Michigan girls beat New Jersey in LLSWS championship

Updated: August 17, 2006, 12:11 AM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Emily McCarty had two RBI singles as Mattawan, Mich. beat Pequannock, N.J. 6-2 to win the Little League Softball World Series championship on Wednesday night.

Lauren Gevaart added an RBI double for Mattawan, the first team from the Midwest to win the title since 1985 and the first team from Michigan to ever win the championship.

Mattawan won all 23 games it played this summer. At the World Series, Mattawan outscored its six opponents 27-2.

Mattawan scored three times in the first inning to take the lead for good. Alyssa McBride, Kiaya Anthony and Allie Lochart all had bunt hits in the inning and Lauren Gevaart had an RBI double. Pequannock cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the second, but Mattawan answered with three more runs in the bottom of the inning to break it open.

Loren Nagy pitched a complete game for Mattawan, allowing one earned run on seven hits.

Kayla Lombardo had a single and a double for Pequannock, the only team to score against Mattawan in the World Series.


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