Strong finish: Dean Kangas-State Farm closes season with win over Garnet Garage, 12-2

Paul Peterson/For the Gazette Carter Crouch of Garnet Garage heads home after a wild pitch in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game versus Dean Kangas-State Farm. DK-SF was a 12-2 winner in the Twilight League game at the Driving Park.

HANCOCK — Dean Kangas-State Farm scored right away Tuesday night against Garnet Garage on the way to 12-2 win at the Hancock Driving Park.

The game marked the end of the regular season in the Twilight League and enabled DK-State Farm to close with a 7-7 record.

Garnet Garage — comprised primarily of high school players — ended up with a 2-12 mark.

The eventual winners plated five runs in the first inning — a bases-clearing triple by Carson Turner the big blow.

Dean Kangas also cleaned the bases three innings later with a double.

“Those were the two key hits in the game for us,” DK-State Farm player-manager Bryan Juopperi said. “When they unload the bases …. they’re big hits.”

Garnet Garage managed single runs in the second and sixth inning.

Jason Koski was the starting and winning pitcher, giving up four hits.

Carter Crouch absorbed the setback, allowing nine safeties.

Garnet manager Joe Romano said his team learned the hard way this summer.

“We gave it our best, but the other teams in the league are way more experienced,” Romano said. “That makes a difference.”

Turner and Koski each had two hits for DK-State Farm.

The playoffs start Tuesday with Garnet facing regular season champion REL-Mohawk Technology.

DK-SF will go to Superior National Bank-Stanton in its playoff debut.

“It’s at that point in the season where if a team gets hot …. they can win it all,” Juopperi said.