BESSEMER - Portage Lake's bid to force Negaunee into a second championship game in the Major (age 11-12) district softball tournament ended practically before it began Tuesday.
Negaunee scored seven times in the first two innings and never looked back, earning the title with a 13-5 victory.
Delaney Heinonen's two-run single pulled runs back in the first inning, but Portage Lake had just three left for the game.
Jessica Poole earned the win for Negaunee, striking out eight and walking two. Jillian Parker took the loss for Portage Lake, which finished the tournament with a 2-2 record with both losses coming to Negaunee.