Salisbury, N.C., defeated Warwick, R.I., 4-2 to win the 2015 Little League Softball World Series on Wednesday night.
The team representing Rowan Little League and the Southeast Region scored all of its runs in the first inning. Third baseman Ellen Yang hit an RBI single and pitcher Kali Morton added an RBI double later in the inning.
Morton allowed just two runs on four hits in her complete-game performance.
Dyonna Rodas and Hailey Mackinnon recorded RBIs for the East Region champions representing Warwick North Little League.
North Carolina went 3-1 in pool play and is the first team from the state to win the title.
Earlier this week, the amateur tournament became embroiled in controversy, as Snohomish, Wash., was accused of intentionally losing a game to North Carolina in order to avoid playing Slater, Iowa later in the tournament.
In a one-game playoff created by tournament organizers to settle the controversy, Iowa defeated Washington 3-2 to advance to the semifinals.
Iowa subsequently lost to North Carolina 5-4 that night in the semifinals and was eliminated from the tournament.
- Kayla Lombardo