REL Mohawk Technology is the regular season and tournament champions!
Three games determined a Twilight League baseball champion at Wildcat Field in Stanton Township yesterday. The matchups were influenced by a strong, swirling wind blowing in during the semifinal round. The one-seed, REL Mohawk Technology, played with fire early. Pitcher Alan Jurmu stranded two Stanton Wildcats in the top of the second inning, another in the third, and one in the fourth inning, before the offense roared to life.
Right fielder Brent Loukus led off the bottom of the fourth for REL Mohawk Technology with a double to left field, just the team’s second hit of the game at that point. Shortstop Rory Anderson reached and they were plated by consecutive singles from Brian Halonen and Alex Nordstrom. The team scored four more in the fifth, plus four in the sixth to call the game early. Ten-nothing was the final over Houghton Building Supply-Stanton.
The second semifinal was Garnet Garage and Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker. The young pups led most of the way, entering the ninth up 4-3. Garnet Garage seemingly put the game out of reach with two in the top of the final frame. Catcher Mike Saari knocked in shortstop Justin Norkel with a single. Chris Saari had reached on a walk and he got to third on a sac fly from second sacker Brandon Norkel. Reid Heathman got him home on another sacrifice fly.
Chris Saari then took the mound hoping for a quick bottom of the seventh to preserve the 6-3 lead. He retired the eight and nine batters with strikeouts but a Brady Turner walk opened the flood gates. Brian Joupperi singled as did Carson Turner plating two. Luke Paul tied it and advanced to second on the throw home. He was knocked in by Scott Wesa to cap the frantic comeback. Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker won 7-6.
In the title game, Luke Paul hit a two-run homer to right field, the only four-bagger of the entire day, to put Coldwell Banker up early. They stretched their lead to 3-0 after the top of the fourth. REL Mohawk Technology had some more mid-inning magic, though. Alex Nordstrom had the go-ahead knock, putting the squad up 4-3 after four. Three more came around to touch home plate in the fifth, and Coldwell Banker couldn’t halt the momentum. They had just one runner reach in the final three innings combined.
No series win. No 500th home run. No second place. Those are the consequences after the Tigers fell 11-0 to Cleveland Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. Tristen McKenzie picked up just his second win of the season for the Tribe. Defense again proved an issue as Derek Holland gave up four runs, zero earned that really put the game out of reach. Miggy Watch continues. He went 0-3 with two strikeouts.
Christian Yelich doubled in Willy Adames in the third inning giving the Crew a 2-0 lead against Pittsburgh. It was enough to hold up as the Brewers took the 2-1 final. The teams combined for just 10 hits on the day. Milwaukee improves to 72-47, still in the running for the best record in the National League.
Promotions for the Tigers top prospects! Late Sunday, Detroit announced some of Erie’s big guns are headed to Triple-A Toledo, including Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson. The latter was the first round draft choice for the organization last year out of Arizona State.
Both Milwaukee and Detroit have today off.
The Pistons wrap up Summer League tonight at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. After losing to Oklahoma City and Houston, the team beat the Knicks and Lakers over the weekend. Their final opponent is Orlando. Number one pick Cade Cunningham and last year’s first rounder Killian Hayes both sat in the win against Los Angeles, the team’s last time on the court.
Listen for expanded high school football coverage this fall from Keweenaw Report Sports. Houghton games will air on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf. Calumet contests will air on the Voice of the Copper Kings, KBear 102.3. We’ll also carry all of Lake Linden-Hubbell’s football games, starting Thursday, August 26th when the Lakes visit the Gogebic Miners on KBear 102.3.