A group of local girls are making their community proud on the International Stage at the Senior League Softball World Series.
The Levittown United Little League 16 and under softball team is representing the East region in this international event held in Lower Sussex, Delaware. This turn around comes after falling just a game short of the World Series last summer.
Ten of the 15 rostered players on Head Coach Rick Palmer’s squad are returning from last year, and he feels the experience has definitely played to their advantage.
“Just the experience has helped mainly with the nerves factor,” Palmer said. “They’re not as nervous going into games at different stages. It’s made the transition from level to level much easier.”
Levittown United has had to navigate a 12-game regular season schedule in addition to sectional, state and regional level tournaments to reach this point. As the team plays in a tournament with some of the best youth softball teams in the world, Palmer spoke on how he feels his team stacks up.
“We have a power pitcher, which is going to keep us in every game we play,” Palmer said. “We score runs in bunches so if we’re off, we’re off. Monday there were a lot of nerves and we didn’t get going, but once we get going, we’re going to score three or four runs at a time.”
The team lost its opening game Monday night to the host team Delaware 4-1, however, they’ll go right back on the diamond Tuesday evening for game two against the team from the Asian-Pacific region. They are guaranteed at least 4-games in Delaware this week, with the possibility of additional knockout stage games this weekend.
Anyone can watch tonight’s game, as well as all of the games throughout the tournament, on ESPN Plus.
WBCB’s Dan Wilson contributed to this post.