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Fast Pitch Softball
JB’s Sales and Service earned a decisive victory in the championship game of the Copper Country Fast Pitch Softball League tournament Saturday.
JB’s advanced to the final with a narrow 6-5 win over Tervo Agency in the first semifinal Saturday morning. After falling behind early, Tervo came back to tie the game late. JB’s plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Grace Brunet earned the win.
REL shut down Crush 14-1 in the second semifinal. Crush scored their only run in the top of the first inning, on an RBI single by Erin Gast. REL tied the game in the bottom of the first, then piled on three in the second, four in the third, and six in the fourth.
In the championship game, JB’s struck early, with five runs over the first three innings. They broke the game open in the top of the fourth, scoring 11 times, and sending 16 batters to the plate, on the way to a 17-3 victory. Grace Brunet earned her second win of the day, as JB’s claimed the Holly McCullah traveling trophy.
Slow Pitch Softball
The Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League tournament wraps up today at the Hancock Driving Park. Scores and schedules have not been provided.
The Tigers lost to the Blue Jays 5-3 Saturday. Drew Hutchison turned in a credible start, allowing one run over five innings. Things fell apart in the sixth, when newly-promoted reliever Derek Law gave up four runs. Law hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, committed an error, and served up a three-run homer as Toronto scored four times.
The Tigers visit the Blue Jays again today. Garrett Hill will start against José Berríos. Coverage begins at 11:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
Law was activated from the taxi squad after Friday’s starter, Bryan Garcia, was sent back to Toledo.
Matt Manning is expected to rejoin the Tigers’ pitching rotation this week. He’s been out since mid-April with shoulder inflammation. Wily Peralta could also return from the injured list this week.
The Brewers used a late surge to power past the Red Sox 9-4 Saturday. Omar Narváez, Hunter Renfroe and Tyrone Taylor homered for Milwaukee. Eric Lauer gave up a run over five innings and earned the win. Devin Williams shut out the Sox in the eighth for his 30th consecutive scoreless appearance.
The Brewers play in Boston again this afternoon. Aaron Ashby will start against Josh Winckowski.