The Portland Rockets were presented with the Carl Angelo/Ross Bortell Memorial Tournament Champions Trophy after taking the second game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Battle Creek Merchants. Portland won three of four games in their pair of doubleheaders against the Merchants this season. (Special to The Commercial Review/Samantha Thomas)
The Portland Rockets were presented with the Carl Angelo/Ross Bortell Memorial Tournament Champions Trophy after taking the second game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Battle Creek Merchants. Portland won three of four games in their pair of doubleheaders against the Merchants this season. (Special to The Commercial Review/Samantha Thomas)
BATTLE CREEK, Michigan — The Rockets dropped the opener.

They ensured a split by scoring more runs in a single inning than the opposition did all day.

The Portland Rockets’ eight-run fourth inning in game two of a Sunday double header against the Battle Creek Merchants gave them a split on the day and earned them the Carl Angelo/Ross Bortell Memorial Tournament Champions Trophy. (They dropped the opening game 3-2 in eight innings after having swept the Merchants in a doubleheader July 18 in Portland.)

The second game of Sunday’s doubleheader was tied at 2-2 before the Rockets’ offense took off in the fourth inning. Joel Kennedy and 2021 Jay County High School graduate Blake Caldwell led off the frame with consecutive singles, with the former scoring on a single from Noah Collins.

Nick Bailey had the biggest hit of the inning with a two-run triple to right field and Peyton Smith added an RBI double as Portland sent 13 batters to the plate.

Collins had two hits and two RBIs in the win while Zach Orn and Kennedy added two hits and two runs. Bailey drove in three runs and Dakota Durick scored twice.

Trevor Sheets got the win for the Rockets, striking out three batters in four innings. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks.

Bailey took the game-one loss although both runs against him were unearned as he went the full 7 2/3 innings.



Klopfenstein leads

Max Klopfenstein paced a strong offensive effort for Display Craft as it topped Loy Real Estate and Auction 15-12 Friday in Portland Junior League Sandy Koufax baseball.

Klopfenstein went 4-for-4 for Display Craft with a pair of doubles. Vasin Ridgeway had two doubles as part of a three-hit effort and drove in two runs, and Andrew Day had three hits and two RBIs.

Austin Curtis smacked two home runs and a double as he finished with five RBIs for Loy in the losing effort.