Tunkhannock rebounded in a big way Saturday morning at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, a day after suffering its first loss.
Kaya Hannon struck out eight and the offense clicked as Tunkhannock defeated US West champion Kirkland, Washington, 12-2 in its final pool play game.
Tunkhannock finished 3-1 in Pool A and is off Sunday when pool play wraps up. It will play again on Monday in the elimination round against an opponent and at time to be determined.
A day earlier, Tunkhannock lost 1-0 to the US Southeast champion from Gray, Tennessee. But on Saturday, it pounded out 16 hits and jumped out quickly.
Tunkhannock used an error and four consecutive singles to score three runs in the top of the first.
Ella McNeff led off the game and reached on an error. She moved to second on Elaina Kulsicavage’s groundout. Then came four singles in a row.
Hannon plated McNeff when she dropped her hit into right. Paige Marabell then grounded a single to left and Cali Wisnosky followed with another single to score Hannon and move Marabell to third. The fourth single came via a video review.
Syndey Huff lined the ball to right to score Marabell, but was called out when Washington right fielder Emily Neilson threw to first. Tunkhannock challenged the call, and Huff was called safe when a replay showed she beat the throw.
Tunkhannock made it 5-0 in the second. Hannah James singled with one out and scored when McNeff sliced a triple just inside the left-field foul line. A perfectly placed safety-squeeze bunt by Julianna Roote scored McNeff.
Three more runs came across the plate in the fourth to bump the lead to 8-0. McNeff walked with one out and moved to third when Kulsicavage doubled to right-center field. Hannon then hit a high chopper to short for an infield single, scoring McNeff. An out later, Wisnosky added a two-run double into the left-center gap to make it 8-0.
Tunkhannock finished off its scoring with four runs in the sixth. Consecutive one-out singles by Kulsicavage, Hannon, Marabell, Wisnosky and Huff brought in two runs. Erin Van Ness and Emily Patton worked bases-loaded walks for the other two.
Hannon allowed two hits through five innings before Washington banged out four more hits in the sixth to score twice. Kya Aldrich had an RBI double with two outs and the next batter, Hailey Story, followed with an RBI single. After another hit, Hannon got a groundout to end the game.