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South Williamsport's Lily Reidy rips and RBI single to right during the first inning of South's 4-2 loss to Iowa Sunday night.

Having survived districts, sectionals, states, regionals, and the pool play round of the Little League Softball World Series, the South Williamsport girls today enter the final step: the elimination bracket. After nearly five months of softball, and two months of the pressure of tournament play, it all comes down to this: an eight-team, single elimination, three-day sprint to the podium.

By the way, they did play a game last night. A 7:00 p.m. start on the west coast, meant 10:00 p.m. back east, with much of the local faithful asleep. 

Lynna Clark had two hits, including a double, and an RBI; Alizabeth Shuler had two doubles and scored a run; and Lily Reidy singled, drove in a run and scored a run. Lacey Kriebel singled as well, to round out South's six hit attack. 

Clark also threw two scoreless innings of relief and fanned four Iowa batters in the process. South lost 4-2 in a game that mattered only towards seeding.

Today, however, the stakes are higher. Survive and advance, lose and go home. It's that simple. 

And it's on regular cable. ESPN 2, 1:00 eastern time.