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.
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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.