BESSEMER - Another early outburst pushed the Portage Lake Little League Major (age 11-12) softball all-stars into the championship round of the district tournament tonight.
PL scored six times in the first inning and rolled host Penokee Range 18-9 in an elimination game.
Three walks, an error and Becca Markham's two-run double accounted for the first four runs.
PL tacked on five more in the third behind hits from Jada Markham, Milly Hoskins and Andra Campbell.
Hoskins finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two walks and scored in all five trips. Becca Markham was the winning pitcher, giving up six hits and three walks in four innings.
Portage Lake must win two championship games in the double-elimination tournament starting with the first tonight at 6:30.