State tournament run ends for PL Major softball
BOYNE CITY – The Portage Lake Little League Major (age 11-12) softball team reached the end of its state tournament run but not before reaching the knockout phase of the 15-team tournament.
Portage Lake qualified for the quarterfinals by defeating Charlevoix 23-9 in its final pool play game but ran into a Freeland squad that won its first two games by a combined 46-2 and then eliminated PL 11-2.
Portage Lake was held to just a pair of hits by Freeland, which jumped out in front early.
No stats were available for PL at press time.
In the 23-9 win over Charlevoix, Madelyn Pierner paced Portage’s offense by reaching base four times with two hits, including an inside-the-park home run, and three runs scored. Ally Ronis also had a pair of hits and scored three times.
Delaney Heinonen was the winning pitcher, with eight strikeouts.
IRONWOOD – Keweenaw ran into a buzzsaw of a pitcher and of a team in Penokee Range and Madison Huotari Sunday.
Huotari struck out 12 and allowed no hits as the tournament host booked a spot in Tuesday’s championship game by winning 12-1 in five innings.
“Penokee Range is a solid ball club. They can hit and they fielded everything we hit at them. They had some strong pitching and we didn’t get enough runners on base to make something happen. But I’m really proud of the girls. They kept playing ball,” Keweenaw manager Judy Chizek said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood.
Keweenaw did draw a pair of walks.
Keweenaw will need to defeat Baraga County a second time today at 6 p.m. ET after winning the tournament’s opening game Saturday.
L’ANSE – Keweenaw remains in the winner’s bracket of the District 11 tournament after an 11-1 win over host Baraga County in five innings Sunday.
Joel LePage earned the win by pitching four perfect innings and racking up six strikeouts.
Mason Codere, Caleb Klein and Daylon Kytta all tripled. Codere added a double and both LePage and Tom Voelker singled twice.
Keweenaw has today off before playing Negaunee Tuesday for a spot in the championship game of the eight-team tournament.
Saturday, Keweenaw opened the tournament by dumping Ishpeming 15-3 in four innings.
Kytta, Codere, LePage and Jackson Rilei combined to strike out four and allow just two hits.
Rilei led the offense with a pair of singles, a double and a triple. LePage and Voelker kicked in two hits apiece.
Elsewhere on the bracket, Portage Lake split its games over the weekend, winning its opener 6-0 Saturday over Marquette but dropping a tight 5-4 decision to Negaunee to drop into an elimination game tonight at 7 against Ishpeming.
Portage Lake 2 dropped its Saturday game to Negaunee 13-3 and was eliminated by Marquette 23-11 Sunday.
No stats were available for either Portage Lake team.