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East Region Champions Take First Title in Fourth Appearance
PORTLAND, Ore. - With an unstoppable blend of pitching from Mackenzie Medders, flawless defense, aggressive base running and timely hitting, East Region Champion Robbinsville claimed its first Little League Softball World Series title Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over Bossier City, Louisiana.
Medders did not walk a single hitter in registering her fifth victory of the World Series. Robbinsville, which defeated the Southwest champs 12-1 on Sunday, scored four first inning runs and that was the difference.
In the five games in which they batted in the first inning during the tournament, Robbinsville scored 16 first inning runs and outscored the competition at Alpenrose Stadium a staggering 47-4 overall.
It was Robbinsville's fourth trip to the World Series and first under winning manager Mark Walsh. They finished third in 2013, fifth in 2010 and were runner-up in 2008. Robbinsville finished the postseason a perfect 22-0.
“We are extremely proud of this team,'' Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried said. "They have represented our town like the champions they are, and for a small town such as ours to consistently develop good, talented kids with such big hearts is a testament to both the Robbinsville Little League and their parents. They say it takes a village to raise a kid … and we have a great village.’’
The RLL and the Township wish to thank the countless individuals, civic organizations and businesses that have donated their time, money and services to help the team in 2014. That list includes Amazon, Matrix Development Group, A1 Limousine, Sharbell Development Corp., PBA Local #344, Triangle Copy and the many participating businesses in the Foxmoor Plaza.
Members of the community and Township Council, Business Administrator Joy Tozzi & the Office of the Mayor, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo and a horde of media welcomed the World Champions home.