Taylor North made a big hit with an 8-0 win over Florida (Palm City) on Friday afternoon in the first round of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Taylor’s next opponent is Texas (Abilene), who defeated Washington (Sammamish) 6-0 on Friday night and drew a lot of attention due to team member Ella Bruning.
With a single leader in Friday’s second inning, Bruning became the eighth girl in LLWS history to record a hit. Overall, she’s only the twentieth girl to ever play in the World Series and is the only woman to compete this year in Williamsport. Against Washington, she finished 2-on-2 with an RBI, a stolen base and a marked career and served as the team’s catcher.
Taylor will watch Bruning and the Texas squad on Sunday at 1 p.m., and the game will air on ESPN.
With a win on Sunday, Taylor would continue to play on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m., against Hawaii or Nebraska in what will be a semifinal in parentheses and a quarterfinal in the World Series.
With a loss on Sunday, Taylor would play Monday at 1pm against Connecticut or New Jersey, as the LLWS is a double-elimination tournament.
Taylor advanced to the World Series as regional champion of the Great Lakes and Texas earned his place with a second place finish in the regional southwest.
It is also worth noting that the regional runner-up from Great Lakes, Ohio (Hamilton), won their first round of LLWS on Thursday, beating Tennessee 1-0.
This year’s world series will end with the championship match on Sunday, August 29, with the parenthesis finals (LLWS semifinals) scheduled for the previous day.