BRISTOL - The girls from Lower Sussex Little League in Delaware once again shined on Breen Field in Bristol on Sunday afternoon.
Delaware put together its second consecutive shutout win behind a complete game gem from starting pitcher Camryn Ehlers.
In six innings, Ehlers allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six, leading Delaware to a 6-0 victory over New York in the second game for each team in the Little League Softball Eastern Regional.
“It was a great pitching performance by Cam today,” Delaware coach Sarah Hoban said. “She’s been a rock star on the mound this whole tournament and we’re super proud of her.”
Through 11 innings in two games, Ehlers hasn’t allowed a run and has struck out 15 batters.
In the top of the fifth inning Ehlers got challenged. She gave up a pair of singles to Serena Amato and Julia Sorrentino to lead off the inning with Delaware ahead 3-0.
But Ehlers fought right back with a pair of strikeouts and then forced a fly out to escape the inning with no runs allowed.
“Every time a person gets hits on me, it gives me more adrenaline to keep going and push harder to make sure I can make up for it,” Ehlers said. “I know if I can just pitch strikes my team will be there to back me up.”
While Ehlers was strong on the mound, her offense backed her up, especially the middle of the order.
Laniya Lewis led the charge with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, her second multi-hit game in the tournament. Lewis also had a steal in the game.
“I’m hitting good now, but I’ve been struggling,” Lewis said. “I’m doing good and seeing the ball really well. I’m just so happy that I went 3-for-3, because I don’t usually do that.”
Kinsley Hall, Lily Hoban and Jaya Shaub also had big games offensively for Delaware.
Hall went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and drove in a run hitting out of the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
Hoban, the No. 3 hitter, also finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Shaub was the run producer for Delaware. She drove in three of the six runs Delaware scored, one a sacrifice fly in the third and the others on a two-run single in the fifth inning.
Ehlers and Bella Scurci added the other hits for Delaware. Destiny Mitchell drew a walk, stole a base and came in to score.
New York’s Julianna Martin had a strong day hitting. She went 2-for-3 at the plate, the only New York batter with multiple hits.
Amato, Sorrentino and Vanessa Cascio had the other hits for New York.
Adrianna LaBarbera drew a walk for New York.
Martin started on the mound for New York and pitched four innings, allowing four runs and striking out two. She showed strong command with just one walk.
In relief, Elizabeth Gass pitched one inning and allowed a pair of runs.
Delaware will take on Rhode Island tonight at 7 p.m. Rhode Island is fresh off a 17-0 victory against Vermont.
Regardless of the opponent, Delaware is looking to keep things rolling.
“We couldn’t be happier with the start,” Hoban said. “We’re just so blessed to have such a great group of girls, parents and community support. The girls are having a blast and that’s the goal here, just to come out and have fun and do our best and hopefully make it to Oregon [for the Little League Softball World Series].”