It’s a big summer for Hampton Little League as they are double Canadian champions having won the national majors softball title with a 2-1 defeat over host Layritz on Sunday.
It was a big win for Hampton, who fell 6-1 to Layritz in their round robin meeting of the Canadian Championship at Layritz on Thursday. The playoff tournament also featured Alberta teams Ponoka and Calgary.
Hampton is now headed to the annual majors (aged 10-12) Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., this week while Hampton’s senior Little League team (aged 13-16) is returning with a solid result from the Little League World Series in Delaware.
World Series senior semifinalists
Hampton’s senior team advanced to the semifinal game and fell to the eventual world champions, host Delaware, 6-3 on Saturday.
Hampton opened the World Series with a 3-0 win over Waco (Texas) last Monday and a 13-2 win over Burbank, Calif. on Tuesday. They then dropped a match before defeating a team from Rotterdam/The Hague (the Europe-Africa champs) 14-0 on Friday. Host Delaware proved too strong for Canada in the semifinal, however.
Hampton’s Payton Henderson and Alex Buckham each had two hits in the semifinal.
Florence, S.C., edged Canada 9-7 in the consolation final. Mackenzie Wildy went 4-for-4 in the consolation with three runs batted in.
Hampton secured the trip to the senior softball World Series by winning the senior Canadian Championship in Elnora, Alta., the week previous.