Miners rally in 7th, beat State Farm

HANCOCK – A pitchers duel between Alan Jurmu of the Copper Country Miners and Owen Kariniemi of Dean Kangas-State Farm Tuesday night wasn’t settled until the seventh inning Tuesday night.

The expansion Miners managed to push across four runs in the top of the final frame for an eventual 5-1 victory.

Miners coach Paul Keskimaki said that Jurmu pitched perhaps his finest game of the season.

“I thought Alan (Jurmu) did a great job of mixing up his pitches tonight,” Keskimaki commented. “He was recovering from a hand injury, but he did a really good job.”

Jurmu scattered five hits, walked one and fanned two batters.

His counterpart Karineimi was almost as impressive, allowing six hits, walking five and striking out ten batters.

“They’re two of the better young pitchers in the league,” Keskimaki said afterward. “And they were both impressive in this game.”

DK-State Farm took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Dan Juopperi singled in a run after a walk and a hit batter.

CCM, now 4-10 on the season, tallied one run in the third as Dustin Powell singled and came around on a walk, fielder’s choice and wild pitch.

The winning CCM rally in the seventh was started by a singles by Jurmu and Rory Anderson, who was playing his first game with the Miners

A walk filled the sacks and Gabe Rupright came up with a clutch two-run single to make it 3-1.

The winners tacked on two runs in the seventh, a passed ball and walk playing a big part.

Dan Juopperi of DK-State Farm was the only batter with two hits in the contest.

DK-State Farm dropped to 7-7 on the season.