NEGAUNEE - Pitchers Eric Lori and Dillon Tasson held visiting Superior Central High School batters in check on Friday.
Both tossed two-hit shutouts for Negaunee - Lori in a 16-0 mercy-rule win in the opener and Tasson in a 7-0 triumph in the nightcap.
Lori struck out five and walked one, Tasson fanned seven and walked one as the Miners improved to 11-7 on the season.
Negaunee High School’s Jay Lori throws a pitch during the top of the third inning against Superior Central at Irontown Field in Negaunee on Friday. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
Superior Central's Cody Maki swings at a pitch in the third inning against Negaunee at Irontown Field in Negaunee on Friday. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
Both received plenty of run support, especially Lori.
The Miners produced 17 total hits and took a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the opener.
"Negaunee hit the ball well," Cougars' manager Bill Maki said after his team fell to 3-9. "They're a good team with some good athletes.
"They came out bang-bang-bang with their bats early."
Negaunee held a 9-0 advantage after three innings, then put the game away with a seven-run explosion in the fourth behind a two-run single by Tyler LaJoie and a two-run double by Zane Radloff.
Lori recorded four hits in the game and scored twice, while Negaunee teammate Tyler Jandron added a pair of hits, came home three times and knocked in a run.
Cody Maki took the loss. He allowed nine runs and 11 hits in three innings of work, walking two and whiffing two.
Negaunee manager Mark Hill declined to comment on either game.
In the second contest, the Cougars loaded the bases in the opening inning with one out on a pair of walks and a single by Ian McInnis.
But Tasson got a forceout at home plate and a strikeout to end the threat.
"I thought we should have gotten on the board, but just didn't get it done," manager Maki said.
The Miners scored four runs in the second on an error, an RBI single by Bryce Beauchaine and two wild pitches.
Negaunee then made it 6-0 in the third off a wild pitch and a groundout to first.
Dustin Goupille posted two hits and scored a run for the Miners, with teammate Eric Wideman adding two runs scored.
SC nearly scored again in fifth inning.
With runners on second and third with two outs, Cody Maki hit a fly to deep left field that was ruled just outside the foul line by the home plate umpire.
Maki then popped out to third.
McInnes was tagged with the pitching loss.
In three innings, he gave up six runs, three hits and three walks.
"Ian did a good job out there," Bill Maki said.
"He changed speeds and kept (the Miners) off balance."
A bright spot for the Cougars was freshman hurler Jacob Flynn.
Over two innings, he allowed one run on three hits and fanned one.
"The first time he saw the mound was last Saturday," Maki said.
"He has a smooth delivery."
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