KIRKLAND, Wash. – The Garden City girls have already made history, and they keep adding to it.
The U14 squad got out to a great start on its way to its first win at the Junior Little League World Series. The West Region champs beat the Europe/Africa champs from Nethlerlands 9-1, thanks to a seven-run first inning.
Garden City added a couple more runs in the third to push the lead to 9-0. Netherlands only run came in the bottom of the third. Shelby Dunwell pitched a complete game, giving up only four hits and striking out six batters. Dunwell also led the offense with three RBI.
The girls from Montana are now 1-1 in pool play, after dropping their opener 14-1 against Rhode Island on Sunday.
Garden City meets the Southwest region champs from Texas at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Missoula then wraps up pool play against the Latin American champs from Puerto Rico at noon on Wednesday. The knock-out round starts in Kirkland on Thursday.
The Garden City club became the first Montana team to ever advance to the U14 Junior World Series by dominating the West Regional tournament in Tucson, Arizona last week, out-scoring four opponents 53-3.