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Indians claim World Series title
Five wins in five games on final day cap championship push
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The Savannah Indians are, front row, left to right: Mallory Ferguson(Guyton, South Effingham Middle School), Hannah Arrington (Guyton, SEMS), Reagan Deal (Guyton, SEMS), Katie Kussow (Rincon, SEMS) and Tori Pippin (Rincon, Ebenezer Middle School); middle row: Cayla Mahany (Savannah), Hannah Schurman (Guyton, SEMS) and Amy Jameson (Rincon, SEMS); back row: Mariah Freeman (Guyton, SEMS), Sami Wilson (Guyton, SEMS), Jessica Hartzog (Rincon, EMS), Cate Anderson (Guyton, SEMS), Jordan Smith (Pooler, West Chatham Middle School) and Taylor Smith (Pooler, Savannah Christian). - photo by Photo provided

The 12-and-under Savannah Indians fastpitch softball team won the WFC World Series held in Savannah last weekend.

The Indians, playing five games in one day, had to beat the Ohio Heath Crush twice in the championship round. The Indians won the first game 7-5, after trailing 3-2 in the fifth inning.

Tori Pippin led off the top of the sixth with a single and moved up on Mariah Freeman’s sacrifice bunt. Reagan Deal’s bunt advanced Pippin to third and Mallory Ferguson followed with a run-scoring double to center field.

Cate Anderson’s triple to left scored Ferguson to put the Indians ahead. Katie Kussow then singled to bring home Anderson for a 5-3 lead.

Pippin led off the seventh with a walk and Freeman followed with a single. After Deal loaded the bases, Ferguson delivered a two-run double to left for a 7-3 lead.

In the second game, the Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings, but Ohio tied the score 6-6 in the fifth.

Cayla Mahany led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and stole second base. Freeman drove in Mahany with a single for a 7-6 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Anderson doubled to center field and took third on a passed ball. Jess Hartzog’s sacrifice fly to right scored Anderson for an 8-6 lead, and Amy Jameson made an over-the-head catch in left field to preserve the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Hartzog pitched all five games and Ferguson was the catcher for all five games.

The Indians won their first bracket play game, beating the Ohio Liberty 8-0 but lost to the Jacksonville Streamline 3-2 to get knocked into the loser’s bracket on the first day.

The Indians rebounded to beat the Georgia Stingrays 7-1 to open day 2 and then beat the Rincon Angels 5-0. The Indians then got revenge on the Jacksonville Streamline, beating them 7-3 to advance to the championship game.