Maddison Kotcamp knocked a single through the middle to bring Spence home.
It was the first trickle in the coming flood.
Haley Myers followed with a shot to center field that eluded a glove and fell into the grass, while teammate Jaelin Thomas drew a walk to load the bases.
“We always practice hitting and that was my goal for today — to come up with a hit,” Myers said. “It was really special to come around and score and for us to score first.”
That would start a trend.
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