LOWER SUSSEX, Delaware — The no-hitter has fallen by the wayside, but District 9 dominance keeps rolling.
District 9 pitchers Christi McGuire and Nicole Mucha combined for a hit in a 12-0 win over Eastern champion Camden, Delaware to wrap up pool play at the Senior League Softball World Series Thursday. District 9 improved to a perfect 4-0 record at the event and advances to Friday’s quarter-finals as the top seed in its pool.
It was yet another crushing performance for the Central Texas Stars, who beat their World Series opponents, 38-6.
McGuire opened with five hitless innings to set the tone in the circle. She struck out six and didn’t walk, and Delaware’s only base runner in that span reached via an error in the fourth. Delaware finally ended the no-hitter bid in the bottom of the seventh, when Alyssa Kennard started the inning with a double reliever from District 9 Nicole Mucha. But Mucha quickly recovered to nail the final three outs, courtesy of a strikeout and a pair of flyouts.
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Obviously, with this level of throwing, District 9 didn’t need a ton of offense. Nonetheless, the team’s big boppers still provided it. They threw 14 hits and got production up and down the batting order. For example, nine-hole hitter Lauren Harris led the way with a 3-on-4 performance, scoring two runs and leading in two.
Lead off batter Ky-Li Alonzo also put on a terrific display at the plate, hitting a triple, homer and driving in four runs. Kaidence Quinn went 2 for 4 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. McGuire helped his own cause by going 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
Despite all of its struggles to generate an offense against McGuire, Delaware trailed just 4-0 in five innings. But District 9 widened the gap with a four-run sixth and a four-run seventh, highlighted by Quinn’s two-run scorer in the sixth and Alonzo’s two-run shot in the final inning.
If District 9 advances to Friday’s quarterfinals, the semifinals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. central time on Saturday. The championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Sunday and will be televised on ESPN2.
The Waco area has won the Senior League World Series twice in the past, in 2002 and 2019.