The Warwick North Junior League softball all-star team’s run ended on Friday in the semifinals of the World Series, nearly erasing an early six-run deficit in a 6-4 loss to eventual World Champion Ohio.
Warwick North clinched a semifinal berth with a commanding, 11-1 victory over the Philippines in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Olivia Murray helped to pace the offense once again in the team’s fifth straight victory in Washington, compiling three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. Emily Tow also chipped in with a pair of hits and three runs scored, while Emily Carter led a trio of Warwick North pitchers with three innings pitched and two strikeouts.
That victory advanced the local squad to the semifinal round on Sunday, where it met Poland, Ohio, the No. 2 seed out of Pool A. The Central representative capitalized on early opportunities to put Warwick North on its heels right out of the gate, scoring five runs over the first two innings of play. Ohio tacked on one more run in the top of the fourth to make it 6-0, before Warwick North got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Down to its last at-bats in the bottom of the seventh and facing a five-run deficit, Warwick North rallied with three runs, coming up just short in a 6-4 defeat.
Murray had another strong game against Ohio, going 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks, two RBIs and a run scored. Maddy D’Amato and Dyonna Rodas also had two hits apiece, and Alyssa Richard chipped in with one hit and one RBI. Sierra Ricci did a bulk of the work in the circle, keeping Warwick North in the game with 6 2/3 innings pitching, holding Ohio to just two earned runs.
Ohio went on to play the host team from Kirkland in the championship game and cruised to a 7-1 victory to earn the crown.