by: DAN BROOD - HAPPY TIMES -- Tualatin City's Lindsay Stadick (10) gets a hug from Camille Hall following the team's 7-1 win over Italy Saturday at the Little League Softball World Series. Stadick had two hits, including a triple, in the victory.PORTLAND — Maybe it was the strong pitching.

Maybe it was the solid defense.

Maybe it was the timely, potent hitting attack.

Maybe it was the lucky blue shorts.

Or, maybe it was all of the above.

But, no matter what it was, it resulted in a World Series victory for the Tualatin City Little League Majors (ages 11-12) all-star softball team — and the Tualatin City girls were pretty darn happy about.

The Tualatin City squad, which also includes girls from Newberg Little League, picked up its first World Series win by powering its way to a 7-1 victory over Lombardia Little League, from Milano, Italy, in a pool play game played Saturday at Alpenrose Stadium.

“This was pretty important for us,” said Tualatin City first baseman Lindsay Stadick, who had two hits, including a triple, in the win. “I'm really happy right now. And I'm impressed with how well our team did.”

“This was really exciting,” Tualatin City third baseman Noelle Sawyer said. “We were on a losing streak.”

by: DAN BROOD - SMALL BALL -- Tualatin City's Camille Hall puts down the first of her two bunt singles during the team's 7-1 win over Italy Saturday at the Little League Softball World Series.The Italy team, representing the Europe-Africa region in the World Series, moved to 0-3 in pool play competition with the setback. Tualatin City, the Oregon District 4 representative, improved to 1-2 with the victory.

“This was important,” Tualatin City shortstop Camille Hall said. “I think our team lost some confidence after we lost the first two.”

“It was good,” Tualatin City manager Joey Hall said. “It was fun for the girls. I wanted to get them to relax and have fun out there.”

In the win, Tualatin City got a strong complete-game pitching performance from Lily Marshall. The TC squad also played errorless ball on defense and pounded out 10 hits on offense.

Tualatin City may have had another thing going for it — Joey Hall's blue shorts. His lucky blue shorts, to be exact.

“There was so much pressure on us — Joey had his lucky streak with his shorts,” Stadick said with a smile.

“I had to come up with something,” Joey Hall said. “I coached a ton of basketball games with these shorts, and I told the girls I hadn't lose when I wore these. They didn't want to ruin the tradition. That was all I heard about in the dugout.”

The inspired Tualatin City team got off to a strong start to the contest, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

Ella Hillier got things going for TC with a one-out single to left field. Camille Hall followed with a bunt single, with Hillier moving all the way to third base on an Italy throwing error on the play. Hillier then scored the game's first run on a groundout by Maddie DeVerna. Hall then scored on an infield single by Stadick to give Tualatin City an early 2-0 lead.

Italy scored a run in the bottom of the frame to cut the margin to 2-1, but that's as close as the European team would get.

TC answered back with two runs in the top of the second. Samantha Teran ignited the inning with a leadoff bunt single. She then stole second base and moved to third on passed ball. Then, after Sawyer drew a walk, Teran scored on a front end of a double steal to up the lead to 3-1.

by: DAN BROOD - BIG PLAY -- Tualatin City catcher Ella Hillier (right) holds up the ball after tagging out Italy's Chiara Marazzi in a rundown during Saturday's game at the Little League Softball World Series.Sawyer then stole third base and she scored on a wild pitch — and she sported a big smile on her face after sliding safely to the plate to make the score 4-1

“I was happy with my base-running,” she said.

Tualatin City held onto its three-run advantage until the fifth inning, when it was able to add onto its lead.

Hall, following her second bunt single of the game, scored on a double by DeVerna to up the margin to 5-1. Stadick followed with a sky-high, opposite-field triple to right, driving in DeVerna to make the score 6-1.

“I wasn't expecting it,” Stadick said. “I just swung the bat.”

“She was supposed to it it the other way,” Joey Hall said with a smile.

“It worked out OK,” Stadick responded with a laugh. “It felt pretty good. I wasn't even tired.”

Tualatin City got its final run in the sixth inning. Sawyer laced a one-out single to right field. She then stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an infield single by Marshall to cap off the 7-1 victory.

by: DAN BROOD - WORLD SERIES SMILE -- Tualatin City's Noelle Sawyer flashes a big smile after sliding safely to home plate in the second inning of the team's 7-1 World Series win over Italy.“We'll all be in a better mood now,” Camille Hall said. “Today, we were all focused and we were up on the fence all game, just like we were in the district championship. And I think we'll get a lot of our confidence back.”

“For us, in every game, it's all about attitude and effort,” Stadick said.

Marshall, in getting the pitching victory, gave up one run on two hits while striking out eight and walking three.

Marshall also went 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI and a stolen base. Hall went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Stadick went 2 for 3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI. Sawyer had one hit to go with three stolen bases and two runs scored. Ella Hillier, Teran and DeVerna added one hit apiece.

For Italy, Chiara Marazzi and Stefania Colombo had one hit apiece.

Tualatin City will finish its pool play portion of the World Series on Sunday when it faces ASOFEM Little League of Maunabo, Puerto Rico, the Latin American champion, at 10 a.m.

For a complete story and more photos from this game, as well as from Tualatin City's other World Series games, see the Aug. 15 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.

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