Baseball: Flivvers stifle Iron Mountain, 11-1

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford Flivvers bested rival Iron Mountain 11-1 on Thursday.

The Mountaineers scored its lone run in the first inning to take a short-lived 1-0 lead when CJ Dantes scored on a double by Zach Spera.

The Flivvers (11-12) responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Joe Murvich and Zachary Wood both picked up RBIs on doubles.

Kingsford hit 14 for 28 (.500) in the win. Luke Terrian was 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the fifth inning.

“We were hitting the ball really well,” Kingsford coach Lindeman said. “We were getting three, four hits in a row a lot of times. Maybe a walk in there. We are hitting the ball much better, which is a great thing to see.”

Iron Mountain was 5 for 18 (.277) in the game. Spera was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Kingsford added a run in the second along with three more in the third.

The teams completed the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. Then, Flivvers athletic director Al Unger called off the second game because of weather.

Austin VanPembrook started for the Flivvers. Marcus Maraccini and Ben Stanish pitched in relief. The three gave up a combined five hits with four walks and eight strikeouts.

A slew of players pitched for Iron Mountain since the team plays a doubleheader today. A new pitch count mandates rest for players who pitch over various thresholds (three days rest for 76 or more pitches). They gave up a combined 14 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

“”We worked our rotation really well,” Iron Mountain coach Dek Forstrom said. “We used quite a few pitchers because we got two today in Bark River. Infield defense was strong and I thought we put the bat on the ball pretty well.”

The Flivvers are rolling as of late, winning four straight games including Thursday’s win over the Mountaineers. The win follows a doubleheader sweep against the strong Escanaba Eskymos on Tuesday and a split against Marquette on Monday.

“It’s hard to play those guys because I know everything they’re going to do,” Forstrom said. “Kingsford’s a good team. I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but we are building a new program. We’re trying different things, players at different positions.”

Lindeman said the team has become sharper after being able to practice during the week again as the schedule lightened. He said the practices have made all the difference, like he knew it would.

“Like I said before, towards the end of the season, I think we’re going to play some good ball going into the tournament,” Lindeman said. “We’ve been able to practice a lot more. We were able to practice three times last week coming into the Escanaba game. I think that totally showed at the Escanaba game. Then we had two good games at Marquette.”

Kingsford hosts North Central on Monday.

Iron Mountain plays at Bark River-Harris today.