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10U All-Stars Claim Pool in State Tourney

By Jeannie Gregory, 07/30/18, 2:30PM EDT


~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory

BAY CITY – The Rockford 10U All-Star team had a bit of a scare a few times in their final pool game in the Little League State Tournament, July 30, against Tecumseh, but drew together and claimed a 9-6 victory. The win earned Rockford a 3-0 record in pool play, and a #1 Seed in bracket play.

Rockford kicked the game off with a bang, plating five runs in the top of the first inning, stringing a few timely hits together, and also showing plenty of patience at the plate by earning walks to earn valuable baserunners. Tecumseh answered with one run in the bottom of the inning, but Rockford got it back in the top of the second to move the score to 6-2. 

Rockford looked like a sure winner in the top of the fourth, scoring another three runs moving the score to 9-2 while suffocating the Tecumseh bats. But, the bottom of the sixth tested the Rockford players’ mettle, as Tecumseh came to the plate. Rockford tallied two outs, but there were two baserunners when the Indians started their onslaught of offense. With two on and the score 9-6, Rockford pitcher Chase Pitsch kept his cool and caused a grounder to come back to him, and took care of business tossing it to first for the final out of the game, successfully ending the threat by Tecumseh.

The team was 12-for-30 and used the talents of three pitchers to claim the win. Carter VanderTuig, Cole Mason, and Chase handled the duties from the mound for the team. They gave up six runs on just seven hits and eight walks, while striking out five. Carter VanderTuig led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Eli Johsnon was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Quinn Geshel, Drew Ramm, Breckton Meeuwsen, Manny Abro, Daniel Toole, Chase, and Cole, each tallied a hit to round out Rockford’s offense.

Rockford now will begin the bracket portion of the tournament, which is single elimination. They play Petoskey tomorrow, July 31, at 4 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.