- Jim Townsend
Local Teams Represent Portland Well in Summer Fest Baseball Tournament
One of the many exciting events included in Summer Fest 2018 was the youth baseball tournament. With age divisions from 9U to 13U, the tournament included a total of 51 teams from across Michigan.
Games were held at Father Flohe Field, The Wagon Wheel, the Knights of Columbus Hall, the Bogue Flats and Powers Park.
Here is a look a three of the local teams who competed.
The 9U Portland Scrappers went 3-1 at Summer Fest and were knocked in the semifinal game on Sunday. The team wishes to thank PFCU for graciously sponsoring their Summer Fest entry fee.
The team is pictured above.
Front row left to right: Carson Pung, Landon Lanz, Grady Lanz, Carson Simon and Peyton Smith.
Back row left to right: Jerred Russman, Sawyer Rockey, Hudson Martin, Deacon Townsend and Alex Atwell.
The 10U Portland Legends lost their opening game of the tournament but came back and won the next four to win the 10U championship. The team would like to thank their sponsors J Weller Construction, PFCU, Sandborn Real Estate, and Hometown Sports. Coach Brad Leonard also said, “We'd also like to give a huge thanks to our parents.”
Pictured from left to right: Jerryd Scheurer, Hunter McGuire, Max Sandborn, Max Weller, Brandon Anthony, Charlie Thelen, Gunnar Williams, Tyler Thelen, Brady Leonard, Connor Fox, Bodie Haddar and Blake Walcutt.
The 12U Portland Raiders lost 8-7 to Grand Ledge in the semifinal game. Coach Dean McGregor said. “Grand Ledge went on to win the tournament against P-W. We played the same Grand Ledge team the night before and ended in a tie 1-1 after one extra inning. Kids played hard and never gave up. Very proud of how they played and competed.”
Front row Barrett Brennan
Second row left to right Caden Lockwood, Even Thelen, Levi Nobis, Even Gross, Brady Rowe
Third Row left to right Mason McGregor, Chris Battley, Carter Higbee, Barrett Spitzley, Keaton McGregor and AJ Weber.