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Lancaster softball team earns two Babe Ruth U16 World Series wins

Great North Woods of Lancaster reached the winners&#'; bracket finals of the Babe Ruth 16U Softball World Series Monday in Wilson County, N.C.

Earlier Monday in the first round of the eight-team double-elimination tournament, Lancaster erased a 6-1 deficit to defeat Henderson Vance, N.C., 7-6 in eight innings.

Lancaster advanced to beat Hamilton, N.J., 7-2, earning a berth last night to the winners&#'; bracket finals against defending national champion and host Wilson County, N.C.

A win against Wilson County would push Lancaster into the national finals today at 5 p.m., needing just one more win to capture the World Series title. A loss to Wilson County would drop Lancaster into the losers&#'; bracket, where Lancaster would have to win three games beginning at 2 p.m. today to claim the national title.

Great North Woods was down to its final out when it staged a dramatic comeback win against Henderson Vance.

Down 6-3 entering the home seventh, Lancaster loaded the bases with two outs on walks to Nadia Wasuta, Kalie Savage and Mary King. Another walk to Emily Brosseau closed the gap to 6-4, leaving the bases loaded for Emily Wood, who tied the game with a two-run, two-out bloop single to shallow center field.

In the eighth inning, Lancaster won the game when King was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Earlier in the inning, Becca Hicks was thrown at home trying to score from third on a sacrifice fly to center.

In the second game, winning pitcher Erika Millett pitched a complete game five-hitter. She fanned four and walked one.

Millett and Wasuta provided Lancaster with key RBI hits for a 2-0 third-inning lead. Hamilton tied the game in the fourth inning, but Lancaster responded with a three-run, fifth-inning rally.

Millett had another RBI hit, Savage drew a bases-loaded walk and Kaitlin Wood drove in the third run of the inning with a base hit. Great North Woods added insurance runs in the seventh inning as Wood (base hit) and Kayla Bosse (walk) each had an RBI. Hicks led Great North Woods with three hits in the game.

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