DOLLAR BAY - In their second Twilight League game of the season, Mosquito Inn/Computer Mechanix beat BlueSky Health 13-6, but things could not have been more different in the second-to-last regular season game between the two teams.
BlueSky erupted to a 13-1 lead in the first two innings Thursday night and won 15-5 in five innings over MI/CM. BlueSky has only lost three of the 12 games since its 13-6 loss to MI/CM on June 7 - all to regular season champs Stanton - while MI/CM has lost six straight.
"We were just finding holes. There's no explanation for it," said BlueSky second baseman Keith Halonen, who was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. "We got lucky tonight."
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BlueSky Health second baseman Keith Halonen records an out at second base ahead of Mike Baril’s slide for Mosquito Inn/Computer Mechanix in the fourth inning of BlueSky’s 15-5 mercy-shortened with Thursday night in Dollar Bay. Halonen, who was 3-for-3 offensively as well, nearly turned a double play.
BlueSky's success with the bats was a bit uncanny, which both teams admitted.
They had several bloop singles that stayed fair by just a few feet, or landed barely in no man's land between several MI/CM defenders or squeaked between infield gaps.
"Baseball is a fluky game," Halonen said. "We didn't hit the ball better than they did. They just hit it at us."
MI/CM 102 11 xx - 5 6 4
BSH 850 02 xx 15 15 2
WP: Jason Koski 5 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP
LP: Will Williams 5 IP, 15 R, 15 H, 4 K, 4 BB
BlueSky Health: Keith Halonen 3-3, 3 RBI; Ray Wojtala 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Paul
Moyryla 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Pat's Foods: Will Williams 2-3, 2 RBI
Frustration understandably set in for MI/CM as nine of the first 10 BlueSky batters reached base. A fielding error and an overthrow on the same play led to two additional runs, and MI/CM's 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning became an 8-1 deficit against pitcher Will Williams.
"Those guys came out early and jumped on top of us and got us down," Mosquito Inn manager Rexx Janowiak said. "They hit the ball. They got a big lead and it was tough to climb back."
The hit parade continued in the second inning for BlueSky, adding on five more runs in the bottom of the second inning.
"There were some bloop singles but they had guys hitting the ball hard, too. You don't score that many runs on luck," Janowiak said.
The visitors chipped away at the deficit, with four straight hits and two runs in the third inning, and another run in both the fourth and fifth innings. Williams also pitched a pair of 1-2-3 innings, but BlueSky finally secured the mercy-rule win when Jason Koski, who got the pitching win, hit a bloop single, Ray Wojtala added an RBI double and Dan Juopperi hit in the winning run with a single.
The regular season wraps up at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with Pat's Foods (4-10) hosting BlueSky Health (8-6) and Stanton (13-1) hosting Mosquito Inn/ Computer Mechanix (3-11). Playoffs start next Thursday.