Houghton Building Supply powers to win over Northern Driveline
STANTON — One of Tom Durocher’s frustrations this year as head coach of Houghton Building Supply – Stanton Twilight League baseball team is that he is not sure who will be in his roster on any given night. That makes his job of putting together a consistent and familiar lineup card difficult each night before each game.
“I’ve had eight people on the bench at times that I’ve never coached before,” he said.
However, he found the magic nine on Thursday as Stanton downed Northern Driveline 12-4 in Twilight League action.
“Alex Tallman, our pitcher, kept his walks down, and our defense was much better tonight,” said Durocher. “We finally had the offense to back us up. We hit the ball hard.”
After the first frame, Northern Driveline was up by one, 2-1. However their lead didn’t last long as Stanton’s Eli Luoma cleared the fence with a blast to left field as part of a six-run third inning.
Stanton also took advantage of a number of misplays and walks from Northern’s starter Evan Larson.
“It felt great coming off the bat,” said Luoma on his first home run of the year. “I barreled up, and I knew that it was gone right away.”
In the bottom of the third, Northern’s Paul Raisanen added some fireworks of his own with a deep shot to left field that cleared the bases. The two-run shot made it a 7-4 game, but that is as close as Northern got.
Stanton added two more in the fourth and three more in the fifth to further their lead. Walks followed by base hits proved to be Northern’s late-inning demise.
In the fourth, a walk to Luoma was followed by an RBI double by Levi Frahm two batters later. In the fifth, two lead-off walks to Connor Hannon and Trent Keteri led to them both scoring several batters later.
Tallman, a pitcher for the Finlandia Lions, threw six innings with four strikeouts and gave up no walks. Luoma threw the seventh inning for Stanton and put Northern down one, two, three, for the 12-4 victory.