On Wednesday night, Eastdale Little League's softball team will be playing in the World Series championship game.
All of the girls on the team are in middle school here in Albuquerque, and they've done a fantastic job representing our town so far. They started pool play with a no-hitter against the team from the Philippines, and continued that streak in their second game, against Hawaii.
After giving up three hits, which became three runs, to New York, our Albuquerque girls once again triumphed in their third game, 9-3.
In their last game of pool play, Eastdale demolished Canada, 16-0, winning in four innings due to a mercy rule. Canada made an incredible 13 errors in the short four innings, but also had very little to play for, as they hadn't won a single game previously and would not be moving on to the next round, regardless of the result.
Finally, on Tuesday night, Eastdale accomplished a goal that's been the focus of many of the newspaper pieces to run about them in the last few days. It was a goal they set two years ago: to appear on national TV at the World Series.
In a game that was broadcast nationally on ESPN2, the Eastdale softball team exploded offensively in the first inning. Up to bat first, the girls scored eleven runs and seized control of the game. When their offensive prowess was finally caged, their defense stepped up to continue their mastery. Pitcher Shannon Stein has pitched 11 innings without conceding a run. She pitched the first two on Tuesday night, and was pulled after that point, in a wise coaching move that should pay off tonight. When Eastdale finally managed to score again, it provided a little wiggle room, heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, up 12-0. The Central team did manage one run in that fourth inning, but Eastdale closed things up with their strong team defense, ending the game due to the afore-mentioned mercy rule, up 12-1 at the end of the fourth.
Tonight, the Eastdale softball team will play the Southeast team, from Windermere, Florida, in the championship game. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, and airs at 8 PM, MST.