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Flames drop pair to hard-hitting Iron Mountain

Copper Country pitcher Kade Farrell throws against Iron Mountain on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Iron Mountain, Mich. (Adam Niemi/The Daily Mining Gazette)

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Copper Country Flames fell victim to Iron Mountain’s hot hitting in a doubleheader loss on Sunday.

The Flames (3-6) had offense of their own, but couldn’t match the power Iron Mountain brought to the plate.

C.J. Bolo homered in the first game to power Iron Mountain (10-4) to a 6-1 win in the opener.

Bolo tripled in the second game to help IM tie the game 2-2 in the first inning en route to a 7-2 win.

Copper Country was held to one hit in the second game.

“Good clean day, good clean baseball,” Copper Country coach Robb Oldt said. “Much better than our last outing against Negaunee. First game, it was an even game. They hit the ball, we hit the ball. They found some holes, that was the difference. That and the Bolo bomb.”

Copper Country batters struggled to maintain rhythm throughout the day as Iron Mountain pitchers changed up the timing with a mix of fastball and offspeed.

“Everybody played well. I thought they played very well,” Iron Mountain coach Ed Felten said. “They’re a younger team than ours. We have good experience playing out.”

Copper Country found offense in pieces throughout the day, but never strung together a potent enough inning to make a dent in Iron Mountain’s lead. The Flames loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth before a groundout to second base ended the threat. The Flames’ lone hit in the second game was a single in the first inning by Dylan Horning.

“Good at-bats. We had some good battles at the plate. We had a few watched strike threes and I really can’t blame them,” Oldt said. “That’s not an excuse for losing, but that’s good plate discipline. I’m not upset with them. Pitching was very good for us today. We don’t have the ace that’s going to win for us. We have guys that will throw and keep us in the game. That’s what they did. Overall good day.”

Kade Farrell started on the mound in the first game for Copper Country. Eli Oldt and Horning pitched the second game.

Gannon Bray pitched the first game for Iron Mountain. Caleb Johnson, Nathan Bousley and Nolan Amundsen pitched the second game.

Copper Country visits Negaunee Wednesday for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

Iron Mountain visits Gladstone on Wednesday.

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