By Jeannie Gregory
ST CLAIR – The Rockford Majors All-Stars showed incredible talent at the plate and in the field - and saw impressive pitching from the mound - to claim their third pool game in decisive fashion. Rockford topped opponent South Portage 14-1 in a mercy-shortened four-inning rout to claim second in Pool D in the Little League State Tournament.
Rockford’s Gabe Stouffer pitched a gem, going 3.2 innings and giving up only one run on two hits and no walks, while fanning six. Stouffer showed plenty of control – even fashioning a three-strikeout second inning to slam the door on the South Portage offense, and their hopes to be in contention for the game. Connor Courtney came in for the final out of the game, earning a strikeout on only three pitches.
The Rockford players were hot at the plate and the runs were plentiful, in both the second and third innings, plating five runs in each of the stanzas to give themselves a 10-1 lead. The team set up the mercy in the top of the fourth, plating another three runs in an inning that featured a two-RBI screaming homerun to right off the bat of Michael Skarda.
As a team, Rockford was 12-for-25 at the plate. Michael Skarda was 3-for-4 with a homerun and a double, tallying three runs and six RBI. Andrew Landis carried on from yesterday with another huge game going 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBI. Johnny Rohen-Blanton was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Also adding to the Rockford offense with a hit were Payton Skarda, Jackson Wyble, Haiden Noakes, and Gavin Engelsman.
The Rockford Majors All-Stars will now play in the quarterfinals of the Little League State Tournament at noon, Monday July 23, against the first place team in Pool C. The tournament takes place in St. Clair, Mich.
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