Baseball: IM routs L’Anse in West PAC matchup

Iron Mountain’s Caleb Evosevich-Hynes slides safely into first against L’Anse on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Iron Mountain, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

IRON MOUNTAIN — An error-riddled outing doomed L’Anse as Iron Mountain won its first conference game 17-5 on Thursday.

The Mountaineers (3-2), playing in the West PAC, scored five runs in the first and added seven in the third to cast the mold for the game. L’Anse made eight errors on the night including four in the first inning.

Gavin Goulette hit a two-run single in the first. Bryce Pietrantonio had an RBI single in the fifth. Zach Spera and Ian Anderson also had an RBI each.

Brent Aman started on the mound and pitched two innings. Caleb Evosevich-Hynes pitched the final three innings. Aman gave up three hits and two walks while striking out zero. Evosevich-Hynes gave up two hits and two walks while striking out six.

It was L’Anse’s first time playing outside this season.

Iron Mountain’s CJ Bolo dodges a pitch against L’Anse on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Iron Mountain, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

“Today was a little rough with the outcome. Today was our first time seeing the field,” L’Anse assistant coach Chris Boever said. “We’ve been practicing in the gym for a couple weeks. We were able to finally get in the back parking lot at the school. Overall I was pleased with our guys’ effort. A little shaky with our first time being on the field — it’s expected. Iron Mountain has had four, five games already so they were a little more prepared than us. We knew that coming in.”

Boever was acting head coach as head coach Chad Cischosz was unable to make the game. Assistant coach Tyler LaDuron also was not at the game.

Tanner Lane hit a double for the Purple Hornets. Lucas Kissel, Jake Haanpaa and Carter Tollefson had singles.

Thursday was Iron Mountain’s first time topping 10 runs in a game.

“Wet and cold. But again the team is coming out and improving every single game. I’m excited to just keep watching this,” Iron Mountain co-head coach Paul Julian said. “This is an exciting year for Iron Mountain. The program is evolving.”

The program is indeed evolving. Iron Mountain sat in the elements behind netting after the first-baseline dugout was demolished for dugout renovations. L’Anse occupied the third-baseline dugout.

New Major League Baseball-style dugouts will be constructed and is expected to be completed before the end of the month.

“LiUNA Local 1329 is graciously building these on their home field which is LiUNA Field and Gundlach Champion is donating all the materials to do so,” Julian said. “They’re going to be an in-the-ground Major League dugout, 33 feet by 16 feet with a field-level bench to sit by the fence.”

Julian said he liked the performances from both of his pitchers.

“Brent Aman and Caleb Evosevich did a wonderful job on the mound today,” he said. “They showed that we got even better pitching and rotation than what we expected this year. We have five or six pitchers this year and that makes us deep. The boys are hitting the ball well cold or hot. I’m happy about it.”

Mountaineers co-head coach Ed Felten said the team identity is starting to form.

“Our roles are going to get more defined,” Felten said. “People are coming off the bench and they’re hitting. People are coming off the bench and playing defense. They’re doing the things they gotta do. Coach Julian is right. We’re blessed with a solid five starters and we’re developing deeper into the pitching rotation.”

Iron Mountain hosts Negaunee on Monday.

L’Anse 041 00 — 5 5 8

Iron Mountain 517 04 — 17 6 3