Langdon was the site of the nine team Northern League 12U Little League Baseball Tournament held July 13.
By JAKE KULLAND
Republican Sports Writer
Posted July 22, 2013
Teams from Langdon, Grafton, Park River, Cavalier, Walhalla, Manvel, Minto and Drayton all competed for the title. Langdon was the top seed in the tournament and ending up winning the tourney championship in a thrilling win over Cavalier 3-2. Langdon capped off an excellent season with a record of 23-6. They also finished their year on a 16 game winning streak.
Being the top seed Langdon got a first round bye. They met one of the Grafton teams their first game. Langdon held on to win 9-7, after Grafton put up a furious four run rally in the top of the fifth. Grant Romfo got the mound, while Lawrence Blue pitched the fifth to get a save. Logan Harder and Peyton Ullyott each had two hits in win.
Langdon then met surprising Manvel in the semifinals. The seventh seeded Manvel squad upset Grafton #1 in the first round. Langdon would beat Manvel 7-3, with Blue starting the game and getting the win on the hill striking out eight batters, while Jackson Delvo pitched the final inning. Blue and Alex Gronhovd each had a single and double in the game, while Grant Romfo had a triple.
In the championship game versus third seeded Cavalier, Ullyott got the team off to a great start with an inside the park home run in the first inning, and Gronhovd later scored on an error to give the team a 2-0 early lead.
Cavalier would score an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, to make the score 2-1 into the third. With one out in the bottom of the third Gronhovd showed some speed legging out a triple down the left field line. He would score the eventual winning run on a big two out single Delvo.
Gronhovd also pitched the title game for Langdon and he struck out six batters. Cavalier did get him a bit in the top of the fifth when they put a run across, then had the tying run on second when a single to right field set up a play at the plate. But Delvo threw a laser home from right field, which caught by catcher Brennan Kitchin who applied the tag for the second out and preserved the lead. Gronhovd got the next batter to pop out to Simon Romfo at second base to close out the game and give Langdon the championship.
It was thought that this is the first time Langdon has one this tournament since joining the Northern League a couple of years ago.