Parrish, Florida — Martinez -Evans Little League (MELL) won’t be returning to Maine this summer.
Representing the state of Georgia, MELL traveled to Florida in hopes of defending its 2013 Senior League Southeast Regional softball title. After advancing through pool play and defeating Tennessee, 7-5, in the semifinals MELL would go no further.
After jumping out to a 4-0 first-inning against Virginia in Wednesday’s region final, Mell was outscored 16-4 the rest of the way, losing 16-6.
Virginia will now represent the Southeast at the 2014 Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine beginning Sunday, Aug. 10.
The game started going south for MELL in the late innings as Virginia scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie it, scored four in the sixth to take a 8-4 lead then finished it off with eight-run outburst in the seventh.
“That last inning was not a reflection of who we are,” said MELL manager Charlie May.
Trailing 8-4 in the bottom of the sixth, Chris Woodward and Brandon Van Arsdale singled and Elyssa Melton walked to load the bases. Tyler Avret singled home Woodward and Van Arsdale to make it 8-6. Jose Nogueras walked to fill the sacks once more, but MELL was unable to take further advantage.
“That was a big thing for us to have the bases loaded and score just two runs,” said May, who thought if they tied or gone ahead that would have shifted the pressure to Virginia.
With Thomas Murphy out with a separated shoulder that happened in pool play, MELL was thin in pitching and May thought that was Virginia’s strong suit.
“Congrats to them, they’re a great ball club with great pitching,” May said. “It was a good run for us and I’m proud of them.”