PORTLAND, Ore. — For Lake Air Little League, the wins just keep coming.
In what is becoming the norm, Lake Air softball tossed another shutout and smacked 14 hits on their way to a 9-0 win over Asia-Pacific, pushing their record to 3-0 in Pool B play at the Little League World Series. Only undefeated Central, out of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, remains before the championship rounds Monday.
The girls face Central at 5 p.m. local time Sunday.
As is becoming the norm, Lake Air busted out of the gates on a mission. Serena Guardiola singled home Asharah Thibodeaux and Dominique Rodriguez singled her home to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first.
After Daniella Ramirez hurled a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the second, the Lake Air bats plated a few more on a two-RBI single by Guardiola.
But it was the next inning that saw Lake Air pull away for good.
After an Asia-Pacific error and a single by Ulissa Rivas, Makayla Ramos doubled in a run to push the lead to 5-0. Lake Air added two more on a hard single by Aziyah Flores and finished off the four-run inning on a Thibodeaux single.
Lake Air scored their final run in the fourth on a Daniella Ramirez single.
Lost in the flurry of hits was the domination in the circle by Ramirez. Allowing just three hits in six innings, Ramirez never allowed Asia-Pacific a chance to catch up. Ramirez is now 3-0 in the World Series.
Thibodeaux had three hits on the night. Guardiola led Lake Air with three RBIs and Aziyah Flores plated two.
Ramirez threw 45 of her 65 pitches for strikes, continuing her dominance in big games.