Hot start for Loading Zone

HOUGHTON – Loading Zone II continued a fast start to the season with an 11-1 Keweenaw Little League win over Lassila Insurance Wednesday.

Cole Gregorie went 3-for-4 with a double to lead Loading Zone’s offense, which busted the game open with eight runs in the top of the sixth.

Carter Crouch went five innings, allowing a run on two hits. He struck out 12 and walked four.

J. Peltier Construction pitchers Isaiah Little and Taylor Gardner combined on a four-inning no-hitter in their team’s Portage Lake Little League win over Chassell VFW.

Little also had a double and a triple in the 11-1 decision, which stayed tight through three innings before the winners put up eight in the fourth to shorten the game.

In Major softball, Douglass Agency Insurance netted its first win of the season, 16-4, over Pat’s Foods.

Marisa Nordstrom earned the complete-game win with six strikeouts, while Lilly Turner had a team-best three hits. Kady Fontaine added a single and a double.

Aspirus Keweenaw defeated Keweenaw Automation 8-1 in Minor play. Madisyn Holombo struck out seven batters in six innings and both Kalli Chynoweth and Isabelle Cleary had pairs of hits.