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Portage Lake Majors Fall in State Tourney Semifinal – Thursday Sports Wrap

Little League League Baseball

The Portage Lake Little League Majors team ended its run in the state tournament yesterday morning with an 11-1 loss to Roosevelt Park in the semifinals. Roosevelt Park struck early and often, scoring three runs in the first, third and fourth innings, and adding two in the fifth. Portage Lake managed just two hits, by Brody Donnelly and Joel Durocher. Tevin Stukel scored the team’s only run in the fourth inning. Roosevelt Park will face Taylor North for the title today.

If you would like to support the team’s trip downstate, you can contribute through their GoFundMe page here.

Slow Pitch Softball

In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League action last evening…
• Pat’s Foods/Buckos dropped both of its games, falling 25-5 to Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics, and 22-17 to Downtowner Two.
• Bucko’s/Labatts edged Paul Hyrkas Construction 23-21. The result of the Hyrkas Construction game against Sayen’s Auto/Coca Cola was not reported.

Fast Pitch Softball

In the final Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball League game of the regular season, Crush-Diamond House-Baby E’s scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning, and cruised past Superior Service 11-3. Sarah Audette struck out six to earn the win on the mound, and also hit a pair of doubles. Emily Jokela added two singles for Crush. Josie Connors led Superior Service with two doubles and a single, and Raili Therrian had a couple of doubles.

The Fast Pitch League tournament will begin next week. On Monday, Superior National Bank will take on JB’s at the Bone Yard, and Superior Service will face Tervo Agency at the Chassell field. The winner of the Chassell game will play Crush on Tuesday at the Bone Yard. The championship game will be played Monday, August 2nd, at the Bone Yard.

Twilight League Baseball

In Copper Country Twilight Baseball League play tonight…
• Northern Driveline faces Houghton Building Supply-Stanton at the Stanton field.

College Basketball

The Finlandia University men’s basketball team has added a new recruit. B.J. Williams is transferring in from Penn State Shenango, where he averaged 10 points per game. He played high school ball in Youngstown, Ohio.


Dennis Cholowski is no longer a Detroit Red Wing. Detroit’s first-round pick in the 2016 draft was taken by the new Seattle Kraken in yesterday’s NHL expansion draft. Cholowski split time between Detroit and the Grand Rapids Griffins last season.

This year’s NHL entry draft begins tomorrow. The Wings have the sixth pick in the first round.


The Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight game last night, defeating the Texas Rangers 4-2. Matt Manning allowed two runs on four hits over six innings to earn the win. Texas put runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but Gregory Soto retired Charlie Culbertson on an infield ground out to claim the save. Robbie Grossman, Zack Short and Akil Baddoo homered for Detroit.

The Tigers host the Rangers again this afternoon. Tyler Alexander will start against Mike Foltynewicz. Coverage will begin at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

Since Manning had been assigned to Toledo to keep him active over the All Star break, he had to be reinstated to the roster for yesterday’s contest. Reliever Alex Lange was sent down to make room. The Tigers also officially released outfielder Nomar Mazara, who had been designated for assignment last week.

The Milwaukee Brewers lost 6-3 to the Kansas City Royals yesterday. Eric Lauer allowed two runs over five innings. Milwaukee scored three in the bottom of the fifth to take a brief lead, but KC responded with three off Brent Suter in the top of the sixth to take command. Suter suffered the loss.

The Brewers have today off, and open a home set against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow night. Freddy Peralta will pitch against Lucas Giolito.

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