Robbinsville takes home Little League Softball Championship
The Robbinsville 11-and-12-year-old all stars beat Bossier City, Louisiana 4-1 to capture the Little League Softball World Championship in Portland, Oregon.
A bases-loaded walk by Olivia Moser in the first inning and steady pitching from MacKenzie Medder were the keys to victory for Robbinsville, which was undefeated during their championship run.
The team ran onto the field in celebration following the final out at Alphenrose Stadium, which was packed with green-shirted proud parents.
The girls ran to the pitchers mound to exchange hugs and tears of joy as player Shea Walsh ran into the arms of her dad and team manager, Mark Walsh.
“I was nervous at first,” Medders told ESPN 2's Holly Rowe after the game. “I knew this was the last time I was going to pitch in Little League and because we didn’t win last year.”
She and Shea, the team's catcher, both thanked fans in Robbinsville for their support. Moser said it was "amazing" that her team was bringing home Robbinsville Little League's first championship.
Mark Walsh called the experience "fun" for the girls and said the team worked hard to win the championship. He and the coaching staff preached "pitching, catching and defense" in the off-season.
Before the game, Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried said the township is "extremely proud of this team" and praised their representation of the Mercer County community in their fourth trip to the World Series in eight years.
"They say it takes a village to raise a kid … and we have a great village.’’
Fried also wins a wager with Bossier City mayor Lorenz Walker and will soon be receiving a delivery of traditional Mardi Gras treat New Orleans-style King Cakes.
Governor Chris Christie (R) congratulated the team in a tweet. Last night, "Robbinsville won the Little League Softball World Series. Amazing job girls! Congratulations to all! You make NJ proud." Kudos also came from Senator Tom Kean. "Great job, Robbinsville! Congratulations on being crowned the champions of @LLsoftball World Series last night!," tweeted the Republican.
The team will be welcomed back to Robbinsville at 5:15 p.m. at the Municipal Complex on Route 130.
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