ESCANABA - Showing a lot of heart, the Escanaba 9-10 boys rallied from a 3-run hole, Sunday to beat Iron Mountain 5-4 in the Yooper Tournament at Dickson Field.
With the victory, Escanaba advances to face Kingsford in the title game, tonight at 6 p.m.
"We beat Iron Mountain at a couple different tournaments throught the year, once by the 10-run rule and 10-3 the last game," said manager Darren Bray. "They're improving game by game. Today we had runners on base, but couldn't get many of them in. That's a credit to Iron Mountain. They did a good job."
Iron Mountain started out hot, scoring three runs in the top of the first on a couple doubles. Escanaba came roaring back in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs. Jayden LaMarch led off with a single and Casey Bray followed with a double. Nathan Howes then ripped a two-RBI single and Hunter Lancour followed with an RBI double. Trent Lawson scored Lancour on a sacrifice fly and Esky led 4-3 after the first.
In the third inning, Aiden Mylander got on base with a single, and scored from first base when he stole second and ran home on a couple errors to give Esky a 5-3 lead.
Iron Mountain got within one in the fourth on an RBI double from Dave Joule.
Howes started the game on the mound for Esky, going the first four innings. Jayden LaMarch came on in the fifth and was perfect over the next two innings, striking out the last four he faced. Helping his cause was Laweson, who made a brilliant play in centerfield.
"Trent made a great play in centerfield, it was a diving running forward catch," said Bray.
It ended up being a solid weekend for Escanaba after beating Noray 11-6, Friday night.
Kingsford 5, Gladstone 1
ESCANABA - The Gladstone boys receieved solid pitching, but was let down by some mistakes on the base paths as it fell to Kingsford 5-1 in the 9-10 Little League Yooper Tournament at Dickson Field.
Gladstone's tournament lasted just one game. The scheduled tournament opener against Schafer was a forfeit in Gladstone's favor after Schafer didn't have enough players.
However, that meant their first game would be against Kingsford.
"The kids were nervous out there, it was our first time playing together," said co-manager John Solis. "We made a lot of baserunning errors. There were 3-4 times we had a couple guys get picked off at third base."
Brandy Sanderson scored Gladstone's lone run, when he stole home on a passed ball.
"The game could have been a lot closer. I think we could have beat them, we just had too many baserunning errors," said Solis.
The Yooper Tournament comes to a short end for the Gladstone boys, but they'll open the 9-10 All-Star tournament on July 7 against the winner of Manistique and Munising.