HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — A little league All-Star team from West Michigan is competing on the world stage tonight at the 2022 Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, WA.
First, the team played through some heated competition at the state level, eventually defeating Clare 8-0 to win the State Championship.
Next, the team prepared for the regional tournament which would pit them against teams from all over the Midwest. The team, now representing all of Michigan, defeated Ohio in the opening game of the tournament, but lost in the second round to Indiana, knocking them into the loser's bracket.
Team Michigan fought out of the loser's bracket, defeating Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa without allowing a single run to be scored against them.
In the finals of the central region tournament, the team faced off against Indiana again, crushing them with a score of 12-1.
The team was now on to the JLS World Series in Washington.
A total of ten teams from all over the world were invited, including six American teams, a Canadian team, a Filipino team, a team from the Czech Republic and a team from Curacao.
The West Michigan team of All-Stars played four games in the group stage of the World Series, only losing a single close game to a team from South Carolina 6-5.
The team emerged from the group stage and played Connecticut on Thursday night. The Connecticut team went 2-2 in the group stage, losing to teams from Nevada and Texas.
Michigan continued its impressive stretch a 3-2 walk-off win thanks to a base hit by Kaylin Reifschneider in the 10th inning.
The Georgetown Township little league team will face a team from Nevada in the Semi-Final on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Championship Game of the World Series is set for Saturday at 5 p.m.
All remaining games can be watched on ESPN+ and the Championship Game will be on ESPN 2.
The team shared a fundraiser page on GoFundMe to help pay for expenses from the trip to Washington.
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