FNB to final, awaiting foe

NORWAY – Kingsford’s First National Bank Little League major team knows they will be playing for the Curtis J. Brackett Memorial championship tonight at Marion Park.

They just don’t know who they will be playing against.

FNB downed VFW Iron County 16-1 in five innings here Thursday evening in the tournament’s first contest. Iron Mountain’s UCT and Hermansville’s William Anderson Sportsman’s Club managed a half inning of play in the second contest before rain arrived.

Once-defeated UCT and unbeaten Hermansville will begin from scratch at 4 p.m. this afternoon. The winner of that contest will face FNB in the championship, which follows a scheduled consolation game.

Noah Wilcox powered FNB with his arm and his bat in the victory over Iron County. Wilcox went the full five innings on the mound, striking out 11 while limiting Iron County to three hits and one walk.

At the plate, Wilcox delivered a three-hit effort, with two triples and six RBIs. His second triple rolled to the fence in right center, clearing the bases in the fifth inning, and pushing the game past the run-rule.

Nick McCole added three more RBIs, twice plating runs with sacrifice flies, and also connecting for a triple. Aston Pellitier added a two-run double, and Colin Watkins had a RBI single.

Caden Pellizzer brought in Iron County’s lone run with a single up the middle in the third. Bryant Schram and Peyton Williams added singles.

Schram started for Iron County, working into the fourth. He struck out eight while allowing four hits and four walks. Williams struck out two more in a mid relief stint, and Brayden Nelson finished on the hill, fanning two more while allowing another three hits.

In the canceled nightcap, Hermansville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first at-bat. Noah Gorzinski plated both runs with a single to center. Lightning initially paused the action, and it was during that delay that the rains came. Since a full inning wasn’t completed, the game, by rule, re-starts from the beginning.

… In senior Little League, Cooper Office defeated Aurora 7- 4. Jake Thomann and Kyle Johnson shared the pitching duties for Cooper allowing three hits and striking out 11. Jake Cousineau and Brock Grenier led Cooper with two hits each. Sam Santi, Marco Savarin, Johnson, Jake Lefebvre, Corbin Henkel and Joey Berglund had single hit games.

Mike Bruce and Spencer Davis pitched for Aurora allowing 10 hits and striking out five. Tyler Beck, Spencer Davis and Mike Bruce had hits for Aurora.