BRISTOL - Rhode Island may have run out of offense Friday morning.
After getting 12 hits in a 9-3 win over Delaware in the morning game, Rhode Island moved on to face unbeaten Pennsylvania for the Little League Softball Eastern Regional championship game.
Pennsylvania’s Elaina Kulsicavage executed a squeeze play in the top of the seventh inning to score Ella McNeff as the Keystone State squad beat the Ocean Staters 2-1 to advance to the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.
Rhode Island only had two hits off Pennsylvania starting pitcher Kaya Hannon, who was the most dominant pitcher in the tournament - starting all four games for her team and allowing a total of five runs.
Erin Van Ness had two hits for Pennsylvania, while Paige Marabell, Alexis Gilroy and Hannah James also had hits.
Gabrielle Valletta and Ava Santo had the two hits for Rhode Island. Santo scored the team’s run.
In the morning game against Delaware, Samantha Healy, Gabrielle Jeffrey, Giselle Jeffrey, Sofia Marella, Valletta, Santo and Paige Cote all had hits. Healy, Giselle Jeffrey and Valletta each had a pair of RBI for Rhode Island.
Delaware had two hits from Destiny Mitchell, while Kinsley Hall, Laniya Lewis, Jaya Shaub, Camryn Ehlers, Olivia Hitchens and Aniyah Blake all had one hit.
Pennsylvania finished the tournament 4-0, while Rhode Island went 3-2 and Delaware was 4-2.