Virginia shuts down Georgia to claim spot in Little League Softball regional title game
WARNER ROBINS -- Virginia played shorthanded for its first two games of the Little League Softball Southeastern Regional Tournament.
The team from McLean Little League, however, had its full complement of players available for Sundays semifinal, and it rode the right arm of Kathryn Sandercock to a 3-0 victory over Georgia and a spot in Mondays final against Tennessee, a 6-3 winner in eight innings over Florida.
We had four kids with prior commitments that couldnt be here, and we knew that coming in, Virginia coach Gerry Megas said. Our goal as a team was just to win one of those first two games, get our full team together and see what we could do.
Sandercock dodged the sweet spot of Georgia bats all afternoon long as she picked up the complete-game victory, surrendering just three hits and striking out three in her six innings of shutout softball.
She was awesome, Megas said. She was just great. She hit her spots, and she hung in there to make the big pitches when she needed to. She had some 3-2 counts and had to throw a strike because we didnt want to put runners on base. She was just phenomenal.
Georgia pitchers Emma Whitfield and Natalie Morgan were equal to the task, but a pair of costly walks and three Virginia singles in the third inning led to the only three runs of the game.
No player for either team finished the contest with multiple hits.
McLean won it all in 2005, and the team will attempt to return to Portland, Ore., for a shot at another World Series title when Virginia squares off with Morristown, Tenn., at noon on Monday.
To make the championship game is a huge accomplishment, Megas said. Weve got to come out and hit. That is the hallmark of our team. Were not going with our No. 1 pitcher, so were going to have to do it with our hitting. Its up to us. If we hit, weve got a shot.
Georgia was represented in this years softball tournament by Toccoa Little League.