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Rockford Majors Team Tops Marysville

By Jeannie Gregory, 07/21/18, 3:45PM EDT

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By Jeannie Gregory

ST. CLAIR – Rockford’s Andrew Landis certainly put an exclamation point on his team’s victory against Marysville in the Little League Michigan State tournament, Saturday, July 21. Andrew revved back and blew one over the fence in left field for a solo homerun to move the game’s score to 4-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Rockford was able to hold off the Marysville offense for the most part, allowing only one more run and claiming the game by a 4-2 score.

The Rockford All-Stars made a statement early on the diamond, plating three runs in the top of the first with aggressive base running, and it was their first batter, who was, you guessed it – Andrew Landis, who started the game with a triple. Michael Skarda also added a single, and walks by Quinn Bentley and Payton Skarda filled the base paths with Rockford players and Rockford scored three runs. The homerun by Andrew Landis added the final run to Rockford’s score to earn the victory.

Rockford was 5-for-21 at the plate with Andrew Landis going 2-for-3 with a triple, homerun and an RBI. Quinn Bentley, Michael Skarda and Gabe Stouffer each recorded a hit, and Bentley, Payton Skarda and Haiden Noakes all contributed walks to the Rockford offensive cause. Earning the win on the mound for Rockford was Jackson Wyble, who went six innings and giving up one run on no hits and five walks, while striking out seven. Drake Irwin came on in relief, throwing one inning and giving up one run on one hit and no walks, while striking out one.

The team is now 1-1 in Pool Play and plays again Sunday, July 22, at noon against South Portage, who are also 1-1 in the tournament.