In a shaky start, the Tunkhannock Little League softball team fell behind fast.
It came back even quicker.
Paige Marabell ripped a bases-loaded, two-run single in the fourth inning Tuesday and Tunkhannock reached the softball World Series final by rallying past Lake Oswego, Oregon, 6-4 in a national semifinal game.
Tunkhannock will face Wheelersburg, Ohio at 10 p.m. Wednesday for the Little League World Series softball title.
Sydney Huff went 3-for-3 and scored Tunkhannock’s first run, then made a couple outstanding plays at first base.
Lake Oswego took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of some early Tunkhannock jitters.
Two wild pitches and an error contributed to the outburst and Shelby Anne Moore and Brooke Leach delivered RBI singles to put Tunkhannock in a hole.
But winning pitcher Kaya Hannon settled down after the rough opening. She allowed just four hits and one more run over the final five innings and finished with five strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Tunkhannock’s offense went to work.
Huff punched a single to right field and later scored on a single by Hannah James in the top of the second inning, then Caroline McNeff followed with a two-run double that tied the game, 3-3.
Hannon’s two-out single off the glove of the third baseman filled the bases after a pair of walks in the top of the fourth inning, and Marabell followed by drilling a single to left field that scored James and Elaina Kulsicavage.
Lake Oswego pulled within a run in the bottom of the fourth with a bunt hit, two stolen bases and an RBI single.
But Tunkhannock gained some breathing room by scoring the game’s final run in the sixth, when Kulsicavage was safe on an infield hit after a replay reversal. She moved to second base on a wild pitch, then rode home on Hannon’s solid single to center field.
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