District 4 Champs fall 9-1 in Little League Softball World Series opener
by: JAIME VALDEZ, SHE’S OUT — Cedar Mill's Cara Cason tags out Elgin’s Alyssa Wilkins during her team’s 9-1 loss in the Little League Softball World Series last Thursday.

PORTLAND - It didn't take long for the Cedar Mill all-stars to taste the level of competition they would be facing at the Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose Stadium last Thursday.

Elgin Little League, the Southwest champs, batted around the order in the bottom of the second inning, scored five runs on four hits and went on to win 9-1 over Cedar Mill.

'We just weren't used to' Elgin pitcher Sara Johnson's speed, said Cedar Mill catcher Cara Cason. 'It was a lot different.'

Things didn't get much better for Cedar Mill in the third inning either. Elgin scored four more runs for a daunting 9-0 lead.

'They are a great hitting team,' said Cedar Mill manager Bob Ryder. 'The umpire wouldn't give us the corners so we had to put the ball over the middle of the plate and they hit it.'

Cedar Mill came back to score its lone run in the top of the fourth when Kim Ryder walked, stole second and scored on a Jessie Moore double. But that would be the extent of Cedar Mill's offense against Johnson - she went the distance, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out 10.

Moore, who pitched for Cedar Mill, gave up nine runs on 11 hits while fanning two, also undone by four costly errors, three of which came during Elgin's big third inning.

Besides Moore's RBI double, Ryder got the only other Cedar Mill hit of the game - a one-out single in the sixth.

'They didn't stay down,' Bob Ryder said of his squad. 'They weren't going to walk away being shut out - they weren't going to be happy about that. They fought back and scored a run and put some runners on, even though they were struggling against this good pitcher.'

- Miles Vance contributed to this story.

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