ESCANABA - The top-seeded Jackson Northwest Minor Girls' (age 9-10) Little League All-Stars moved into the semifinals of the state softball tournament, blanking No. 9 Tecumseh 4-0 in a quarterfinal game Tuesday at Lemerand Park.
Bailey Cooper led the way for Jackson Northwest, pitching six innings and racking up 12 strikeouts while finishing with a no-hitter.
"Our pitchers are putting us in a position to win," said Jackson Northwest coach Bambi Cooper. "We're not allowing hits. They're playing tough and doing the best they can do. We're trying to hit the ball and put it in play and make them make mistakes."
Madison Neitzke went 3-for-4 and Aaliyah Miller went 2-for-3 for Jackson Northwest, and they finished the game with nine total hits.
No. 2 Grandville 7, No. 7 St. Clair 1
Grandville clung to a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth inning, but their offense exploded for five runs over the next two innings while their defense allowed little breathing room, which allowed them to secure the 7-1 victory.
"They played awesome," said Grandville coach Heidi Hardin. "They gave if their all and worked as a team. We had ups and downs, but we played through that. They're making cotact and doing what I ask, and that's huge."
Two runs scored in the fourth inning after a passed ball missed the catcher then the throw back to the pitcher at home plate was too high. In the fifth, Amber Mastbergen and Brooklyn Verbeek both hit RBI singles to extend the lead.
Sami Slager took the win on the mound for Grandville, pitching two innings and striking out one while allowing just one run. Jamie VanderMeer finished out the final four innings, earning six strikeouts.
Maddy Ungrey had two hits and VanderMeer also added one hit. Grandville had eight hits in the contest.
No. 4 Hillman 8, No. 5 Cheboygan 5
Hillman scored six times in the fifth inning and added a run in the sixth to rally past Cheboygan.
Bailey Schook had two hits for Hillman, which trailed 4-1 after 4 1/2 frames.
Hillman had just three hits, but took advantage of 17 walks in the contest. The winners were issued six free passes in the fifth.
Myra White had a pair of hits for Cheboygan.