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Garnet Garage sinks Coldwell Banker, 8-2

Garnet Garage’s Coy Budweg pitches against Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker in a Twilight League game Tuesday in Houghton. (Eddie O’Neill/The Daily Mining Gazette)

HOUGHTON — Consistency. That’s been the name of the game for the Garnet Garage squad as they sit atop the Copper Country Twilight League standings. With an 8-2 win Tuesday over Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker, Garnet remains perfect at 3-0. Meanwhile CHCB falls to 2-2.

Garnet’s consistent bats scored in four of their six innings at the plate and played consistent defense in the field.

“We did not make errors in the field and Coy (Budweg) pitched great allowing only soft contact and ground balls for (CHCB),” said Garnet’s player-manager Kevin Bostwick.

Budweg threw six innings recording nine strikeouts and six walks. Carter Crouch closed out the game.

Bostwick was the first to cross home for Garnet after reaching first base on a fielder’s choice. He was 3 for 4 at the plate and had three runs for his team. Catcher Mike Saari got the first RBI of the night with a hit up the middle of off CHCB’s starter Owen Kariniemi.

Garnet tallied two more in the second in a similar fashion. Crouch reached on an error and two batters later left fielder Will Romano knocked him in. Then Bostwick came through by bringing leadoff hitter Justin Norkel in on a single to left center.

Craig Heinonen got their first of two runs in the top of the third. It was then that leadoff hitter Eric Anderson walked and then cross home on a Carson Turner base hit three batters later. It was a 3-1 Garnet tilt after three.

Garnet made it a 6-1 game after a big fourth inning. With two men on, Bostwick earned his second and third RBIs on the night with a two bagger into the right field gap. Saari then brought Bostwick in with a base hit of his own.

While CHCB would score again in the sixth, it wouldn’t be enough to catch up to Garnet who put the nail in the coffin with a four-run sixth inning.

“We had a couple of errors and didn’t hit the ball well tonight,” said CHCB player-manager Ross Kinnunen. “We need to work on defense. All year we’ve been struggling on the defensive side.”

The Twilight League is off ahead of the Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament will take place this weekend at the ballfield in Stanton Township. Besides the Twilight League’s five teams, the tournament also includes the Channing Railroaders as they have in years past. The championship game is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A tournament schedule is in the scoreboard section on page 6B.

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