WYOMING, Mich. - One thing is certain.
The Gladstone Minor Girls' Little League All-Stars (age 9-10) will conclude their softball season today at 1 when they face Freeland in the state title game.
Gladstone made that possible Tuesday by blanking Grandville 7-0 behind the one-hit pitching of Andie Balenger in a semifinal contest. She struck out 10 and walked one.
Photo taken by Michelle Rubick
Brittany Schwartz of Gladstone launches a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s state semifinal game against Grandville. Gladstone won 7-0 and will play for the state title today at 1 p.m.
"Andie had real good control today," said Gladstone manager Rodney Schwartz. "We were moving the (catcher's) glove around and she was hitting her targets pretty good."
Gladstone gained some breathing room by scoring four times in the fourth inning for a 5-0 advantage.
"Once we got the five-run cushion, it kind of loosened everybody up a little," said Schwartz.
Brittany Schwartz led Gladstone with three hits, including a two-run triple in the fourth.
"Her bat was working pretty good again today," said manager Schwartz. "Overall, I think the kids could have played a little better than they did today. We've hit a little bit of a lull. Hopefully, we can get back on top of our game."
Brittany Schwartz added an RBI single in the sixth and Morgan Letteriello's single ended the scoring.
Taylor Trudeau tripled and doubled for Gladstone, which took a 1-0 lead in the first.
Gladstone finished with six hits.