Calumet victorious at Negaunee Invite

Photo submitted to Daily Mining Gazette The Calumet Copper Kings pose with the championship plaque after winning the Negaunee Invite Saturday in Negaunee.

NEGAUNEE — Last Saturday, the Calumet Copper Kings baseball team won the Negaunee Invitational. They opened the tournament with a 6-5 win over the Iron Mountain Mountaineers before defeating the Negaunee Miners, 7-3, in the championship game.

In the opener, Robert Hill and Nick Voelker combined to hold the Mountaineers to five hits. Voelker earned the win by pitching the sixth and seventh. Voelker gave up only one hit over his two innings.

Voelker also helped himself out in the bottom of the seventh by hitting a sacrifice fly to center field, which allowed Jack Sturos to score from second base.

Ed Beiring led the way offensively with three hits in four at bats and picked up two RBI. Rory Anderson, Grant Johnson, Russ Bjorn and Voelker each picked up one RBI each.

In the championship game against the Miners, Voelker again was strong on the mound, this time throwing 71 pitches in a complete game. He gave up four hits, had four strikeouts and two walks.

Brandon Antilla picked up the lone RBI for the Copper Kings, which he got by singling to short and knocking Beiring home from third.

Anderson, Wyatt Loukus, Voelker, Bjorn and Antilla all had a hit in the contest.

The Copper Kings return to action tonight when they play host to the Houghton Gremlins.