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NHP's bid for Little League softball World Series title ends

PORTLAND, ORE. -- 8/9/2012 -- The New Hyde

PORTLAND, ORE. -- 8/9/2012 -- The New Hyde Park Little League All Star Team (representing New York State and the tourney's East Region) is the first team from Long Island to compete in the Little League Softball World Series since Islip in 1993. East defeats Asia Pacific, 11-4. Pitcher Jenny Hickey (#9) winds up in the first inning. Credit: Sol Neelman

New Hyde Park's bid to become the first New York team to win the Little League Softball World Series has ended.

NHP committed five errors in the fifth inning, leading to three runs -- two unearned -- in a 6-1 loss to Hawaii Monday night in Portland, Ore.

New Hyde Park fell to 2-2 in pool play and will compete in the fifth-place game Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

"It was a spectacular run,'' New Hyde Park coach Tom Donnelly said. "They played great all summer. We weren't as good the last two games, but we played great competition. We have so much to be proud of. Whether we finish fifth or sixth in the world, it's pretty big.''

New Hyde Park totaled 30 runs in the first three games, but couldn't take advantage of Hawaii's four errors as it left nine runners on base in six innings. The errors in the fifth turned a one-run game into a 5-1 deficit.

Hawaii took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Keelie Pak's run-scoring single and made it 2-0 in the second on consecutive doubles by Breisha Wagner and Dallas Pollard-Brownell.

Hannah Arkin's single drove in Melissa Ward in the third to make it 2-1, but NHP left the bases loaded.

New Hyde Park won the East Regional championship July 27 and became the first Long Island team to qualify for the World Series since an Islip team did in 1993. The team is composed of the top 11- and 12-year-old players from the New Hyde Park Little League.--

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