Griffin Leece, Wyatt Nelson lead Black Diamonds in Minors Little League baseball

NEGAUNEE — In the newly revamped Little League associations, Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming and Gwinn now have interlocking schedules in their various divisions.

Here are results from May 13-24:


Minors baseball

Pitcher Griffin Leece won in a Negaunee matchup as the Black Diamonds defeated Bell Physicians 16-8. Leece and Wyatt Nelson each scored three runs.

Evan Dellangelo was 3 for 3 with a homer and triple as the Negaunee Elks beat Bjork & Zhulkie of Ishpeming, 17-8. The winners’ Aiden Cardinal also was 3 for 3, while Kyle Waterman was 2 of 3 with a triple and Aries Korsman 2 of 3 with an big double-play catch.

In addition, Peyton Black homered and David Armstrong got his first hit.

In other games, Bell Physicians of Negaunee defeated Negaunee VFW 14-10 and Negaunee VFW downed Meyer Family Vision of Ishpeming 20-1.


Majors baseball

Wells Fargo of Negaunee split a pair of 5-4 decisions, losing to Heritage Properties of Negaunee and defeating Cliffs of Ishpeming.

Pitcher Morgan Robar won for Heritage as Weston Yesney homered and Robar and Devin Jurmu, Nash Barabe and Aiden Steele each had a hit.

Liam Nemetz made a big play in center field to save a run, while Ely Cody made a double play.

For Wells Fargo against Cliffs, Broc Bonevitz had a key hit and pitched as the closer, while Ryan Jandron also turned in a solid pitching performance. Brady Mager had two bunts.

Ishpeming Lions defeated Cliffs 6-1 as pitcher Hank Tincknell lost, striking out four and walking four. Teammate Brady Johnson walked and scored on a line drive by Tincknell.

UPPCO of Ishpeming felled Wells Fargo 11-4 as WF loaded the bases three times but couldn’t score.

In other games, Honor Credit Union of Gwinn outscored Domino’s of Marquette 24-1, Ishpeming Lions blanked UPPCO 11-0, Strength & Fitness of Ishpeming beata Honor Credit Union 3-1, UPPCO took out Eagle Mine of Marquette 15-3, Honor Credit Union ran by Eagle Mine 18-8 and Vierling of Marquette slipped past UPPCO 10-4.


Juniors baseball

Braiden Noskey got the pitching win in Thomson Metevier PC of Negaunee’s 9-6 victory posted over Meijer’s of Marquette. Howard Johnson and Gavin Saunders also pitched for Thomson.

Meijer’s battled back from a 7-1 deficit with five runs ending when Thomson’s Mason Banfield turned a double play.

Saunders hit a late single to drive in two insurance runs late.

Pitcher Jackson Gladwell lost as RMS of Ishpeming edged Richardson Jewelers of Negaunee 4-3. Keith Judici started for Richardson as Gladwell singled to score Judici with the tying run in the top of the seventh inning.

The winning run scored after Luke Mariano singled, stole second and third and came in on a hit by A.J. Bottari.

In other games, Meijer’s blanked Beauchamp’s of Gwinn 4-0, Cliffs of Marquette won 1-0 over Richardson Jewelers and Kiwanis of Ishpeming won 9-1 over Thomson Metevier PC.


Minors softball

Delaney Gladwell twice was a hitting star for Tino’s of Negaunee in victories.

In an 8-4 win over the Blue Sox of Negaunee, Gladwell hit an inside-the-park grand slam to help Megan Marker get the pitching win. The Blue Sox’s Kierra Waterman hit a two-run homer.

In Tino’s 12-0 blanking of Marquette Gray, Gladwell was joined by Sadie Rogers, Jyanna Grobar and Mallory Young in going 3 for 3. Gladwell hit an inside-the-park homer to help make Young the winning hurler.

The Blue Sox’s Layla Williams hit an inside-the-park homer in an 8-5 win over Lammi Fire Protection of Negaunee. Brielle Anderson got the pitching win despite Ainsley Brunette doubling for Lammi.

The Blue Sox also defeated Lammi Fire Protection 7-5 as Aly Robar got the pitching victory while hitting a triple and double. Maijah Speaker went 3 for 3 while Ava Ghiardi was credited for an amazing backup play in rightfield.

In other game, Lammi blanked Marquette Gray 14-0, Blue Sox rebuffed Marquette Red 11-2 and Tino’s shut down Marquette Gray 14-0.


Majors softball

Emma Wills and Theresa Anderson each pitching three-strikeout perfect innings in GE Builders of Negaunee’s 24-6 win over Marquette Red. Teammate Madison Pekrul collected an RBI.

In addition, Negaunee Fox and Ishpeming No. 1 played to a 9-9 tie.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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