Tallmadge has given up only two runs in its first two games

Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: DAVID BALL - Autumn Malicoat of Tallmadge survives a rundown by racing safely to third base during the teams 9-1 win over the Czech Republic on Friday.

Little League Softball World Series
Pool A game

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Tallmadge, OH
Czech Republic

Tallmadge was one of two teams to reach the 2-0 mark at the Little League Softball World Series on Friday after knocking off the Prague all-stars this afternoon at Alpenrose Dairy.

The Czech squad brought the tying run to the plate three times in the middle innings, but Tallmadge answered the call each time.

The biggest moment came with Tallmadge, the Central Region champ out of Ohio, clinging to a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. Prague drew a walk to keep its comeback moving, but got a bit greedy on an overthrow in the infield. Anna Frohlichova broke away from third base, but Tallmadge shortstop Lauren Tecca scooped the ball out of the dirt and alertly threw home where catcher Jordyn Severns applied to tag to end the inning.

“I saw the overthrow and got to the ball quickly. I thought I had an easy shot home, so I took it,” Tecca said. “It was still early, but I wasn’t surprised. Anytime you have a close game you want to get runs in.”

Tallmadge pitcher Hallie Mullett was unhittable early in the game, retiring the first seven batters she faced. She finished with eight strikeouts and retired the side in order three times.

The Ohio all-stars held a 4-1 lead late in the game before breaking it open with a wild fifth inning that saw it push five more runs across.

Kenna Loveless and Mullett sparked the rally with back-to-back RBI-singles.

Moments later, Severns put a bunt in play and chaos broke out. Tallmadge runners were scrambled all over the base paths, but Prague was indecisive with the ball eventually making a late throw to first base. That opened the door for lead-runner Loveless to slide home under the tag.

“Twelve-year old softball is what happened today,” Tallmadge manager Nick Dadich said. “We have such good athletes that they can get by with that, and at times they forget the chess part of the game.”

Bickar reached base in all four of her plate appearances and scored twice.

Tallmadge improved to 2-0 in pool play, heading into an off day before returning to action at 8 p.m. Sunday against Columbus, GA.

The team grabbed lunch immediately after Friday’s win and headed off for a day trip to nearby Multnomah Falls.

“We’re trying to enjoy a little bit of everything and make this a good experience. It’s not just about what happens on the softball field,” Dadich said. “If you would have told me we would only give up two runs two days into the tournament I’d take it, but I think our best play is still to come.”

Robbinsville, NJ, the third-place team from a year ago, is 2-0 in the other pool after picking up a forfeit win over Iloilo — the qualifier from the Philippines, which has not yet arrived at the tournament.

Round robin play continues Saturday with Bossier City, La., taking on Chico, Calif., at 10 a.m. The winner of that one will join the ranks of the 2-0 teams.

Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: DAVID BALL - Tallmadge manager Nick Dadich helps lead-off hitter Jordyn Severns off the field after a collision at home plate. She would return to the game later.

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