Baseball: Mavericks shut out Channing, 3-0
Increase SBL standings lead to 2 1/2 games
CHANNING — Marquette County scored twice in the fourth to support pitcher Steve Hintsala in a 3-0 Superiorland Baseball League win over Channing on Monday.
The Mavericks (8-0) cobbled together a pair of runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Hunter Larson and a sacrifice fly by Brad Jalanen. Marquette County added an insurance run in the seventh on a bases loaded walk.
The Railroaders (5-2) never got the bats going against Hintsala. He threw a complete game and gave up six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Many of Channing’s hits were soft flies or groundouts.
Kyle Sexton, Luke Holsworth, Ken Pekarek, Tyler Miller, Adam Niemi and Conor Berndt had hits for Channing.
Miller pitched a complete game for Channing and took the loss. He gave up nine hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
The win gives Marquette County even more breathing room in the standings ahead of the second-place Railroaders. The Mavericks’ lead extended to 2 1/2 games with one more regular season game remaining.
SBL play-in games are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 12 with the playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 17 in Negaunee.
Channing hosts Marquette County in a play-in game at 6 p.m. Aug. 12. Times for playoff games are TBD.
Coldwell Banker 11, State Farm 2
Starting on the mound for Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen in Superiorland Baseball League action at the Forsyth Township ball field, Steve Daavettila pounded out a six RBI night, including two home runs, including a grand slam to help his team top Jill Leonard-State Farm.
Daavettila went four innings on the mound, while Paul Storm and Kyle Storm finished the game off in relief and got Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen back to the .500 mark with a 4-4 record.
Paul Storm, who was 4 for 5 and added a dinger himself, credited his team for the offensive outburst and all-around performance.
“The last two games, our bats are starting to heat up a little bit,” he told Ryan Spitza of The Mining Journal. “We’re getting contributions through all nine guys. Steve had a good start, we played solid defense, I think we limited ourselves to just one error, and we just hit the ball well.”
After Daavettila worked his way through a quick, four-hitter first inning, CBCH plated two in the bottom half of the frame, the first on a groundout RBI from Kyle Storm that brought home Paul Storm, and the second on a double to left field from Gabe Daavettila which brought home Steve Daavettila.
Steve’s grand slam with one out in the second quickly made it 6-0.
ALSO: Blagec Heating topped the Negaunee Blasters 15-0 in four innings at Irontown Field in Negaunee. No details were made available.
Channing hosts State Farm at 6 p.m. Monday. Negaunee hosts Coldwell Banker and Marquette County hosts Blagec Heating.