Portage Lake keeps pounding through

PL advances to District 11 Majors title game with 10-0 win over Penokee Range

Potage Lake’s Gaborik Carlson bats against Penokee Range at Ishpemings Sports Complex Tuesday evening July 11, 2017. (Journal Photos by Corey Kelly)

ISHPEMING — Portage Lake mercyed Penokee Range 10-0 in four innings during the District 11 Majors Little League baseball tournament Tuesday night to advance to Thursday’s championship game.

Portage Lake head coach Wes Frahm said the win was an all around team effort.

“It was a super efficient game for us,” Frahm said. “We got great defense and pitching out of our kids.

“On offense, to hit 10 runs in an all star format is unbelievable. Everyone shined in every part of the game.”

Portage Lake started the game off with the first four batters reaching base and scoring in the bottom of the first inning as Cameron Cischke, Levi Frahm, Dylan Primeau and Gaborik Carlson crossed the plate to give their team an early 4-0 lead.

Frahm said the quick start riled up his team for the remainder of the match.

“Cameron’s at bat to start the game really set the tone,” Frahm said. “He was down early in the count and battled for a hit. A few batters later, we looked up and we had four runs on the board. It was a great start, and it sent the message we wanted to early.”

Levi Frahm tacked on another run in the second, followed by scores from Carlson, Cameron Marcham and Bryce Pugh to make it an 8-0 game.

Cischke and Levi Frahm tacked on another pair of runs for Portage Lake in the third inning off errors, while Frahm also took care of business on the mound, securing a shutout on just 36 pitches.

“Our pitching was electric,” Wes Frahm said. “He had everything working for him. He only threw 36 pitches, but at least 28 of them had to be strikes. That’s exactly what you can ask for out of a kid in this game.”

The loss for Penokee was their first of the double-loss elimination tournament and head coach Ryan Niemi said his team needs to show up with better preparation when going against Marquette at 5 p.m. today.

“We didn’t come ready to play (Tuesday),” Niemi said.

“We weren’t ready to hit, field or any part of it. We have to be ready to hit the ball right off the bat moving forward and we need to field the ball better and calm down the errors.”

Portage Lake will play in Thursday’s 6 p.m. championship game against an opponent determined this evening.

Frahm said his team will be successful if they get another outing like Tuesday’s.

“Keeping this momentum rolling will be huge,” Frahm said.

“Our pitchers need great location, and our bats need to stay alive. We’ve scored 36 runs in three games in this tournament, so if we keep that rolling, we’ll be good.”

Ray Bressette can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is rbressette@miningjournal.net.