Loading Zone II edges Royale in Major opener

LAKE LINDEN – Loading Zone II eked out a 2-1 win over Royale, Inc., in Keweenaw Little League Major (age 11-12) Little League play Wednesday night.

Loading Zone pushed a run across in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead, and though Royale put the tying run on third base with one out, Loading Zone struck out the last two batters for the save.

Connor Baccus and Carter Crouch combined on pitching duties for the winners, with Baccus throwing four innings of one-hit ball. Crouch had six strikeouts in his two innings.

Brent Loukus (four innings, nine strikeouts, one run on three hits) and Brandon Antilla (one inning, two strikeouts, one run on one hit) pitched for Royale.

In Senior (16-18) division girls’ softball, Lakes Dairyland took care of Calumet, jumping ahead 7-0 after two innings and finishing with the 13-2 victory in five innings.

Taylor Shepeard and Erin Gast went 4-for-4, while Kyleigh Audette, Sarah Audette, Abby Sutherland and Morgan Lassila all recorded two hits.

Sutherland, Morgan Peters and Sarah Audette combined to hold Calumet to three hits.