J. Peltier wins battle of Minor unbeatens
HOUGHTON – A showdown of undefeated teams in the Portage Lake Little League’s Minor (age 9-10) division came down to the last play Monday as J. Peltier Construction scored twice in the bottom of the sixth for a 4-3 walk-off win over Auto Pro Glass and Tire.
Shawn Ruotsala drew a one-out walk, Dylan Horning reached on an infield hit and both moved up on a wild pitch, creating a space for Auto Pro to intentionally walk Davin Hill to set up a force play. Dylan Primeau’s comebacker to the pitcher led to a forceout at home. Horning scored on a wild pitch to the next batter and Hill jumped the throw back to the pitcher to score the winning run.
Ethan Jarvela’s two-RBI single put Auto Pro in a 3-2 lead in the fifth.
For JPC, Dylan Horning, Jonah Horning and Hill had their three hits. Hill was the winning pitcher in relief, going the last 1 2/3 innings.
For Auto Pro, Jarvela had a pair of hits and allowed two runs in four innings, striking out five in his start. Nolan Sturos and Cody Sebbas had Auto Pro’s other hits.
Thrivent Financial rolled to an 18-8 win over Superior Service with the help of an eight-run fifth innings. Every player in the lineup had at least one hit.
Thomas Bump and William Romano combined on pitching duties. Each had five strikeouts. Christian Hocking recorded three putouts at first base and had a three-run homer.
Chassell VFW doubled up Calumet Elks 6-3, scoring the three winning runs in the sixth.
VFW had 14 hits. Blake Moyle pounded his way to three hits, a single, a double and a triple, while Matt Rowe, Sully Maki, Jiseung Choi and Ted Halonen had a pair of hits apiece.
Eli Oldt went four innings on the mound with six strikeouts, while Choi was the winning pitcher in relief.
For the Elks, Colin Cowell and Tyler Melvig doubled and Nate Hiller added a hit. Quinn Donnelly went 3 2/3 in his start, striking out six.
In Junior baseball, Sayen’s Auto downed U.P. Auto Mall 6-1.
Alan Jurmu threw five innings of one-hit ball, striking out 12, before Jaden Janke finished it off, allowing two hits in two innings and fanning five.
Bryce Turner’s two-RBI?double got Sayen’s started in the first. Tyler Cleary added an RBI?double in the fourth and Sayen’s tacked on three more runs in the third.
Chris Woods’ groundout scored Ethan Kangas for U.P. Auto Mall’s lone run.