Doubleheader sweep for Bucko’s/Labatt’s

HOUGHTON – Bucko’s/Labatt’s slugged its way to two Copper Country men’s slowpitch league victories in the heat Wednesday.

In the opener at Hurontown, Bucko’s/Labatt’s overcame a bad start (11 runs against in the first inning), scoring 14 in the third to beat Osmose/Erickson-Crowley-Peterson 32-19.

Aron Butkovich went 5-for-5 with a triple, while George VanDenburg was 5-for-6 with a double. Kevin Tormala, Jordan Johnson and Joel Vertin had four hits apiece.

In the nightcap, Bucko’s/Labatt’s put away Pat’s Foods 25-8. Butkovich, VanDenburg and Dave Frantti all went 4-for-5, with VanDenburg recording three extra-base hits.

Matt Hampton tripled twice in a three-hit outing, while Tormala and Matt Kilpela had three hits as well.

For Pat’s, three players had two hits apiece.

McGann’s/Northern Auto remained perfect in league play with a 31-16 win over Rippa Products.

Both Brian and Dan Juopperi had six hits, while Dan doubling three times and Brian twice. Steve Aho and Aaron Cosellian had five hits and a home run apiece, while Jason Koski notched four hits.

Downtowner 2 held off Miller’s Lanes/The Edge/906 Enterprises 12-11. Tim Engman’s 4-for-4 day was key in the win, while three players kicked in three hits apiece, including Mike Bellmore, who homered.

Rod Barnes, Dan Eikenberry and D.J. Schmitt recorded four hits apiece in defeat. D.J. Coponen and Ray Thomas had three singles apiece.

Team 7 remained in second place in the league with a 19-15 win over Legion Post 90..

Four Post 90 players had three hits. Joe Rivest had a homer and two doubles, while Kevin LaRoux added a triple and two singles. Both Bobby LaRoux and Dean Scherbring had three singles.