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Diamonds hand loss to Indians

June 27, 2008
The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - Dustin Mattson and Brad Macario led the Negaunee Diamonds to a 4-3 win over visiting Gladstone Thursday for a split of an American Legion baseball doubleheader.

In the first game, the Indians took a 9-5 triumph.

Mattson allowed but three hits and three runs - one earned - in 5 innings of mound work. He also belted an RBI-double in the third.

Teammate Brad Macario hit a two-run single in the first and knocked in a run on a sacrifice in the third.

Zach Uren picked up a save for Negaunee by retiring all four batters he faced.

Gladstone's Cody Darling took the mound loss, giving up four runs and four hits for the indians. Relievers Kevin Thompson and J.J. Beauchamp each pitched two innings of shutout ball.

In the first game, Thompson backed winning hurler Shane Garvey with two doubles for Gladstone.

Garvey pitched 5 innings, stringing out five hits while allowing but one earned run. Thompson and Cory Murry came on in relief for Gladstone to finish out the game.

Jamie Alwarden collected a single and a double for the winners, who used six sacrifice bunts to build a 6-2 lead.

Tyler Nault went 3-for-4 for with a run scored for Negaunee. Tyler Olinske added a two-run double.

Olinske shouldered the loss, allowing six runs and seven hits in six innings.

Wednesday, Tyler DesJardins blasted a close game in the fourth inning wide open and the Diamonds toppled Iron Mountain, 18-2, in a five-inning, mercy-rule game Wednesday.

With the score 6-2 heading into the Diamonds' half of the fourth, Negaunee put 12 runs on the board.

The highlight came off the bat of DesJardins, who hit a grand slam to help his own cause.

Pitching in relief of Steve Ludlum, DesJardins earned the win by allowing just one hit in 11 baserunners faced.

Ludlum allowed both runs on three hits in two innings of action.

Pitching for Iron Mountain, Anthony Maule took the loss. He allowed seven runs on four hits and three walks. In relief, Nelson Palomaki gave up 11 runs on nine hits and five walks.

Leading the Diamonds at the plate were Nault, Uren and Kyle Fowler, who each went 2-for-4. Olinske added a home run.

Palomaki and Derek Harrington each went 1-for-3 at the plate for the Golds.

Ben McClellan had a first-inning home run, giving Iron Mountain a 2-0 lead.



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