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Minors All-Stars Claim District 9

By Jeannie Gregory, 07/20/18, 3:30PM EDT

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By Jeannie Gregory

WYOMING – Even though there were threats of severe storms for Saturday, July 21, the Rockford Minors (10U) All-Star team was able to get its game in against Georgetown for the District 9 Little League Championship in the morning. Rockford claimed the victory by a 6-4 score - with plenty of excitement for their fans.

Rockford made their own kind of thunder with their bats, making a move in the third inning with no outs. Plenty of team members contributed at the plate to claim a 5-0 lead to close out the inning. Georgetown answered in the top of fourth inning, with three runs of their own to make it a 2-run deficit by moving the score to 5-3. The inning didn’t seem to rattle Rockford pitcher Eli Johnson, however, as he slammed the door on the Georgetown scoring with a strikeout.

Rockford showed they weren’t about to be intimidated at the plate with Ramm smashing a double, and a VanderTuig single that moved Ramm to third. That was as far as Rockford could get, however, and Georgetown came up to bat in the top of the fifth, pushing a run across with a single and a double to move the score to 5-4. A fielder’s choice moved the Georgetown runner to third, with a big threat to tie the game with only one out. Rockford stayed calm and Abro caught a screamer to get the second out, and an outfield catch by VanderTuig shut Georgetown down.

The bottom of the fifth found Rockford’s Mason Plain knocking a single, and advancing to second on an error, and to third and home on passed balls to plate a run for Rockford and move the score to 6-4. Quinn Geshel took the mound in relief for Rockford in the top of the sixth, causing a fly out, a ground out, and closed the game with an impressive strike out.

A huge congratulations goes to all the players and coaches for a great run for the District 9 title. The team will now play in Bay City for the Little League State Title.