Team earns trip to Softball World Series


The Zionsville Little League Girl’s 12 and younger softball team has earned a berth in the Little League Softball World Series, marking the first time a Zionsville Little League baseball or softball team has advanced to the series, ZLL officials said.

The team secured its spot in the series with a 4-3 win against Ohio Canfield in the July 29 Central Region semifinals in Whitestown. Zionsville then lost to Missouri-Daniel Boone 6-0 in the final later in the day.

The World Series begins Aug. 11 in Greenville, N.C.

ZLL Information Officer Bernie Paul said the team’s success is “a huge accomplishment for our league.”

“We have been developing our program the last few years so that we would have all-star teams that were capable of getting to the Little League World Series,” Paul said. “We are quite happy to see some of that work has come to fruition.”

Zionsville will play five days of pool play starting Aug. 11. The team’s first game is at 4 p.m. against Rowan Little League from North Carolina. All pool play games will be aired on ESPN+.

Jeramiah Westerfield, the team’s head coach, said the girls had a preseason objective of being state champions.

“That was our goal, to win state,” Westerfield said. “The rest of this has been icing on the cake, so to speak. The girls have really come together in the last month-and-a-half.”