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Majors All-Stars Claim Quarter-Final Game

By Jeannie Gregory, 07/23/18, 3:15PM EDT

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ST CLAIR – The Majors All-Stars gave their fans plenty to cheer about and made another statement on the diamond, Monday, July 23, in the Little League State Tournament. Rockford was able to push nine runs across the plate, while holding Union Township to just four runs to claim their quarterfinal game.

Rockford was able to score first on two singles from Andrew Landis and Quinn Bentley, and aggressive base running that saw Andrew Landis score in the first inning. Union Township was able to tie it up in the bottom on a homerun, but Rockford’s pitcher Jordan Eck became stingy on hits after that and Rockford was able to plate two more runs in the top of the second off a dropped pitch third strike that found Jackson Wyble reaching first, a double by Gavin Engelsman, and walk by Eck and a wild pitch sending Jackson W home. A sacrifice by Jack Lockwood scored Engelsman for the second run of the inning and moved the score to 3-1. Eck had a 3-up and 3-down inning in the bottom of the stanza to shut down Union Township.

Rockford scored twice more in the top of the third to lead 5-1, and Union Township answered with one run in the bottom of the inning to move the score to 5-2. Rockford had a huge inning in the top of the fifth, stringing together four runs off of three consecutive singles off the bats of Michael Skarda, Jonny Rohen-Blanton, and Gabe Stouffer, a walk by Jordan Eck, and a double by Quinn Bentley. Rockford was able to hold Union Township to two runs, which were homeruns, in the final two innings to claim the 9-4 victory.

The team went 11-for-30 at the plate with Bentley leading the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Stouffer went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Rohen-Blanton went 2-for-4 with two runs. Andrew Landis, Michael Skarda, Engelsman, and Haiden Noakes each tallied a hit apiece to round out the Rockford offense. Eck earned the win on the mound, giving up four runs on just five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Drake Irwin came on in relief throwing two-thirds an inning giving up no hits or walks.

Rockford will play Ash Carleton, Tuesday July 24, at 11 a.m. in a semi-final game. Ash Carelton topped West Branch 10-5 in their quarter-final match up to earn the right to move on.