Scoring spree: Wolverine-Orbit bats come alive in an 11-2 win over REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies

Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette Wolverine-Orbit pitcher Jake Lucchini delivers a pitch during a game against REL Inc-Mohawk Technologies Thursday at the Hancock Driving Park.

HANCOCK — It was the Jake Lucchini show Thursday night at the Hancock Driving Park in Copper Country Twilight League action as the visiting Wolverine-Orbit cruised to an 11-2 victory over REL Inc-Mohawk Technologies. Lucchini, the crafty right-hander not only threw a two-run complete game, but he helped his own cause at the plate with a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

“He had good stuff on the mound and the home run was an added bonus,” said Wolverine player-manager Luke Paul.

Lucchini recorded five strikeouts over seven innings, including three in a row in the second inning.

Wolverine scored first in the top of the third with two runs. Key hits came from second baseman Hans Stimac, shortstop Mike Saari and Lucchini.

They would tack on two more in the fourth inning with a double by Coy Budweg who would score by working his way home thanks to a passed ball and later a fielder’s choice. Also scoring that inning was third baseman Aiden Weinke.

Then came the top of the fifth.

Wolverine put on a hitting clinic, adding five more runs to their tally. Paul started things off with a single. Then, with a 2-1 count, Lucchini launched a ball that just barely cleared the fence in right field. It was downhill from there for REL as their pitchers walked in two runs and served up base hits to Beau Dupuis and Zach Hill.

REL scored two in the sixth, ruining Lucchini’s shutout bid with doubles from Grant Johnson and Chris Loukus. Unfortunately, that would be all they would score for the night.

Wolverine added two more runs in the top half of the seventh and shut down REL with a one-two-three bottom half.

Wolverine stays in first place in the league with a 5-1 record while REL falls to 2-4 on the campaign.