Thrivent throws hard in Minor win

HOUGHTON – Gaborik Carlson and JD Sebbas combined to strike out 13 Auto Pro Glass and Tire batters in a 7-4 Portage Lake Little League Minor (age 9-10) baseball win for Thrivent Financial.

Tyler Sayen had a three-hit night for the winners. Clayton Crist and Eric Anderson had two hits apiece.

For Auto Pro, Brad Johnson homered and Logan Sandel had a long triple.

The Portage Health Green Sox caught fire late, scoring 10 of their 13 runs in the fourth inning or later in a win over South Range VFW.

Bradon Gagnon and Ty Haataja had key hits in the Portage Health surge from 6-3 down at the midway point.

Rhea Bar-Ziv led the South Range VFW counterattack in the fourth before Portage Health finished with the 13-9 win.

In Stanton, a five-run first inning helped Superior Service create an early lead en route to a 9-7 win over Houghton Rotary.

Simon Rajala’s RBI single and Reid Heinonen’s RBI triple got Superior Service rolling in the first.

Houghton Rotary fought back with three runs in the third and fourth innings helped by timely hitting from David and Paul Olsen and a Camden Markham RBI triple.

Emmett Larson closed out the game, allowing one run and striking out six for Superior Service. Nate Hiller fanned seven for the Rotarians.

Wednesday, Pat’s Foods took down Superior Service in Major softball in Laurium.

Taylor Vertin went the distance, striking out seven and aiding her own cause with three hits. Molly Helminen, Alyssa Helminen and Andrea Kariniemi added two hits apiece.

Cassidy Rajala recorded a pair of hits, including an inside-the-park home run, for Superior Service.