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Mattila, SNB Advance to Fast Pitch Final – Thursday Sports Wrap

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Verlander
Verlander
Rodriguez
Rodriguez

MLB
The Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the ninth inning, and defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-1 yesterday afternoon. The loss spoiled a strong effort by Justin Verlander, who gave up a solo home run to Joe Mauer in the first inning, and allowed just one more hit through the eighth. He struck out nine. Detroit also scored in the first inning, on a solo homer by Ian Kinsler. Francisco Rodriguez retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth, but then gave up a solo home run to Max Kepler, and a two-run shot to Eddie Rosario.

The Tigers open a series against the White Sox in Chicago tonight. Mike Pelfrey will pitch against James Shields. Hear the first pitch at 8:10 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.

Lucroy
Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs, as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 last night. The Brewers pounded out 12 hits, and took advantage of nine walks. Starter Chase Anderson struggled again, giving up three runs while needing 86 pitches to get through just four innings.

The Brewers conclude that set in Pittsburgh tonight. Matt Garza will pitch against Francisco Liriano.

Lucroy continues to be the subject of trade rumors. ESPN reported yesterday that the Cleveland Indians were trying to work out a deal for the Milwaukee catcher.

Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball
Softball GraphicMattila Rock and Dock and Superior National Bank will play for the Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball League championship, after recording victories in the semifinals last night.

Mattila scored eight runs in the third inning, and went on to a 17-10 victory over Northern Michigan Land Brokers. Mel Baker was the winning pitcher, and Hannah Hill took the loss. Darla Mensch had four hits for Mattila, and Baker, Shantel Lorenz, Heather Mensch, and Alex Jahfetson each had three hits. Hill, Shannon Impola and Laura Kangas each had two hits for Northern.

Rosalie Anderson’s out-of-the-park grand slam powered Superior National Bank’s 8-3 win over Auto Pro Glass and Tire. Auto Pro scored three times in the first inning to take an early lead, but was shut out the rest of the way by Adena Anderson and Rosalie Anderson. Rosalie’s blast off Sarah Audette came in the sixth inning, as SNB scored six times to take the lead.

Mattila Rock and Dock and Superior National Bank will meet Friday evening at 7:00 at the Chassell field for the championship, and the Holly McCullah Memorial Trophy.

Twilight League
In Copper Country Twilight League baseball tonight…
– Dean Kangas-State Farm meets Pat’s Food-Mosquito Inn at the Hancock Driving Park.
– Wolverine-Orbit plays the Copper Country Miners at the Wolverine field.
Both games begin at 6:30.

Red Wings LogoNHL
Brad Richards announced his retirement yesterday, after 15 seasons in the NHL. He signed with Detroit as a free agent a year ago, but struggled to the worst season of a career which saw him win both the Conn Smythe and Lady Bing Trophies in 2004. He still has 15-million dollars in salary due over the next 10 seasons from the New York Rangers. Red Wings officials had announced in May that they did not intend to bring him back this season.

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