Offensive explosion: Wolverine-Orbit finishes regular season on high note

Jamie Glenn/Daily Mining Gazette Wolverine-Orbit pitcher Darren Bausano readies to deliver a pitch during a game earlier this season against REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies. The two teams met in the season finale Tuesday with Wolverine getting the win.

WOLVERINE – Wolverine-Orbit had the final say in a free-hitting Twilight League game against REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies Tuesday night.

“It was a wild game, everyone hit the ball,” Wolverine player-manager Luke Paul said after his team’s 21-16 victory. “Probably the highest scoring one I can remember in my time in the league.”

It was the regular season finale and Wolverine-Orbit will now meet Dean Kangas State Farm in an opening round playoff game next Tuesday.

REL Inc. will go up against league champion Superior National Bank-Stanton on the same day.

After REL grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the winners tallied eight runs in the bottom of the inning.

A total of four walks and two hit batsmen were sandwiched around by key hits from Justin Norkol and Mike Saari.

Rel Inc. fought its way back into the game with four runs in the third inning to make it 8-5. Three walks and an error helped in the inning.

Wolverine added four more runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 12-5 lead.

The victors tacked on seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to nullify a six-run frame by REL Inc. in the top of the inning.

Zach Hill was the winning pitcher in a relief role. Grant Johnson was the losing hurler.

Norkol had a big 5-for-6 night at the plate to pace the Wolverine attack. Saari chipped in four raps and drove in four runs.

“Those two (Norkol and Saari) really swung the bats well tonight,” Paul said.

Paul and Brody Budweg collected three hits each. The latter drove in four runs, the former getting three more.