Still on top: McGann’s retains top spot in slowpitch as rain shortens game with A&S
HANCOCK — Heavy rain halted a Copper Country Slowpitch Softball League game between A&S Industrial and undefeated McGann’s/Northern Auto, who fell one run short before the game was called on account of the rain, 14-14, at the Hancock Driving Park on Monday.
“We knew we had to play good defense because we knew we were playing a quick team, especially when we were a guy short today,” said Brian Juopperi of McGann’s. “We knew we had to come out and hit the ball (today) too. They’ve got some good outfielders on their team.”
A&S were first up to the plate and took advantage, grabbing a four-run lead.
Ethan Larson came in off of a hit to right field with one out. Rory Anderson scored the second run after tagging on a sacrifice fly. Anderson had a three-run game.
Tanner Givens and Jake Anderson scored two more runs before the inning was over.
“The game (had been) pretty good so far, (We’re) all tied up, but we’re getting rained out it looks like,” said Larson, pitcher for A&S. “Pitching went well, They are a good team so we want to beat them bad.”
McGann’s (15-0 overall) were held to just two runs through the first two innings. The first came from Juopperi, who led off with a walk. The next came after a single in the second inning.
A&S (10-5 overall) scored two more runs in the third as Rory Anderson and Tanner Givens both crossed home plate, pushing the lead to 6-2. However, the lead did not last.
McGann’s struck six times in the bottom of third. Dan Juopperi, Dave Wesa, Travis Wesa and Alan Jurmu all found home plate over the course of the inning.
In the fourth, A&S found a four more runs as Jack Sturos, Travis Pietila and Matt Yeo all crossed home plate in the rally.
“We need to get a little better at batting,” said Larson. “We had a few pop outs. Other than, that our batting’s been alright. Fielding is (going) pretty well. We definitely (need to) work on batting a little bit.”
Jason Koski added the lone run for McGann’s in the bottom of the fourth,
A&S added three more runs in the top of the fifth as Dawson Kero, Larson and Rory Anderson all scored, making the score 13-9.
McGann’s found a way to get three more runs home in the bottom half of the fifth. Brian Juopperi led the rally by reaching on an error.
Down just a run, McGann’s added two more in the sixth by taking advantage of a pair of early singles and a two-run single by Brian Juopperi.
Larson answered for A&S in the top of the seventh before the rain shortened the contest.
McGann’s will conclude their regular season next Monday.
“There ‘s only a couple of weeks left in the season,” said Brian Juopperi. “We’ll see if we can work in a few games or not before the playoffs start. Our next game will be the last game of the year next Monday, and we just have to come and hit the ball.”
No makeup date has been set yet to finish the contest.