Monroe League heats up

    MONROE—Hunter Lotter finished a brilliant performance on the mound for the Bank of Geneva Tuesday night in the Monroe Little League tournament at Don Ray Field by working out of a bases loaded situation and the Bankers snared a 9-6 win over the Brickhouse.
    Lotter, who got 16 of the 18 Brickie outs via strikeout route, whiffed the final two batters of the game with the sacks loaded. His teammates had just scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to reclaim the lead in the game.
    For the winners, Lotter slammed a pair of triples to aid his cause while Corbin Becher slugged two doubles and Chase Peterson had one. For the Brickhouse, Nick Liter tripled and doubled, and Logan Macklin doubled in a two-hit game and delivered two RBIs. Lotter went the distance for the win while Liter started for the Brickies and Parker Bates finished the final four frames in relief. They had two and 11 strikeouts respectively.
    In the other tournament game played Tuesday night, Jordan Biberstein threw a complete game, 10-strikeout win as the Monroe Grain edged regular season champion Farm Bureau Lifers 7-6.
    Jaxson Rinkenberger and Conner Schwartz both had two-hit games for Monroe Grain that included doubles for each player. The game became close in the bottom of the sixth when Drew Schultz had his second hit of the night, a solo home run, but Farm Bureau was unable to score any more runs off Biberstein. Dylan Miller and Evan Brown both doubled for the Lifers.
    Miller started and was relieved by Kyle Arnold in the fifth. Both Lifer hurlers recorded four strikeouts.
    Wednesday night brought semi-final action to the diamond as the Lifers blasted the Bank of Geneva 12-2 for the right to play in the championship game tonight at 5:30 in Monroe.
    Bank ended their season after sending the Brickhouse packing earlier in the week and the Lifers, who were upset by Monroe Grain, will look to climb through the loser's bracket to win the championship.
    Against Bank, the Lifers got a four-run third and a seven-run fourth to put the game out of reach in four innings. They used 12 hits on just four hits including a pair of triples by Miller and Brown, and doubles by Brown and Arnold. Brown had four RBIs. Bank's Hunter Lotter had a double in the game, B of G's only hit of the game.
    Arnold took the complete game win for the Lifers allowing two runs on one hit with six K's and four walks. Lotter took the loss going three innings allowing five runs on three hits with three K's and two walks. Devin Lotter pitched the seven-run fourth allowing the damage on just one hit with two K's and four walks with no help from the defense.