North Carolina beats Rhode Island 4-2 for softball title

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Ellen Yang had an RBI single to kick off a four-run first inning and Rowan, North Carolina, beat Warwick North, Rhode Island, 4-2 on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Little League Softball World Series.

Kali Morton allowed two runs on four hits over six innings for the Rowan team, representing the Southeast in the annual event. She struck out three.

Yang hit an opposite-field single in the top of the first, leading to three runs. Morton added an RBI double for the first team from North Carolina to make it to the softball World Series.

Dyonna Rodas hit an RBI single in the third for Warwick North, representing the East. Hailey Mackinnon added a run-scoring grounder in the fourth to cut it to 4-2.

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