KIRKLAND, Wash. – One day after being 10-run ruled by Kirkland (Wash.), Garden City took out its frustration on Greater Helotes (Texas), finishing the Jr. Little League World Series with a 10-0 victory in five innings. The win improves Garden City’s record to 4-2 overall in the tournament, with two of the wins coming against Greater Helotes, the Southwest representative.
Just like in its first game against Greater Helotes, Garden City scored four first-inning runs to jump out on top. With a four-run cushion, Garden City pitcher Mackenzie Moore settled in on the mound, retiring the next three batters in order.
Moore’s teammates gave her even more run support after that, scoring four more times in the second, and twice again in the third. Shortstop Josie Caye and first basemen Morgan Holmes each went 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in one run and scoring twice. Caye and Holmes were the only players to have multiple hits in the win. However, Shelby Dunwell and Grace Hardy joined the pair with multiple runs, scoring twice themselves.
As hot as the bats were, the Garden City mitts deserve love, too. With runs on the board after the first inning, Moore and Garden City didn’t allow a Greater Helotes runner to reach third base, stranding five runners on the base paths. Moore tossed all five innings, striking out two batters and allowing just two hits in 62 pitches.