KIRKLAND, Wash. - The Central region champions from Escanaba Little League ran into a buzz saw Monday at Kirkland's Everest Park, falling 5-0 to the Southeast champs from Honaker, Va. and falling to 0-1 in Pool A play after the opeining game of the Junior League World Series
The loss snapped a 16-game win streak by the Escanaba All-Stars.
Two pitchers combined on the complete-game shutout for Honaker, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out eight Escanaba hitters.
"Their pitching was solid, but our bats weren't there," Escanaba head coach Jamie Segorski said. "I think we will be alright. The lights were a little bright in that first game."
Starting pitcher Kathleen Ross kept her team in the game for the first three innings before the Honaker bats came alive with four hits and two runs in the fourth to take a lead it would not surrender. Ross struck out two while allowing four runs, three earned on eight hits.
Samantha Connor had the only hit of the game for Escanaba while Mackenzie Leisner reached on a walk.
A day off will give Escanaba a chance to regroup before it faces the Canadian team, which is also 0-1, Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. PDT. Along with Honaker, the hosts from Kirkland won their opener and are also 1-0 in Pool A.