Cape Coral National rallied to extend the all-Cape District 9 9-year-old All-Star Baseball tournament to the max with a 10-5 victory Friday night over Cape Coral American at Fleishman Park.
Logan Wilsker limited previously unbeaten American to two runs over five innings and National teammate Ryan Venkhatar belted a two-run single with the bases loaded to break a 2-2 tie and avenge National's loss to American Monday night.
The double-elimination format calls for the extra championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fleishman Park.
Cape Coral National Little League all-star pitcher Logan Wilsker puts the ball in play against Cape Coral American Friday night in the Little League District 9 9-year-old tournament. Logan pitched into the sixth.
Drew Gifford's stellar defense on ground balls at second base helped catapult National to victory in a total team effort.
Carson McNeely had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for American. Third baseman Jason Slater added two infield singles and a diving catch on a foul pop while Matt Janisco also made a diving catch in the outfield.
In the District 9 13-year-old tournament, unbeaten Hancock edged Cape American 4-3 in the semifinals. Hancock (3-0) faces Fort Myers American (2-1), which ripped South Fort Myers 15-2, in Saturday's championship game at 11 a.m. at Rutenberg Park.