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Record-Courier staff report
In day two of pool play at the Little League Softball World Series, the Tallmadge youth softball team exercised more dominance.
After rolling to a 10-1 victory on Thursday, the Central Regional champions returned on Friday and rolled again, this time winning 9-1 over Europe/Africa.
Tallmadge scored in every inning except the third, including a five-run outburst in the fifth inning that blew the game completely open.
Tallmadge, which are the Ohio state champions as well, opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first, followed by another run in the second for a 3-0 lead.
Pitcher Hallie Mullett was working well inside the pitching circle to keep Europe/Africa scoreless.
Mullett would go on to strike out eight in a complete-game effort that yielded only four hits. The only run she allowed came in the top of the fourth inning that cut into Tallmadge's lead 3-1.
Tallmadge, however, responded with a single run of its own in the bottom half of the fourth inning before the five-run offensive explosion in the fifth all but ended it.
For the game, Tallmadge totaled 10 hits and did not commit a defensive error. On the other side, Europe/Africa had four errors.
Leading Tallmadge at the plate was Lauren Tecca and Mullett, who both had a pair of hits. Tecca added three RBI to her big day.
The win makes Tallmadge 2-0 in pool play and their next game will be on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Southeast.