Tied at the top: SNB-Stanton pulls even with win

Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette Superior National Bank-Stanton’s Justin Kirby connects with a pitch during a game against REL Inc.=Mohawk Technology Tuesday in Stanton.

STANTON — Superior National Bank-Stanton defeated REL Inc.- Mohawk Technologies, 7-3, in Twilight League action on Tuesday in a game that could be summed up in just two half innings.

For REL, it was the top of the fourth inning where they scored three runs. For SNB-Stanton, it was the bottom of the sixth where seven runs came across the plate.

“It was a good game that could have gone either way,” said REL’s player-manager Tyler Loukus. “Stanton is a good team and they hit the ball well. A couple of errors on our end certainly didn’t help our cause.”

Before REL’s big inning, the game was very much a pitching duel between REL’s Alan Jurmu and SNB-Stanton’s Eli Luoma. Neither pitcher was overpowering, but they were both consistent. They threw strikes that led to a lot of ground balls on the infield and a strike out here and there.

In the fourth, REL’s rally began with a Glenn Halonen single up the middle. Travis Pietala followed with a base hit of his own. Grant Johnson then walked to load the bases and set the stage catcher Rory Anderson. He came through with a three-run RBI double off the left field fence that cleared the bases. The inning ended a batter later.

It took two more innings for SNB-Stanton to catch up. In the bottom of the sixth, Erik Nettell started their seven-run rally with a base hit. Dax Durocher followed with a line drive single of his own. Catcher Kevin Bostwick knocked a run in with a single. Carter Nettell then tied the game with a misplayed ball to center that brought in the third run. Luoma helped his own cause with a RBI single that led to the go-ahead run to come in.

After the fourth SNB-Stanton run, Johnson came into pitch for Jurmu. Three more runs came in before the inning was over. They were able to hold off REL in the top of the seventh and secure the win.

“The bats came alive, and one run led to another and then another,” said SNB-Stanton’s player-manger Daron Durocher. “It just took that one inning as Eli pitched a good game.”

With the victory, Stanton moves to 6-3 and is tied for first with REL.

“That makes tonight’s win all the more important,” said Durocher.

There will be no Twilight games on Thursday. Coming up is the annual Leo Durocher Tournament which will be held the weekend of July12-14 in Stanton.