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Crush Advances to Fast Pitch Title Game – Wednesday Sports Wrap

High School

Houghton High School and Middle School have released the timetables for the start of fall sports.
• Football – Equipment issue will be held on Monday, August 2nd at 5:30 p.m. for all high school players. Football practice will begin on Monday, August 9th for all high school players.  Varsity AND JV players should report to the field house in time to be on the field ready to begin practice at 8:00 am.  Middle school equipment issue and the first day of practice will be on Monday, August 23rd.  Players should meet at the fieldhouse at 3:30 pm. 
• Volleyball – Varsity candidates should report to the high school gym on Tuesday, August 10th at 9:00 am.  Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. JV and freshman candidates should report to the high school gym on Wednesday, August 11th at noon. Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
• Cross Country – The first day of practice for all high school athletes will be on Monday, August 9th at 8:00 am.  Athletes should report to the area outside the auditorium entrance. Middle school cross country will begin on Monday, August 23rd at 8:00 am. Athletes should report to the area outside the auditorium entrance. Practice will conclude at 9:30 on the first day.
• Girls Middle School Basketball – Seventh grade girls basketball practice will begin on Monday, August 23rd. Practice will be held from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the middle school gym. Eighth grade practice will begin on Monday, August 23rd from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the middle school gym.

Houghton athletes and their parents should watch for more information about fall sports via email from FinalForms. Athletes must have their sports physical turned into the athletic office and be completely registered in FinalForms prior to participating.

Fast Pitch Softball

In Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball League play last night, Crush/Diamond House/Baby E’s scored 10 runs in the first two innings, and advanced to the tournament championship game with a 15-5 victory over Tervo Agency. The regular-season champs batted around in each of the first two frames. Tervo responded with two runs in the third, and two more in the fourth, but Crush tacked on two in the bottom of the fourth, and completed a mercy-rule win with three more in the fifth. Emily Jokela and Olivia Shank combined for the win. Laura Lyons had two doubles for Crush, Keirstyn Codere homered, and Mackenzie LaPage had a triple. Heather Huffmaster tripled for Tervo, while Mel Baker and Ashlyn Steer each had a double.

Crush will host Superior National Bank on Monday at 6:30 at the Bone Yard in the championship game. Pregame coverage will begin around 6:15 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Slow Pitch Softball

In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League play this evening…
• At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Paul Hyrkas Construction meets Pat’s Foods/Buckos at 6:30. Downtowner Two takes on Koppers at 7:30.
• At the Hancock Driving Park, Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics faces Sayen’s Auto/Coca Cola at 6:30, then takes on Bucko’s/Labatts at 7:30.

Twilight League Baseball

In Copper Country Twilight League baseball last night…
• REL-Mohawk Technology defeated Houghton Building Supply-Stanton 7-2.

MLB

Miguel Cabrera singled home Jonathan Schoop with the winning run in the top of the 11th inning, as the Detroit Tigers edged the Minnesota Twins 6-5 last night. Minnesota struck early, as Mitch Garver belted a grand slam off Tyler Alexander in the first inning. Alexander gave up all five Minnesota runs over four innings. Akil Baddoo’s solo home run in the third inning put Detroit on the board, but it took Eric Haase’s grand slam in the top of the ninth to force extra innings. José Cisnero got the win in relief, and Daniel Norris retired the Twins in order in the bottom of the 11th to earn his first save.

The Tigers visit the Twins again this afternoon. Wily Peralta will start against J.A. Happ. Coverage will begin at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

Michael Fulmer returned from the disabled list, and pitched a scoreless inning last night. To make room on the roster, the Tigers designated Ian Krol for assignment.

The Milwaukee Brewers pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 last night. The Crew put the game away early, with eight runs over the first two innings. Omar Narváez and Rowdy Tellez homered. Brett Anderson scattered three hits over six innings to earn the win.

The Brewers play in Pittsburgh again this evening. Adrian Houser will start for Milwaukee.

Milwaukee’s roster carousel heated up yesterday. Christian Yelich was placed on the injured list after a positive COVID-19 test. It’s a breakthrough infection – he was vaccinated this spring. His symptoms are mild. Jace Peterson joined him on the injured list because of contact racing results. Lorenzo Cain returned from the injured list, after missing two months with a hamstring strain. Utility man Pablo Reyes was called up from Nashville. Pitcher Devin Williams was also activated off the injured list, and Angel Perdomo was sent down to the Sounds. Travis Shaw and Dylan File were sent to Nashville for rehab assignments.

NFL

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has reported to Green Bay Packers training camp. The reigning NFL MVP has been the subject of considerable speculation over the summer, as he indicated he’d prefer to play elsewhere. There are reports that his restructured contract could allow him to leave Green Bay after this season. With Rodgers onboard, the Pack released quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Jake Dolegala.

Olympics

An Upper Peninsula native has won a silver medal at the Olympics. Delaney Schnell was born in Iron Mountain. She went to high school in Tucson, Arizona, and is now a student-athlete at the University of Arizona. She and partner Jessica Parratto finished second to a Chinese duo in the 10-meter synchronized diving competition.

Fishing

The Copper Country Walleye Association Angler and Young Angler Walleye Tournament will be held Saturday. Teams must include one adult and up to two anglers age 17 or younger. Sign-up sessions will be held at the Chassell boat launch Friday afternoon between 4:00 and 7:00, and Saturday morning between 7:00 and 8:00. Fishing will be open from 8:00 until 2:30. Download the form and see full rules here.

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