KEARSARGE - Portage Lake had the remedy for snapping a three-game losing streak against Wolverine in the annual oldtimers game between the two teams - score more runs.
"We hadn't done much offensively against them in the last couple of games," Portage Lake manager Paul Bianucci said after his team's 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon at the Wolverine Field. "We did a much better job today."
The win gives Portage Lake a slender 23-21 overall margin in the series, which resumes next Saturday in Stanton.
Wolverine’s Glenn Patrick gets the go-ahead sign from third-base coach Carl Backstrom during Saturday’s Oldtimers baseball game in?Kearsarge. (Paul Peterson photo)
In a rarity for the series, both pitchers went the entire distance on the mound.
Floyd Wakeham twirled for PL, while Andy Heikkinen handled the mound chores for Wolverine.
"I thought Floyd (Wakeham) did a nice job of mixing his pitches," Biannuci noted. "He was able to keep them off-balance. And Heikkinen pitched pretty well, too."
Portage Lake scored once in the opening frame, a booming double by Mike Olson the big hit. Wolverine knotted it with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame and then took a 2-1 edge in the second.
Singles by Pete Oikarinen and Glenn Patrick pushed the go-ahead run in.
But the eventual winners had a four-run third inning to seize the lead for good at 5-2.
Three walks were sandwiched around hits by Frank Jackovich, Dan Coffey, Wakeham, Glenn Mitchell and Dave Plowe. Coffey had the big hit, a two-run single.
"That inning was really the difference in the game," Wolverine skipper Jim Oikarinen said. "Take that away and it was an even game."
Both teams added single runs in the seventh to round out the scoring.
Coffey paced Portage Lake with two hits - the same number collected by Patrick and Jim Oikarinen for the northend crew.
Wakeham allowed eight hits and fanned six batters. Heikkinen gave up nine safeties and struck out four.