The late-game magic Bloomingdale Little League had laid claim over the first four days at the Little League softball Southern Regional belonged to Simpsonville (S.C.) Little League on Tuesday.
Simpsonville scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to advance to the Little League World Series with a 3-1 win at Arnold P. White Stadium.
"Like I told the girls, when the Little League dream comes to an end, it comes to a screeching halt," Bloomingdale manager Jerry Schinella said. "I think the girls played hard and gave it their all. I think the difference in the game was both teams got opportunities, and they came up with key hits."
Those key hits were provided by the top of Simpsonville's lineup. Leadoff hitter Emma Swearingen went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Breeze Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Davis drove in Swearingen for what proved to be the winning hit in the fifth with a double.
The win was in part redemption for Simpsonville, which had lost in the final of the Southern Regional last year, and returned a year later with the goal of getting one more win.