Greater Helotes almost made it look too easy on the way to the Little League Softball World Series championship game. They outscored their opponents 60-6 before facing the Southeast Region team from North Carolina.
But they were playing the defending champs, who had also been dominant in the tournament.
The tension didn't last long, though. In the 3rd inning, Helotes broke a scoreless tie by putting up five runs, taking advantage of North Carolina's mistakes and giving themselves all the runs they needed to bring home their first title.
Annika Litterio stayed her typical, dominant self at the plate, allowing just one run in six innings of work. Unlike her other performances in this tournament, though, she was put in tough positions late in the game as North Carolina tried to rally. But she got out of a few jams and got two strikeouts in the final inning to help put the championship away.
Madison McKay was the only player with more than one hit in the game as she finished 2-3 with an RBI, which came in that 3rd inning when she made it 3-0.
The scoring got started thanks to Jada Munoz slapping a single to right and bringing in Avery Rangel, who led off the inning with a walk.
Jackie "The Legend" Kirkpatrick kept the scoring going after the bases were loaded. She impressively fouled off four straight pitches before hitting an RBI single.
After McKay's RBI, Alana "Wild Thing" Wimberly hit a two-RBI single up the middle to make it 5-0.
North Carolina scored in the top of the 5th inning and had the bases loaded with nobody out when it was 5-1, but Helotes got out of the jam and the opposition never threatened again.
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