The District 4 champs are back and ready to make their mark at the Little League Softball World Series

PORTLAND - They're baaaccckkk.

The Cedar Mill Little Majors softball all-stars are back for their second straight trip to the World Series and determined to better the team's 2-3 mark from 2005.

Cedar Mill, the District 4 champion, opens play at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) against the Southwest representative, Elgin Little League of Elgin Texas.

'They know what they can accomplish,' said Cedar Mill manager Bob Ryder. 'They realize they have the opportunity again.'

After that, Cedar Mill continues in pool play action with games against: Latin America's Soraida Juliana Little League of Curacao at 8 p.m. Friday; East's Pequan-nock Little League of New Jersey at 2:30 p.m. Sunday; and Canada's Layritz Little League of Victoria, B.C., at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

If Cedar Mill finishes among the top two teams in its five-team pool, it will play in the tournament semifinals at either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. Tuesday. The championship - as well as the other placing games - are set for Wednesday, the tournament finale at 6:30 p.m.

And Ryder said his girls are ready to go.

'They're hitting too well and they're able to adjust too well' not to succeed, he said. 'Once the pitching gets to where it should be, there's going to be some surprises.'

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