REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies snaps SNB-Stanton’s streak

Jamie Glenn/Daily Mining Gazette Superior National Bank-Stanton pitcher Eli Luoma delivers a pitch during a game against REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies Tuesday at the Hancock Driving Park.

HANCOCK — REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies made a strong showing at the Hancock Driving Park Tuesday night. They knew they were going to have their hands full with a hot Superior National Bank-Stanton coming into the night having won their previous seven contests.

SNB-Stanton scored three in the top of the sixth inning, but were unable to catch REL Inc. despite adding one more run in the top of the seventh, falling in the end, 8-4.

Player-manager Tyler Loukus felt good about how his team performed in earning the win.

“We came out and hit the ball, this is probably the best hitting game we’ve had all year,” said Loukus.

“We had great pitching. We’ve just got to keep our bats going.”

Loukus admitted that hitting has been difficult throughout the season.

“We’ve struggled with keeping our bats going this year,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep hitting the ball and scoring runs, stringing hits together.”

Still, he was happy to see his team spread some of the luck around.

“Everyone hit the ball,” said Loukus. “Last game, we left some guys stranded and this game we scored some runs.”

It was a fairly quiet start in the first two innings of the ballgame, but things started to heat up when REL Inc. scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Two walks and and player error by SNB-Stanton defense allowed Luke Peterson to hit a solid double, knocking in two runs. REL Inc. added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to jump out to an 8-0 lead before SNB-Stanton’s offense finally awoke in the sixth.

SNB-Stanton player-manager Daron Durocher remained optimistic about his team’s recent success, despite the loss.

“This game we struggled a little defensively,” he said. “We started hitting the ball in the end. We had a little comeback there but we came up a little short.”

Durocher felt that his team’s sluggish start did not help matters.

“We just came out flat and it felt like it,” he said. “We’ll turn it around for the tournament this weekend, I hope. That’s baseball.”