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Local Little League teams fall short downstate

July 23, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

KALAMAZOO - The Portage Lake Major and Keweenaw 9-10 teams fell short at the Little League State Tournament over the weekend.

For the Majors, Portage Lake lost its opening-round game against Tecumseh 6-3 Saturday before dropping Sunday's game to Cheboygan.

Saturday, PL took a 2-1 first-inning lead when Pat Cortright hit a 300-foot home run to center field, bringing home Dawson Kero, who led off with a single.

Tecumseh took the lead with three third-inning runs and added another in both the fourth and fifth innings.

PL's Carter Nettell scored on a Buzz Rajala groundout to shortstop in the sixth inning, but it was too little too late for Portage Lake.

Statistics from Sunday's game were unavailable as of press time.

PL will now play in a consolation game at noon today against Taylor Northwest.

While the Majors will miss out on a shot at reaching Williamsport for the Little League World Series, at least one player will return with hardware.

Cortright won the District 11 home run derby Saturday night, hitting 13 home runs in the competition, formatted like the Major League Baseball derby.

The Keweenaw 9-10 team that lost 11-6 Friday night also took one on the chin Saturday in a 14-3 loss to Essexville Hampton, and a 13-9 loss to Caledonia Purple.

With a winless record in pool play, Keweenaw did not advance to the championship round, which starts today.

Drake Schmitz, Taylor Gardner and Cole Gregory tallied the only hits for Keweenaw in Saturday's game against Essexville. Stats were unavailable for Sunday's game against Caledonia.



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