Prep baseball: Miners rally to spoil Houghton’s only home date

HOUGHTON – Weird things happen in Copper Country baseball, when it is even played at all.

After agreeing to play six-inning games to beat the cold and incoming darkness in Houghton’s first ever home baseball game, the Gremlins and Negaunee went nine innings in Game 1 on Wednesday thanks to timely hitting on both sides and untimely errors.

The Miners eventually prevailed, outlasting the Gremlins 12-10 after a two-run single from Jay Lori plated Tyler Jandron and Mark Anderson. The Miners were able to rally from an 8-1 deficit in third inning thanks to a dropped fly ball.

Game 2 got even stranger as it was called due to darkness in the fifth inning with the score tied 8-8.

Negaunee took a three run lead into the bottom of the decisive fifth frame, but a bases-clearing double from Reid Pietila led to a rare baseball tie.

The Gremlins are not scheduled to play another home game this season after their other previous home dates were cancelled due to weather.

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Redmen sweep Knights

At Marquette Wednesday, the Marquette Senior High School baseball team beat the visiting Norway Knights twice, 4-3 and 11-6.

In the opener, Marquette’s Brett Beauchamp tossed a three-hitter and allowed just one earned run over seven innings. He walked six and struck out four.

“Beauchamp threw really well,” MSHS head coach Todd Koski said. “We had some problems in the field today (with four errors in the first game), but Brett bailed us out.”

Gabe Apple led the Redmen, who trailed 2-0 after 3 1/2 innings, with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Teammate Jake Phillips plated two runs,

Mike Faull took the mound loss in relief. In two innings of work, he gave up a run, a hit and three walks while fanning three.

In the 11-6 Marquette win, the Redmen scored five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth to knock off the Knights.

“Our bats came alive and with some timely hitting with two outs in the third inning that propelled us to an early lead,” Koski said.

Brandon Lotterman went 3-for-3 and knocked in three runs to lead the MSHS offensive charge. Brendan Higbie added two hits and three RBIs while Trevor Koski – the coach’s son – posted two hits, three runs scored and an RBI.

Apple got the pitching triumph. He surrendered eight hits and three walks while striking out six in a complete-game effort.

Cody Carlson was tagged with the mound loss in relief. He gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks while striking out three over two innings.