Coming off a Sunday loss, the Poland girls softball team playing as the U.S. Central champs in the Little League Softball World Series beat Canada Monday, 7-1. Allyson Deemer controlled the whole game for the mound win. The local girls are playing in Portland, Ore., and are currently in second place in pool play with a 3-1 record.
The game started slowly with Canada bringing in its sole run in the bottom of the first inning after Deemer walked Kaitlyn Tucker and gave up a single to Alyssa Zicari. Deemer didn't let go of anything after that, leaving Zicari's single as the only hit of the game for Canada.
Poland showed its fighting spirit posting five hits at the bats of Deemer, Claire Testa and Jenna Schettler. Catcher Danielle Rutana posted two hits and an RBI in the win.
The fourth inning broke things wide open for the Poland girls, with Testa driving a single then managing to score on errors and a wild pitch by Canada. Deemer, Aleah Hughes and Megan Marsico all walked and brought in three runs on two hits for the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Canada only managed to bring five batters to the plate before the locals shut them down and added to their 3-1 lead. At the dawn of the fifth frame, Testa grabbed a base on an error then Deemer launched a double scoring Testa. Schettler singled, stole second and nabbed a score on a passed ball, pushing Deemer in with her and putting three runs on the board. With a 6-1 lead and one inning left to play, the girls weren't giving up yet.
Deemer walked Canada's Hannah Bashford at the bottom of the fifth and Georgia Martin grounded out before Deemer struck out two to move into the final act.
Second baseman Testa pushed through one more run for the Central team, reaching base on an error then advancing on a walk from Hughes. Two stolen bases later, Testa crossed the plate for a 7-1 win.
The girls now face undefeated Southeast, from Warner Robbins, Ga., at 6:30 p.m. today in the World Series semifinal.