REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies earns second win

Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette Dean Kangas-State Farm’s Luke Paul delivers a pitch during a game against REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies in Twilight League action Thursday at the Hanccock Driving Park.

HANCOCK — REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies moved to 2-0 in Copper Country Twilight League action on Thursday as the defeated Dean Kangas-State Farm, 5-2, at the Hancock Driving Park. For REL, the win was their second of the young season as they defeated Dean Kangas on Tuesday as well.

“We were hitting the ball well, fielding well and been having great pitching,” said player-manager Tyler Loukus.

On the mound for REL was Sam Karaniemi who threw scoreless ball through six innings. Former Wolverine-Orbit standout Luke Paul was on the mound for his new team, Dean Kangas. Both pitchers did very well as they threw strikes and allowed their fielders to do their work behind them.

Paul ran into problems the bottom of the third inning as Tyler Loukus led off with a walk. Rory Anderson and Dean Loukus both followed with base hits. With bases loaded, Tyler Loukus and then Anderson made it home on wild pitches by Paul.

Brian Halonen then hit into a fielder’s choice to second base as Dean Loukus came home, giving REL a three-run advantage.

REL tacked on two more in the sixth. It again started with a walk to Karaniemi. Travis Pietila then followed with a base hit up the middle. With two men on, Travis Loukus struck out, but Anderson through with a long sacrifice fly ball to center that scored Karaniemi.

Dean Loukus then slapped a single over the second baseman to knock in Pietila. The score was 5-0, but State Farm had one more shot in the top of the seventh.

Travis Wesa started things off with a hard hit ball to short that was bobbled, and he was on at first. Next up was Paul who blasted a home run to right-center and State Farm was on the board with two runs and two outs.

“I got all of it,” said Luke, “or just enough to clear the fence. It felt good.”

Brian Juopperi then walked. Brandon Teichman got a base hit through the left side, and Brady Turner became the winning run at first base as he singled to right center.

However Jason Koski could not bring anyone home as he grounded out to end the threat.

“It was a tough loss,” said State Farm player/manager Juopperi. “We need some batting practice to get those bats going.”