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Houghton falls in Over 50 softball to South Range

Paul Peterson/For the Gazette Chassell first baseman Jim LaChance waits for a throw in Thursday’s Over 50 Softball game versus Tapiola.

TAPIOLA — South Range handed Houghton its first defeat of the Over 50 Softball League season Thursday night.

Range scored a 10-8 win in the battle of old foes in a game that featured several lead changes.

Joe Rossi was the winning hurler, with Scott Madajewski taking the loss.

Brien Ricci and Dick Franti laced out three hits each for 4-3 Range, with Dave Fehringer, Jim Puotinen and Glenn Mitchell adding two more raps.

Dave Eikenberry and Jed Pollard picked up three hits for 6-1 Houghton. Jim Perron, Dave Hoffman and Jerry Fish all had two raps.

Chassell moved into second place with a 13-4 win over Tapiola.

Pat Duguay, Darryl Putala and Jay LeClaire had three hits apiece for the victors. Jim LaChance and Charlie Kemppainen added two raps.

Fehringer was the only Tapiola, 0-7, player with two hits.

Steve Giddings was the winning pitcher, Len Juntunen took the loss for Tapiola, which held a 2-0 lead going into the fifth inning.

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