A Little League softball team was accused of throwing a game during the Little League Softball World Series, reports The Des Moines Register.
South Snohomish Little League of Snohomish, Wash. was previously unbeaten before losing 8–0 on a no-hitter to a team from North Carolina.
Chris Chadd, president of Central Iowa Little League, told The Des Moines Register he thinks Snohomish lost the game on purpose to avoid a rematch with Iowa. Washington had previously beaten Iowa, 4–3.
“It's clear to everyone that they basically threw the game,” Chadd said.
Chadd accused the Snohomish coaches of benching their starters and ordering every batter to bunt to ensure a loss.
“It's not the girls' fault,” Chadd said. “It's the coaches... They should be disqualified.”
Iowa filed a complaint following Washington's loss to North Carolina. Little League Softball World Series officials did not overturn North Carolina's win, so Iowa appealed to Little League International.
Little League International determined that Iowa and Washington will play in a one-game playoff on Tuesday at noon ET, with the winner advancing to the semifinals.
The Little League Softball World Series championship game will be held on Wednesday.
- Erin Flynn