Keweenaw Seniors win best-of-three series
HOUGHTON – A big comeback and a fortuitously timed double play helped Aspirus Keweenaw defeat Baraga Drive-In 9-8 in the decisive game of a Senior division baseball playoff series at L’Anse Township Park.
Drive-In led 8-2 after three innings and continued to hold the advantage into the fifth but Keweenaw sent 12 men to the plate in the fifth and took the lead with seven runs.
In the bottom of the seven, Drive-In’s first two runners reached before an infield popup for the first out. Next, second baseman Robert Erkkila tracked down a flare into center then doubled the runner off second to end the game and the series.
Drive-In forced the third game in the best-of-three by winning game two of the series 12-2. Keweenaw took the opener 8-0.
In the Portage Lake Little League Minor playoffs, Cole Lystila drove in the winning run for a 7-6 walk-off victory by the Portage Health Green Sox over Thrivent Financial.
The Green Sox overcame a rough patch pitching to tie the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Dylan Horning had a single and an inside-the-park homer for the winners. Jonah Horning was 3-for-3 and Brandon Gagnon had a pair of singles.
Tyler Sayen delivered an RBI single for Thrivent.
Andrew Kinnunen pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth to help South Range VFW defeat Superior Service 3-2 in another quarterfinal. Emmett Larson had an inside-the-park home run for Superior Service and struck out eight in the final three innings, but VFW already had the 3-2 lead. Saar Bar-Ziv had two RBIs and Brent Heinonen scored the game-winning run after hitting a triple in the third. Kade Farrell was the winning pitcher, surrendering just two runs in four innings of work.
Brad Johnson homered twice as Auto Pro Glass and Tire defeated Kissel Chevrolet 9-6.
Chad Nordstrom doubled, scored twice and drove in three runs in addition to slamming the door by striking out six of the last eight batters.
For Kissel, Brandon Norkol had a pair of hits and Eli Salo doubled.
Dean Jurmu delivered four strong innings for Tervo Insurance, a 6-2 winner over Houghton Rotary. He had help from strong defense, including a fine catch in centerfield from Kyle Primeau in the third and a grounder scooped up deep in the hole by Nolan Sturos in the fourth.
Sturos and Primeau had a pair of hits apiece.
For Rotary, Nate Hiller also had a strong outing, striking out seven in four innings. David Olson led the Rotarians with a pair of hits.
On Wednesday, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union beat Superior Service 10-2 for the Major division softball title. Delaney Heinonen pitched a complete game and struck out 11.
Kelly Kirk went 2-for-3 for the winners.