NEGAUNEE - Adam Gannon was far from dominant, but the Tri-City North Stars hurler sure got the job done Wednesday night.
The lanky righthander allowed six hits and walked three in seven innings, but he also gave up just a single run and struck out five in a 3-1 Wishigan League victory over the Channing Railroaders at the Negaunee Irontown Field.
"I walked more than I wanted, but my fastball was good. I got control of that," Gannon said in improving to 3-1 on the season.
Tri-City North Stars runner Zach Niemi, right, slides into second base as Channing fielders Lane Holsworth, left, and Barry Holsworth try to cover during their Wishigan League game played Wednesday at the Negaunee Irontown Field. (Journal photo by Elizabeth Bailey)
He may have been at his best in the seventh. After allowing an infield single to Andy Herro and a single to left by Cody Berg to start the frame, Gannon struck out Lane Holsworth and J.J. Fende before inducing Wade Holsworth to hit a pop foul to first to end the game.
"I knew they were guys I had to go after and bear down on," he said. "I went with my two-seam fastball, which had a lot of movement."
Added Tri-City player-coach James Larsen II: "He made the pitches when he had to. It sure was nice to see our starter have enough gas to finish."
Gannon gave up a leadoff double to right-center by Lane Holsworth and an RBI infield hit by Wade Holsworth in the first inning before shutting the door on the Railroaders.
"He didn't walk many. He did his job," Channing player-manager Barry Holsworth said of Gannon.
The Tri-City hurler also had some good fielding behind him, especially from Larsen. The latter made a diving catch in center field to end the third inning with runners at second and third and the score tied 1-1.
"I saw the ball well off the bat," Larsen said. "You have to go for a play like that.
"My right contact lens blurred up on the play, but I was still able to make the catch.
Said Barry Holsworth: "That was a great play. (The North Stars) played good defense all night."
Tri-City (7-5 overall, 6-4 Wishigan League) only posted four hits, but scratched out enough runs for the victory.
Larsen drew a bases-loaded walk for one run; C.J. Lipisto brought home another run with a groundout to shortstop, then recorded a second RBI on an infield hit and an error by the Channing third baseman.
"We made the most of our hits," Larsen said. "We also had some smart, aggressive, baserunning. It was a good, old-fashioned game with good defense."
Cody Berg took the mound loss for Channing (10-4, 7-4) despite surrendering just the four hits and striking out eight. He walked five.
"It was only his second outing (of the season) and he did well," Holsworth said. "He threw the ball hard and his control was good."
Tri-City ends its regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday with a pair of make-up league games at Irontown Field against Crivitz, Wisconsin.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.