Prior to the first pitch in tonight's final pool play game, the West team from Gilroy, California, appeared confident and ready to play. Sitting at 2-1 in the Pool Play, they needed the win to earn a spot in Tuesday's semi-final games. The Central team was 1-2 in the pool, so they needed to win and by a comfortable margin, in order to move on.
An overflowing crowd enjoyed a beautiful evening at Alpenrose Stadium. The Central girls, from Gladstone LL, Michigan, posted five runs in the top of the first inning and the West never recovered. After scoring one run in their half of the inning, Gilroy was held scoreless and the celebration was on! "Wake 'em up," the Michigan fans were yelling into their cell phones as they spread the news that their girls were going to be on TV!
So, the Final Four of the 2007 Little League Softball World Series is set:
Southwest (1st in Pool A) versus Central (2nd in Pool B)
4pm, televised live on ESPN2
South (1st in Pool B) versus East (2nd in Pool A)
6:30pm, televised live on ESPN2
The winners will face off on Wednesday at 6:30pm in the championship airing live on ESPN2.