Portage Lake knuckles down over Wolverine

STANTON – Glenn Mitchell provided the hitting and Mike Olson the pitching Saturday afternoon as Portage Lake downed Wolverine in the second game of the annual oldtimers baseball series.

The 6-3 win by PL gives them a 25-22 advantage in the long series.

Mitchell drove in four runs and became the first player in the series to homer in consecutive games.

Olson shut down the northend team on just five hits by using a mixture of slow curves and knuckleballs.

“Mike (Olson) really pitched a smart game today,” Portage Lake manager Paul Bianucci said. “He kept Wolverine off-balance most of the game … and he didn’t walk a single batter.”

After Wolverine grabbed a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first, PL came back in the bottom of the inning when Mitchell cranked a long two-run homer.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth when the winners reached Wolverine starter Andy Heikkinen for five straight hits.

RBI singles by Jed Pollard, Mitchell and Gordie Rintala made for a 5-3 lead.

A RBI single by Mitchell plated another tally in the fifth.

Wolverine plated its trio of runs in the opening inning on singles by Jim Oikarinen and Heikkinen and a double by Greg Patrick.

“We just stopped hitting after the first inning,” Wolverine manager Jim Oikarinen said. “Olson checked us pretty well and had some real good fielding support. And Mitchell killed us again.”

Heikkinen allowed 12 hits, walked one and fanned five in defeat. Olson recorded three strikeouts.

Mitchell collected three hits, while Gary Guisfredi, Rintala and Bianucci picked up two hits each for the winners.

Heikkinen and Pete Oikarinen had two raps apiece for Wolverine.