Cedar National advances to bracket play at Little League Softball World Series


By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today

Cedar National head coach Aaron Wheelwright thought his team “wasn’t playing very well” in the opening games of the Little League Softball World Series.

With their tournament experience on the line, Cedar National put the offense and pitching together when it counted and will play in the elimination bracket for a shot at the crown.

Sidney Webster tripled and drove in four runs, and Cedar National scored in every inning on the way to an 8-1 victory over Victoria, British Columbia on Sunday to stay alive. Payton Lister allowed only four hits and needed just 87 pitches to earn the complete-game win, CN’s first of the tournament.

Webster also got the scoring started with an RBI single in the bottom of the first that drove in Michaela Whitehair for the early 1-0 lead. They would add single runs in each of the next three innings before doubling up on the fun with a four-run fifth – highlighted by Webster’s two-run triple – that secured the win and advanced them to a showdown with Waco, Texas.

In the battle for the No. 1 seed from Pool B earlier Sunday, Waco rallied with four runs in the top of the sixth and beat Floyds Knobs, Indiana, 6-4 to earn the Monday afternoon matchup with Cedar National. The game was played too late for press deadline.

In Cedar National’s earlier games from the Little League Softball World Series:

-Bear, Del., scored all its runs in the first two innings, but had to hold off a furious late rally before beating Cedar National 5-4 on Aug. 12. The Central Regional champion won despite committing eight errors.

Whitehair and Avery Vest had two hits apiece in the loss.

-The Europe-Africa Regional champ from Prague, Czech Republic, led 3-0 after three innings and held on for a 5-3 win over Cedar National on Aug. 11. Kamryn Allen’s two-run double got CN on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but Prague responded with two runs in the fifth and sealed the win.

-The tournament didn’t open on a high note for Cedar National on Aug. 9. The team gave up 10 runs to Salisbury, N.C., put a rally together that closed the gap, but the East Regional champ scored six in the fifth and sealed a 17-7 win in the tournament opener due to the run rule.

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