Stanton cruises to 9-1 win over the Coppper Country Miners

STANTON – A strong pitching performance by Trent Keteri and some timely hitting was enough to give the Stanton Wildcats a 9-1 Twilight League win over the Copper Country Miners Tuesday evening.

Keteri checked the first-year Miners on six hits, walked two and struck out eight batters.

“He (Keteri) has been real consistent for us this season,” Stanton manager Daron Durocher said. “He does a good job of mixing his pitches and he doesn’t walk too many batters.”

On a perfect night for baseball at the newly renovated Stanton Field, the Miners grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. with Bryce Turner collecting an RBI single.

But the Wildcats roared back with three runs in the bottom of the second inning on three walks, a two-run single by Brooks Olson and a run-scoring single by Tyler LeDuron.

Miners pitcher Alan Jurmu experienced control problems throughout, walking eight batters and hitting two more.

“That was his (Jurmu’s) undoing tonight,” Durocher noted. “Our guys were pretty patient tonight in taking a few pitches.”

Stanton added two more runs in the fifth frame, Cole Jepsen and Josh Koskela getting key raps.

The winners, who are 7-3 on the season, pushed across four more runs in the sixth. Ryan Puuri and Keteri chipped in singles, while LeDuron added a double.

LeDuron paced the Wildcats with two hits. Jepsen and Olson each batted in a pair of runs.

The 1-6 Miners received two hits from Patrick Cortright.

Stanton is making plans for the Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament on July 7-8. A total of eight teams are expected for the event.