Finding its stride

HANCOCK – A young Copper Country Miners team is beginning to make some waves in the Twilight League standings.

The Miners won their second game in a row Tuesday night at the Hancock Driving Park with a 2-1 victory over Pat’s Foods-Mosquito Inn.

The win came on the heels of a stunning 2-1 verdict over league-leading Wolverine-Orbit last week.

Miners’ coach Paul Keskimaki said improved defense has been one of the reasons for the resurgence for the now 3-6 first-year club.

“Our defense has been outstanding recently,” Keskimaki said. “Plus, our pitching has been pretty steady. Tonight, Alan Jurmu did another good job on the mound.”

Jurmu scattered four hits and fanned five batters against a Pat’s-Mosquito team that had won four of its last five games coming in.

Pat’s-Mosquito hurler Robby Brooks also turned in a strong performance, giving up four hits and striking out five batters.

“It was a pretty good game overall,” Keskimaki said. “Both teams played good baseball.”

The Miners did all their scoring in the opening frame. A single by Brice Turner, a hit batsman, a passed ball and singles by Reid Pietila and Dustin Powell did the damage.

Pat’s-Mosquito got one back in the second inning on a HBP, error and infield hit by Sanford.

But the Miners hung tough, weathering a couple of late threats.

Pat’s-Mosquito is now 4-9 on the season.

Both teams will be in action at the Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament this weekend