The West Cumberland softball team was eliminated Thursday from the Junior League World Series after a 12-11 loss to Iloilo, Phillippines, in the quarterfinals.

The team of 12- to 14-year olds from Bridgeton was the top seed in the quarterfinals after going 4-0 in pool play in the series.

But the team got off to a slow start, giving up six runs in the first two innings.

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Alyssa Woddington was 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, but took the loss on the mound.

Cumberland scored three runs in the third after a triple by Woddington to close the gap to 6-5. But Iloilo came back in the fourth inning to score four more runs.

Jaclyn Lesher and Woddington both scored in the fifth, making the score 10-7, but West Cumberland game up two more runs in the sixth.

Cumberland scored three runs in the sixth and another in bottom of the seventh, but fell just short of the comeback.

ā€œIā€™m proud that we got here, and we went 4-0 in the pool. It seemed nearly impossible ... that was quite a ride,ā€ Woodruff said in a phone interview.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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