Baseball: Kingsford blanks IM for LL district title

Trevillian tosses 2-hit gem for Kingsford in 11-0 win

Kingsford's Gavin Trevillian pitches against Iron Mountain during a Little League Major district championship on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Kingsford, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

KINGSFORD — For the second day in a row, Kingsford’s pitching led the way to the team’s 11-0 win over Iron Mountain for the Little League Major district championship Friday.

Kingsford moves on to the state tournament beginning July 19.

Gavin Trevillian threw a gem for Kingsford, throwing the team’s second straight complete game shutout in as many days, an impressive feat given pitch count limits and that the team played its sixth game in six days.

Trevillian navigated the six innings, throwing 72 pitches, 13 short of the maximum limit. He gave up just two hits and walked none with six strikeouts. Trevillian’s teammate Andres Finley tossed a complete game gem Thursday, also allowing two hits.

“Like I said about Andres yesterday, he’s a stud,” Kingsford head coach Dan Brown said. “Our team’s very lucky to have three or four great pitchers, not just OK pitchers, great pitchers. We have another one that could come in and do the same thing. Honestly we played it, I thought, the way we wanted to. We knew what we had behind us and we wanted to finish. Not finish fast, we just wanted to finish. Gavin was a stud, what can you say. No double plays to make his pitch count shorter, so he earned a lot of those himself. He was on fire.”

Kingsford's Andres Finley is tagged out at home by Iron MountainÕs Ian Marttila during a Little League Major district championship on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Kingsford, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

Kingsford put the pressure on again in the second inning as it did Thursday. This time, the lineup strung hits with runners on base and sustained a rally, putting up six runs in the third to cushion the lead at 9-0.

“Our bats woke up. That’s what I’ve been saying — once they wake up they’ll be trouble — and they did,” Brown said. “We’ve been playing great defense and all we needed to do was start hitting the ball. Honestly these kids just played baseball six days in a row, with pitch counts in Little League. That’s really hard to do, out of the loser’s bracket, regardless. Whether you’re in the winner’s bracket or loser’s bracket, it’s almost impossible. We’ve got some great players and great pitchers. We’re looking to move forward and play.”

Iron Mountain’s offense remained stagnant, being held scoreless since scoring a run in the fifth inning against Kingsford on Tuesday in a 4-2 win. Kingsford’s pitching was the biggest factor for Iron Mountain’s quiet bats in the last 13 innings they squared off.

“We kind of struggled at the plate again. They threw another really good pitcher. They’re so deep pitching,” Iron Mountain coach Steve Anderson said. “It doesn’t matter who they put up there. They’ve got great curveballs and throw strikes. Just couldn’t get it going. Last inning we had a little bit of a rally and a guy gets called out, but it’s not like we were going to score 11 and come back. It was a fun game. It’s a great group of kids and parents. They’re fun to coach. Just wanted them to have fun and enjoy the tournament experience.”

Evan Mendini and Max White had Iron Mountain’s hits in the second and sixth, respectively. Mendini pitched for Iron Mountain and Trevor Cherubini relieved. They gave up a combined 11 runs on 13 hits with two strikeouts and five walks.

“We know Evan throws a lot of strikes and that’s a really good hitting team,” Anderson said. “It’s not like we had many errors. They just have a lot of good hitters and they hit the ball where we weren’t. We made some plays and got out of a few innings. They just strung two big innings on us together again and that’s the difference in the game.”

Finley took a pitch in the third inning and then someone in the crowd told him to tie his shoe. Finley put his finger to his lips and on the next pitch hit a fly ball off the right field fence, scoring two.

“That’s his good luck, he thinks,” Brown said.

Trent McLain followed that with a two-run home run to break the game open.

“There’s no pressure. They know they’re a good team,” Brown said. “When they play good, sometimes we don’t hit and we play defense. Sometimes our pitching isn’t there and we play defense and hit. We’re just a pretty good all around team. We’re excited to head down and see what happens.”

Garrett Brown had two two singles and a walk for Kingsford. Trevillian had two singles and two runs. Finley tripled and singled with a run. Jack Kriegl singled twice. Nolan Hendrickson singled, walked and scored. Joey Weber doubled. Dakota Woodward singled twice.

Iron Mountain made three errors.

Kingsford 036 002 — 11 13 1

Iron Mountain 000 000 — 0 2 3