The three championship games in the Marysville All Star Tournament quickly turned into a trio of statement games on Sunday.
In a tournament filled with the state’s best Little League teams, the weekend ended with mercies in the 8U, 10U and 12U title games.
Richmonds’ Brennan Bruyneel tags up at first base Sunday, Aug 2, during the Marysville Little League Finals.
Richmond scores 15 in 12U finals
In the spirit of the upcoming football season, Richmond 12U dropped more than two touchdown’s worth of runs to beat Ira, 15-2.
Richmond got runs immediately in the first inning, with Hudson Davenport driving in an RBI and scoring a run himself to make it a quick 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third Richmond poured it on with a six-run inning, highlighted with a three-run, line drive home run by Jacob Denapole. The ball was hit in laser-like fashion as it never got 15 feet off the ground.
Richmond’s final run explosion came in the sixth inning when it brought in seven runs to take a 15-2 lead and a trophy to end the season.
Among the top runners of the day were Davenport and JD Gross, who each scored three runs in the title game.
“We won as a team — we don’t win as individuals,” head coach Matthew Janssen said.
“I’ve also coached these kids throughout Little League, and this was my last game coaching them … it’s bittersweet, but it’s a good victory.”
Harper Woods 10U shuts out Marysville 10-0
Harper Woods pounced on Marysville to start the game, hitting three doubles and scoring five runs in the first inning. The team never let that momentum slip away as it went on to win, 10-0.
“The boys really played for each other,” head coach Toney Randazzo said. “The guys in the back of the lineup picked it up … they really supported each other.”
After the trio of doubles by Ben Praet, Joey Randazzo and Lukie Piestoh in the first inning, Jordan Arseneau and Piestoh had back-to-back RBI singles in the second inning. That helped Harper Woods get to a 9-0 lead after two innings.
Once Julian Young hit in Joe Willis to make it 10-0 in the third, the mercy rule was in effect and the game was settled shortly after.
While Marysville — a 9U team — didn’t have a fortunate game in the finals, its semifinals game against St. Clair held plenty of great memories.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Marysville was down 1-0 to St. Clair. With the team down to its last out, Zach Winston hit a two-run triple to score Phoenix Glassnor and Weston Tenyer. Winston also scored on an error to make it 3-1 to give them the three runs that brought them to the finals.
Ira 8U tops Port Huron 12-2
It’s tough to say who had the best championship game in Ira Township’s 12-2 win over Port Huron. After all, nine players scored at least one run in the win.
“We just played as a team — everybody chipped in from the bottom of the lineup,” Ira head coach Mike Lee said. “Each and every kid had their moment this weekend.”
On the bases, Tyler Finkbeiner, Josh Opolski and Gabe Marshall all scored two runs. Finkbeiner also flexed some power with a three-run homer in the first inning.
Ira’s defense was also superb all day, and its skills in the field were showcased when Marshall had a diving backhanded catch in left field that brought the most noise from the crowd all day.
For Port Huron, Nate Dore was the leading hitter with his 2-for-2 day at the plate. Overall, the youngsters from Port Huron had a nice tournament, piecing together a 4-1 record on the weekend.
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