Albion Midget League playoffs get underway

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 July 2024 at 9:46 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Michael McElwain slides into home for Elks/Rotary’s first run as Sandstone catcher Eli Johnson awaits the throw. The action took place during Tuesday’s quarterfinal round playoff game won by Sandstone.

Albion Midget League 12U Division playoff action got underway Tuesday evening with four quarterfinal games.

In those contests No. 1 seed Barre defeated No. 8 Hamlin ‘B’ 18-3, No. 2 Elba ‘B’ blanked No. 7 Elba ‘A’ 11-0, No. 6 Sandstone bested No. 3 Elks/Rotary 15-5 in 8 innings and No. 4 Hamlin ‘A’ topped No. 5 Carlton 17-4.

Robbie Hickman went 4 for 4 with 6 RBIs an Brody Furness hit a home run to highlight Barre’s win as Jacob Wright, Owen Legen and Jace Wright all had multiple hits.

Sandstone erupted for 10 runs in the eighth inning to outlast Elks/Rotary as Elliott Slocum and Eli Spada had RBI hits.

Elks/Rotary had rallied for 4 runs with two out in the sixth inning to knot the contest at 5-5 as Michael McElwain drove in two runs to cap off the rally.

Thursday’s 6 p.m. semifinals will have Sandstone at Barre and Hamlin ‘A’ at Elba ‘B’.

The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

9U Division Playoffs
In the 9U Division quarterfinals on Monday, Sandstone blanked Hamlin 11-0, Carlton downed Rotary 10-1, Barre bested Vets 8-0 and Elba edged Holley 4-3.

The semifinals are scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening with Elba at Sandstone and Barre at Carlton. The games will be played on Thursday if they get rained out this evening.

The final will be Saturday morning.

Evan Coots, at left, started on the mound for Elks/Rotary and Brycen Potter for Sandstone.