Niles F.O.P. 10-year-olds oust Dowagiac
The Niles F.O.P. 10-year-old All-Star baseball team earned a spot in the District 15 Tournament championship game with an 8-7 victory over Dowagiac Wednesday night.
It took the F.O.P. All-Stars one extra inning to defeat the home team.
Niles will now play on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the District title against either Dowagiac or Centreville at F.O.P. Park.
Rashad Harris and Kelvin Tweedy led F.O.P. at the plate Wednesday night with a triple and a single each.
David Gardner added two doubles while Dustin Craig, Montrel Merritt and Derek Kardisco each hit two singles.
Nathaniel Oates also helped out with a single.
Gardner earned the pitching victory for Niles with relief help from Tweedy.
The F.O.P. 8-year-old All-Star team also notched another victory in District 15 Tournament action Wednesday night, beating Cassopolis 9-3 at Schoolcraft.
Derek Scott and Ethan Zimmerman each hit a double and a single to lead the F.O.P. All-Stars.
Geordan Griffin added three singles while Mitchell Dehn, Alex Wright and Connor Glick each hit two singles.
Kevin Hatcher and Tommy Briand also helped out with a single apiece.
The 8-year-olds finished 3-1 in pool play for the District tournament.
Brandywine faces Mattawan tonight at Cassopolis at 7 p.m.
Two names were unintentionally left out from the results reported for the F.O.P. 8-year-old All-Stars in the Niles Daily Star on Wednesday, July 23.
Derek Scott hit a double and two singles while Kevin Ballge hit a double as the F.O.P. All-Stars beat Mattawan 12-7.
The Daily Star regrets these omissions.