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Majors All-Stars Snatch Win Against Western

By Jeannie Gregory, 07/09/19, 11:00PM EDT

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Rockford overcomes early deficit to win

GRAND RAPIDS – The Rockford Majors All-Star team moved their record to 6-0 with a huge win against Western Little League in a game played, Tuesday, July 9. Rockford was actually trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when they claimed a 5-4 lead and impressive pitching by Blake Linsley and fielding by Quinn Bentley, Carter Zilmer and Reed Binney shut down the Western offense in the top of the sixth to earn the 5-4 victory in bracket play in the District 9 tourney. Rockford now waits as Western and Zeeland face off on Wednesday night. Rockford will play the winner in the District 9 Championship game to see who earns the right to play in the Little League State Tournament.

Western jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but that didn’t seem to faze this team, as they always show a solid front when they take the diamond. Rockford answered in the bottom of the second, with walks by Liam Fitzpatrick and Dawson Hunter to set the stage for a run. Hunter stole third and then Cam Meier smacked a line drive to right field and plated Hunter to tie the game 1-1. Rockford had a big inning in the bottom of the third to move ahead 2-1, with singles from Binney and Bentley. Jacob Soltys came up to the plate and hit a sacrifice to score Reed B.

Western answered in the top of the fourth and the fifth, plating three runs to own a 4-2 lead, but a scrappy Rockford team dug deep and answered. Singles by Jayce VandenHout and Binney had two players on and with one out Quinn B took the first pitch and went yard over the center field fence scoring Ty Blystone and Binney to move the score to 5-4.

The Rams played well together as a team, only having one miscue the entire game. They were 8-for-22 at the plate and cashed in on two walks. Bentley went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and Binney went 2-for-3. Linsley, Meier and VandenHout each tallied a hit, and Soltys notched an RBI. Hunter and Fitzpatrick each earned a free ride to put players on the base path. Blystone, Binney (2), Bentley, and Hunter all touched home for Rockford getting moved around the bases by their teammates.

Three players shared pitching duties with Quinn B going 4.1 innings and giving up two runs on two hits and three walks, while fanning 11. Blystone threw a 1/3 of an inning in relief and then Linsley finished up for Rockford, throwing a no-no.

Always playing as a team, it was another concerted effort to move the team forward in the District 9 tournament. Rockford will play again, Thursday, July 11, at East Rockford Middle School. They wait for the victor of the Western/Zeeland match-up, who each have one loss. The winner would have to beat Rockford twice on Thursday to claim the championship, as Rockford has yet to suffer a loss.


~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory


~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory


~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory


~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory