Little League softball team accused of tanking loses one-game playoff

Central Iowa Little League president Chris Chadd may not have gotten the South Snohomish (Wash.) Little League softball team disqualified from the Little League Softball World Series with his accusations of tanking, but he got the next-best, if not better, thing.Chadd accused Washington coaches of throwing their Monday game to create a three-way tie in Pool B that left Iowa on the outside looking in for a spot in the semifinals. He asked for the Washington team to be disqualified, but instead got Little League International to schedule a one-game playoff between the two teams for a spot in the semifinals — a playoff Central Iowa won 3-2. MORE: Must-see photos from 2014 Little League World Series | Little League World Series 2015: Dates, schedulePool B Play In Game final: West 2, Central 3. Central (Iowa) plays 4pm PDT on ESPN2.— LL Softball WS (@LLsoftball) August 18, 2015After the team from Central Iowa beat Canada on Monday to finish 3-1 in pool play, the girls from Snohomish, Wash., were no-hit and lost 8-0 to North Carolina to match Iowa’s 3-1 record and create a three-way tie at 3-1 among themselves, Iowa and North Carolina for two spots in the semifinals. And because Central Iowa’s only loss in pool play came against Washington, Iowa lost the tie-breaker and was left out of the semifinals. Chadd said the Washington coaches sat th

eir starters and ordered every batter to bunt."The Little League International Tournament Committee recently received credible reports that some teams did not play with the effort and spirit appropriate for any Little League game," Little League International said in a statement Tuesday morning announcing the playoff.Central Iowa now advances to the semifinals later Tuesday in Portland, Ore.UPDATE: Jeff Taylor, president of the South Snohomish league, said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement (which the Des Moines Register obtained) that the "most troubling aspect" of Monday's game was "that it diminished the accomplishments of our fantastic softball team.""Our coach was faced with a decision that, in the bubble of intense competition, appeared to him to be in the best interest of our team. In hindsight, it is very likely he would have made a different choice," Taylor wrote. "Though the decision that coach (Fred) Miller made did not violate the letter of the rules, I can see abundant evidence that it was not in line with the spirit of the game."