The Egg Harbor Township Tornadoes got off to a 2-0 start in pool play Saturday at the Babe Ruth 12-and-under Softball World Series in Alachua, Fla.

EHT beat Independence, Kan., 18-4 in five innings before beating Winter Park, Fla., 3-2.

"It feels great to start a World Series 2-0 in pool play," Tornadoes coach Rob Warker said. "We're on top of the world."

Several big bats propelled EHT in the first game. The Tornadoes scored 13 runs in the fifth inning to end the game early.

Outfielder Cristine McElhenney had five hits and five RBIs, while first baseman Ella Glenn had four hits and six RBIs.

The Tornadoes got solid pitching efforts from Megan Warker and Tori Szrom.

Warker struck out five in three innings against Independence.

Szrom pitched a complete game against Winter Park. She helped herself by knocking in the winning run. Warker, Alyssa Martini and Rachel Roesch played stellar defense for EHT in that game, Rob Warker said.

Egg Harbor Township has two games today in the final day of pool play. The original times were adjusted due to severe thunderstorms in the weather forecast.

The Tornadoes play Litchfield, N.H., at 10 a.m. and Ovieta, Fla., at 6 p.m. Ovieta is the reigning 12-and-under champion.

"We've just got to keep it going," coach Warker said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to go on to bracket play on Monday."

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