Little League

    The two favorites will battle it out for the City Series championship after Illinois American Water Company and Route 66 Nutrition powered their way into the best-of-3 set to determine the Pontiac Little League champion.
    Route 66 Nutrition needed to finish its quarterfinal game with Pontiac Police before taking on First Financial. Route 66 finished off PPD and handled First Financial to Monday to advance.
    IAWC methodically pushed past Country Financial in the late semifinal game Monday to punch its ticket into the City Series, which is scheduled to begin today.
Route 66 Nutrition 8, Pontiac Police 5
    Cayden Masching had the ball for Route 66 Nutrition when the game was suspended last Wednesday. Pontiac Police had the bases loaded with one out and the tying run up to bat at the time.
    Masching faced Kaden Farrar on Monday and got the strikeout on a 2-2 pitch. CJ Fosdick worked a walk that forced in Jared Bressner to make it 8-5 with the potential winning run coming up to bat.
    Carson Walker went down swinging as Masching recorded the punch out to end the game.
    A six-run fourth inning during the game last week gave Route 66 a 7-3 advantage after Pontiac Police had held a 3-1 lead.
    Tommy Oestmann had three hits, including two doubles, for Route 66 Nutrition. He also drove in three runs. Masching and Justin Tovrea each singled, and Hayden Frazier had two RBIs.
    Zachariah Landstrom started the game for Route 66. He struck out four after going three innings. Masching finished up and collected six strikeouts.
    Jackson Crawford started for Pontiac Police, fanning nine in three innings. Cole Rapp had one strikeout and Walker fanned two in relief.
    Walker had two hits and Elijah Hartke doubled and drove in two runs. Rapp also had a two-base hit and one RBI. Crawford doubled while Peyton Beebe and Fosdick each drove in a run.
    In the semifinal game with First Financial, Route 66 Nutrition got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and led 4-1 later. The final result was not provided.
IAWC 11, Country 1
    Like in the first semifinal game, the home team scored first and went on to win. In this case, it was IAWC pushing across three runs in the first frame en route to an 11-1 victory.
    Hayden DuVall struck out the side in the top of the first inning and then led off the bottom of the frame with a two-base hit to left. Mason Schlosser walked and, after a groundout, Trenton Blackwell doubled to left that plated DuVall and Schlosser for a 2-0 lead. Shannon Law singled to drive in Blackwell for a 3-0 lead.
    Seven IAWC batters in a row reached base with one out in the second inning. It srated when Beau H walked to turn the lineup over. DuVall and Schlosser each singled to lead the bases. Horning walked to force in Beau H and Blackwell drew a free pass that plated DuVall.
    Brayden Stroh single to drive in Schlosser and Law delivered the big blow with a two-run double that scored Horning and Blackwell for a 9-0 lead.
    Country tagged DuVall for a run in the third as Sean Finnegan scored on a wild pitch with two outs. Finnegan got on base with a one-out double.
    Blackwell and Stroh singled to open the bottom of the fourth inning and IAWC leading 9-1. Law was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
    Alex McMeen grounded out that plated Blackwell, and with two outs, Stroh scored on a wild pitch to end the game.
    Law collected a double, single and three runs batted in for IAWC. Blackwell had a double, single and two RBIs and Stroh had two hits and a run batted in. DuVall doubled and singled while Schlosser singled. McMeen had two RBIs and Horning drove in a run.
    DuVall struck out eight and Blackwell fanned two on the bump for IAWC. Ryson Eilts struck out three and Johnny Finnegan fanned one for Country.
    Eilts and Sean Finnegan had the lone base hits for Country.
    The City Series is scheduled to start today at the Rec-Plex, weather-permitting. Game 2 is set for Wednesday and, if needed, Game 3 will be Thursday. All games are to start at 6 p.m.