Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
August 2, 2014 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Host Hampton Allstars took one step closer to a trip to softball Little League World series with a 15-1 win over Windsor, Ontario in game one of the Canadian Championships.
Hampton Allstars had no problem with their bats, putting 8 runs on the board in he first inning alone – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Allstars took advantage of some problematic pitching on the Windsor side that allowed Hampton to cross home plate for an 8-0 lead in the first inning. Hampton’s pitcher Kasha Ross would be solid in the pitching ring, throwing strikes with consistency that Windsor would have trouble keeping up with. The visiting Windsor team, unable to recover from that early push from the home side would give up an additional 6 runs in the top of the second inning capped by a 3 run triple by Saleen Burnett to all but put the game out of reach. Windsor, denying Hampton the shut out, would find a way to score a run late, but would fall in a 15-1 Hampton Allstar victory.
Kasha Ross of the Allstars was a force to be dealt with on the mound, keeping the Windsor team to only one run – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Saleen Burnett got behind all of this pitch to hit a triple and get 3 RBI’s to boot – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The two team, best of five series will decide Canada’s Champion to compete in the World Series to be held in Portland, Oregon. The Hampton Allstars are no strangers to the caliber of competition they possibly face. The team boasts 5 returning Canadian Champion players from last year’s World Series.
Team Windsor had a hard time keeping up with the pitches of Allstar chucker Ross – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Hampton Allstar catcher has her eyes locked on a Kasha Ross pitch – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In addition to the 5 USA teams already qualified for the World Series, teams from Prague – Czech Republic, Maunabo-Puerto Rico, and Lloilo – Philippines will also be vying to be called the best in the world.
A Hampton player couldn’t be happier with the games outcome – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Game action continues Sunday afternoon at Hampton Park.