ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - For the second time in four years, Rowan County’s Little League softball team will reign as world champs after defeating Louisiana in the World Series.
Rowan got off to an early lead and never looked back, winning 4-1 at Alpenrose Stadium in Portland, Oregon.
Lauren Vanderpool hit the first pitch for a single, stole 2nd, then scored on a Riley Haggis double to right centerfield. Rowan added two more runs in the first for the early 3-0 lead.
Kennedi Fisher scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning to put Rowan up 4-0.
Campbell Schaen got the win on the mound for Rowan, striking out 9 batters and earning her 5th win in the series.
A big homecoming has already been planned for Thursday night. The Salisbury Fire Department and Salisbury Police will escort the Rowan Little League team through town to the West End Plaza.
Organizers are encouraging community members to gather at The Square in downtown Salisbury, or the West End Plaza at approximately 8:45 p.m. to welcome the girls home.
“Seeing that one of my best friends went and won the World Series with her team, like, it’s not impossible," said Lucy Barr, a friend of two of the players.
“It was really exciting and the players are really fun to watch and it’s cool that they’re our age," added Maggie Antosek.
Ashley Yang and Kennedi Fisher have classmates and friends at Salisbury Academy…and many of them were up late last night.
“Yes, very very very tired because I woke up at 7am this morning," Barr said.
They say it was worth it to see the excitement on their friends faces.
“Yes, it’s very cool, it’s fun to see friends and people you know on TV," said Ava Morris.
“My dad told me that they had won and I was really excited for them and I know they are excited too," said friend Mollie Sullivan, “and I can’t wait to see them soon.”