Negaunee Old Timers beat the rain, Gwinn

GWINN – Negaunee made it two Old-Timers wins in two tries this summer after slipping past Gwinn, 8-5, on Thursday.

The teams beat a hasty retreat as a heavy rainstorm rolled through Gwinn in the home team’s final at-bat after Gwinn brought the tying run to the plate.

Roland “Foo” Koski got the pitching win, going all seven innings for Negaunee as he allowed five hits and six walks. Bob Snell worked the first six innings for Gwinn, allowing five runs – just two earned – on six hits and five walks. Eugene Menapace worked the seventh in relief.

Negaunee opened up a 4-0 lead with two runs in each of the first two innings. The first inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Gerry Pirkola after two errors, while Vic Romback tripled and Gary Klein doubled for RBIs in the second.

Gwinn’s Jim Ghiardi doubled following a hit batter and walk to cut the deficit to 4-1 before the teams traded runs in the sixth on run-scoring hits from Negaunee’s Edsel Syrjala, a double, and Gwinn’s Dan Fleury.

With skies threatening, Negaunee opened its lead to 8-2 in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by Dave Rice and RBI double by Steve Parkkonen.

The hosts answered in the bottom half with a two-run single by Art Hicks and run-scoring error to cut it to three. But Gwinn stranded two runners as George Ferguson hit a line drive to the outfield that was caught between raindrops to end the game.

Negaunee gets a week off to heal its bumps and bruises before traveling to Hurley Field in Marquette next Friday. The first time the teams met on July 10, Negaunee prevailed 9-5.