With Mooresville-area talent both on and off the field, the Rowan County-based girls 16-and-under Little League All-Star softball team had its bid for an invite to the World Series cut short on the final hot day of play in the Little League Softball Southeast Regional.
Held in Salisbury that also serves as the home base headquarters for the organization that includes the local portion of Iredell County within its coverage area, the Rowan County 16-U squad made it as far as the finals of consolation-round play in the double-elimination regional before having its shot at a World Series trip denied.
Rowan suffered the second of its maximum allowed two losses to fellow loser’s bracket survivor Florida, 6-5, in action held over the past weekend.
Rowan, the District II champion, entered the final day of the regional with an admitted tough how to row. The club was fully aware that it would take as many as three wins to secure the Southeast Regional title and accompanying bid to the World Series scheduled to get underway later this month.
The unit featured a Mooresville presence as the head coach and also counted several girls representing both the Mooresville and Lake Norman high schools’ softball programs on the roster.
As it turned out, it took a lot out of the Florida team to defeat Rowan County and reach the regional finals.
In those finals, an undefeated South Carolina crew ousted the consolation round winners from the field to score the right to travel to Delaware and appear in the 16-U Little League Softball World Series.
For the weeklong tournament overall, both of the defeats suffered by the Rowan County entry came against the teams, in South Carolina and Florida, that made it to the regional finals.