Ellen Yang had an RBI single to kick off a four-run first inning and Rowan County beat Rhode Island 4-2 Wednesday night in the championship game of the Little League Softball World Series.
Kali Morton of Mooresville allowed two runs on four hits over six innings for the Salisbury-based team, representing the Southeast in the annual event. She struck out three.
Yang hit an opposite-field single during the top of the first, igniting the three-run inning. Morton added an RBI double for the first team from North Carolina to make it to the softball World Series.
Dyonna Rodas hit an RBI single in the third for Warwick North, representing the East. Hailey Mackinnon added a run-scoring grounder in the fourth to cut it to 4-2.
The team from Salisbury lost only once during the round-robin pool play and moved into Wednesday night’s final with an 8-0 victory Tuesday over Seguin, Texas.
NC Gov. Pat McCrory was among those congratulating the team Wednesday.