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Garnet Garage routs Stanton, 21-1

Garnet Garage’s Mike Saari bats against Houghton Building Supply-Stanton in Twilight Baseball League action Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Houghton, Mich. (Eddie O’Neill/The Daily Mining Gazette)

HOUGHTON — Garnet Garage made short order of Houghton Building Supply-Stanton on Thursday in Twilight League action with a 21-1 victory in just five innings.

The win included a six-run first inning and an 11-run second inning.

“I don’t think there was a player who didn’t get a hit tonight,” said Garnet’s first-base coach Rob Brooks.

He added Thursday’s game was a welcomed turnaround from their dismal performance two nights earlier when poor pitching and errors in the field led them to a 13-8 loss to Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker.

Stanton’s one and only shining moment was the top of the first when they jumped on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead. However, that’s as good as it got as Garnet countered with a six-run bottom-of-the-first rally. The boys from Garnet were dialed in on Stanton starter Trent Keteri who yielded three hits and three walks in the bottom of the first — all of which came home to score.

In contrast, Garnet’s starter Dean Jurmu hit his spots and allowed the ball to be put into play and converted into easy outs throughout the game. He had two inning where he faced just four batters with his consistent pitching.

Reed Heathman started Garnet’s second inning off with a triple — an ominous sign for Stanton of things to come. Then Will Romano, Mike Saari both walked to load the bases. Jurmu helped his own cause with a double to clear the ducks on the pond, and Chris Saari followed with a single. Nine runs came in without a single out recorded by Stanton.

Missed grounders did not help Stanton either. After all was said and done, seven players hit twice in the second frame alone. A Justin Norkel fly out to right field ended the bleeding.

Garnet played stellar defense to keep Jurmu in the game. He recorded two strikeout and just two walks for the win in the shorted five-inning mercy-ruled game.

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