ROXANA, Del. -- Zootown manager Dennis Staves didn't mince words when asked how he felt after his All-Stars defeated Michigan 10-0 in the championship game of the Senior League Softball World Series on Saturday afternoon.
"Like the champions of the world, man," Staves said as his players celebrated behind him.
Zootown was clearly the class of the tournament. A year after falling in the title game, the All-Stars went 6-0 en route to the championship, outscoring their opponents 60-5 along the way.
"That's pretty sweet," said Macy Newbary, who tossed a one-hitter and smashed a three-run homer in the win over the team from Escanaba, Michigan.
Newbary was one out away from holding Michigan hitless when Jerrika McAlpine lined a clean single to left to break up the no-no. Newbary struck out nine over six innings -- the game ended via the 10-run margin rule -- and walked one. She needed just 80 pitches to get the job done.
It looked like the no-hitter might end earlier in the final inning when Claire McInerney sent a blooper into shallow center. But Natalie Schwab raced in to make a diving catch to preserve the no-hitter for at least a couple more batters.
"I swear, every time someone mentions a no-hitter it gets ruined," Newbary said.
Her three-run homer in the fourth inning doubled Zootown's lead to 6-0.
"She owned them today, there's no doubt," Staves said. "She was in the groove. It was a great job and the three-run home run didn't hurt anything."
Newbary said Michigan's catcher set up as if to give her an intentional walk, but the pitcher shook it off.
"Then I homered," Newbary said.
Zootown took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Jaime Schafer had an RBI single, Taylor Holmes brought home another run with a fielder's choice and Kendall Rauk doubled home the third run.
After Newbary's blast made it 6-0, Holmes hit her second homer in as many days, also a three-run job that made it 9-0.
"It was a little more exciting, a little more important," Holmes said of her homer in the title game.
Staves, the head coach at Missoula Big Sky, admires Holmes' power.
"Unfortunatelty, we have to face her during the high school season," Staves said of the Missoula Sentinel star.
Newbary hit a one-out single in the sixth, took second on a wild pitch and third on Joslynn Haran's ground out. Callie McKillop then singled home Newbary with the run the All-Stars needed to end the game early.
Staves said pitching and defense set his team apart from the other nine at the World Series.
"Then the hitting was the icing on the cake," he said. "We could have won most of those games if we had just scored one run. I'm a defense and pitching guy, that's what impresses me so much about this team."
After falling short last season, the All-Stars were thrilled to complete the job this time around.
"We're feeling pretty amazing," Holmes said. "We got the job done this year. That's what we worked so hard for. We're super stoked."
The team is scheduled to arrive back in Missoula at about noon on Sunday.
"I can't wait to get home, I'm sure there will be something when we get there," Newbary said.