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Thursday, August 18, 2005
Virginia beats Connecticut to win title

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jamie Bell went 3-for-4 to lead McLean, Va., to a 6-2 win over Orange, Conn., in the title game of the Little League Softball World Series on Thursday.

Bell, the only holdover from the team that finished as the runner-up in last year's tournament, drove home two runs and scored another.

Jilly Falle, the coach's daughter, got the complete-game win, allowing two unearned runs on eight hits. She worked out a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting Cassie Slowik -- the tying run -- to ground out to second to end the game.

McLean took the lead for good in the second inning, when it used two hits and four Connecticut errors to score three runs.

Lorie Borelli took the loss for Connecticut, allowing three unearned runs in two innings. At the plate, she singled and doubled.

It was the Virginia team's first championship. McLean reached the finals last season, but fell to Midway of Waco, Texas, 18-5 in the title game.

Midway had won 11 of the last 13 championships before stumbling this season.