PORTLAND, Ore.—Southeast representative Rowan Little League defeated River Ridge Louisiana 4-1 late Wednesday night to capture the Little League Softball World Series championship. It’s the second title for Rowan, which also claimed the grand prize in 2015.
Mooresville Middle School’s Campbell Schaen was the winning pitcher. She and her defense held the Southwest squad to one run. Schaen allowed seven hits and struck out nine.
Rowan plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Lauren Vanderpool, also of Mooresville Middle, singled and stole second base. Schaen singled and Mooresville Middle’s Avrelle Harrell got hit with a pitch to load the bases.
Riley Haggas smacked the ball to the fence to score a pair of runs, and it was 3-0 after Ashley Yang’s bunt scored the runner from third.
Kennedi Fisher drew a walk in the second inning. After stealing second, Vanderpool moved her to third with a groundout. Fisher extended the lead to 4-0 by scoring on a wild pitch.
Louisiana got on the board in the third inning but was unable to overcome the deficit.
Schaen batted .524 (11 for 21) with three RBIs at the LLSBWS. She went 5-0 in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just three runs of which only two were earned. Accompanying that sparkling 0.36 ERA were 49 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.
Harrell batted .333 with four RBIs in Portland. Vanderpool recorded three RBIs, and she homered in the quarterfinals victory.
Rowan’s Cadence Lane, also a Mooresville Middle student-athlete, finished with four RBIs at the LLSBWS.
There will be a parade Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Salisbury to honor these champions, according to the team’s Facebook page. The parade route, it said, will begin at Richards Barbecue, go up Main Street, turn right on Innes to Highway 70, then to Hurley School Rd., and finishing at Salisbury Community Park.