GLADSTONE - The Gladstone 10-11 year old boys are headed to the state tournament, an accomplishment they achieved in very convincing fashion. Gladstone was never threatened in its sectional tournament Sunday against Baraga County, breezing to 21-0 and 15-0 victories to advance.
The state tournament begins Saturday in Parchment, just outside of Kalamazoo.
"We didn't play in a district," said Baraga County coach Bill Jondreau. "We initially had three teams in our district, but they dropped out, so we automatically advanced out of our district. We had some practices, but they didn't know what was going on."
On top of that, the Baraga All-Stars had just nine on their roster and lost some of their best talent to the upper Little League divisions.
In the opener, Gladstone allowed just two baserunners on a base hit and walk.
Baraga was a bit more competitive in the second game, racking up 3 hits and drawing five walks, but Gladstone was able to keep them off the scoreboard. Pitchers Zach Hanson, Peyton Fedell and Caden Alwarden saw to that.