ANDALUSIA, Ala. -- With two wins Saturday, the Othello 12U Stars completed pool play in Andalusia, Ala., with a 5-0 record.
As the No. 1 team in the National Division, Othello will receive a first-round bye in the double-elimination bracket. The Stars will play at 3:30 p.m. today against tournament host Andalusia or the American Division's second-place team.
In their first game Saturday, the Stars survived a scare, beating Fern Creek, Ky., 2-1.
Fern Creek got on the board in the top of the first inning and led 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when Othello fought back with two outs.
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Hadassi Valdez singled to break up a no-hit bid by Fern Creek starting pitcher Jennifer Leonhardt. Kristen Quigley followed with a single on a 2-1 count. Valdez scored on a throwing error, and Quigley reached third.
Mariah DeLeon came up to bat and took a ball. The next pitch was wild, and Quigley ran home for the winning run.
Othello opened strong in its final pool-play game, a 3-0 win against Andalusia. Diamond Franco, Valdez and Quigley singled to load the bases in the top of the first, and a three-base error by Andalusia's first baseman gave the Stars all the runs they would need.
Fern Creek, Ky. 100 000 -- 1 2 1
Othello Stars 000 002 -- 2 2 1
2 outs when winning run scored. Jennifer Leonhardt and Kristen Smith; Diamond Franco, Kristen Quigley (4) and Mariah DeLeon.
Othello Stars 300 000 -- 3 4 0
Andalusia, Ala. 000 000 -- 0 3 1
Franco, Quigley (4) and DeLeon; Katlynn Schively and Hope Ladson.