A historic season for the U13 St. Albert Angels came to an end on Thursday evening as the team ended up on the losing end of a 4-0 ballgame against New England.
The Angels' loss eliminated the team from the ongoing Little League Softball World Series in Greenville, North Carolina.
The Angels failed to score a run in their two World Series games as they were the victims of two complete game shutouts by opposing pitchers. On Thursday, New England's pitcher Maddy Bonanno collected six Angels strikeouts against while allowing four hits and two walks across the six-inning game.
Shaky defence had the Angels off to a rough start against New England. The Angels registered six errors throughout the game.
New England put up the game's first two runs in the first inning before cruising to victory.
The Angels did threaten to score during the top of the sixth as they started the inning with back-to-back singles by Jacey Johnson and Tatum Lecavalier, but Bonanno got three quick outs afterwards to end the game.
Lecavalier registered two hits in the game, her tournament total to three. Lecavalier registered half of the team's tournament hits while also picking up two walks in the first game against Asia-Pacific.
Ella Stranaghan was back on the mound for the Angels against New England after pitching all five innings against Asia-Pacific on Tuesday night. Stranaghan racked up six strikeouts against New England and allowed four hits and two walks over five innings of play.
The St. Albert Angels are the first team from Alberta to play in the Little League Softball World Series in more than 20 years.
The tournament will continue throughout the weekend, and the gold and bronze medal games will take place on Monday, Aug, 15.
Including the Angels, who are representing Canada in the tournament, three of the four international teams have been eliminated before the quarter finals. The team representing Europe-Africa was eliminated Thursday morning after a crushing 12-0 defeat at the hands of Central U.S.A, and Latin America's team was eliminated on Thursday afternoon after an 8-0 loss to the host region team from North Carolina.
Asia-Pacific is the only international team left standing as they'll hope to beat four straight American teams to win the trophy.