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REL, Garnet Garage pick up wins Tuesday

REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies’ Darren Nordstrom bats against Superior National Bank-Stanton on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Stanton Field in Stanton, Mich. SNB-Stanton catcher Kevin Bostwick, left, is also shown.. (Adam Niemi/Daily Mining Gazette)

STANTON — REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies overpowered SNB-Stanton 5-1 Tuesday in Twilight Baseball League action Tuesday.

REL Inc.-MT (4-4) found power from Michigan Tech hockey junior Brian Halonen, who homered in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 5-1 over SNB-Stanton.

Before the game, SNB-Stanton (6-2) won a game resumed from a rainout July 21 by an 11-1 score. But Stanton’s bats went silent in the second game. The Wildcats’ lone run came in the fifth inning when Carter Nettell scored while Conner Hannon was caught in a rundown between second and third.

REL Inc.-MT scored three runs in the second for the early lead.

Cole Jepsen pitched for the first time this season for the Wildcats. He struck out all seven batters faced.

Rory Anderson walked for REL Inc.-MT with one out in the fifth. Halonen stepped in the box after a strikeout by Sam Kariniemi and turned on a fastball, sending it comfortably over the left field fence. It was the only hit of the game for either team as all base runners for either team reached on hit-by-pitch, walks or error.

Despite the loss, SNB-Stanton clinched first place in the Twilight regular season with the victory on the complete July 21 game. REL Inc.-MT is two games behind the Wildcats in second. Garnet Garage-Subway and Dean Kangas-State Farm split their July 21 game and Tuesday’s originally scheduled game, and remain tied for third, three games behind Stanton.

DK-State Farm visits SNB-Stanton at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Stanton Field to close out the regular season. Garnet Garage-Subway visits REL Inc.-MT at Driving Park in the other matchup.

The league tournament is Sunday, Aug. 23 at Stanton Field with the No. 1 seed facing the No. 4 seed at 11 a.m. The No. 2 seed faces the No.3 seed at 1:30 p.m. The league championship game is 4 p.m.

REL Inc.-MT 030 02 — 5 1 1

SNB-Stanton 000 01 — 5 0 2

Garnet Garage-Subway 6, Dean Kangas-State Farm 2

HANCOCK — Garnet Garage-Subway scored five runs in the first to take early command in a 6-2 win against Dean Kangas-State Farm.

Garnet Garage-Subway (3-5) was helped in the first by a two RBI-single from Reed Heathman.

Dean Kangas-State Farm threatened in the first and second but hit into a rally-killing double play in the first and stranded a combined three runners in scoring position in the first two innings. State Farm stranded three more in scoring position in the last three innings of the five-inning contest.

State Farm scored twice in the fifth to narrow the deficit, but a fielder’s choice groundout and strike ended the game.

Dave Wesa doubled twice for State Farm. Jason Koski and Jay Daavettila each singled. Carson Turner had two singles.

GG-S 501 00 — 6 5 0

DK-State Farm 000 02 — 2 6 0

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