Negaunee Miners baseball team splits at Calumet

Negaunee’s Mark Anderson pitches during a doubleheader at Calumet on Wednesday. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Paul Peterson)

CALUMET — The Negaunee baseball team picked up a split with Calumet Wednesday afternoon as the Miners won the first game 6-3, but fell in the second 13-3.

“I thought we played really well overall,” Miners head coach Jason Siik said. “The second game didn’t go the way we wanted, but I thought in the first game, we showed a lot of focus. Everybody hit the ball well and they’ve all been working hard in practice, so it was nice to see our sticks wake up. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.”

Despite playing on the road, Negaunee served as the home team in the opener and scored three runs in the bottom of the first. The Miners padded their lead to 6-0 with two in the third and another in the fourth.

Calumet rallied with three runs in the fifth, but Miners pitcher Mark Anderson dug in and completed the win for Negaunee, giving up four hits and racking up nine strikeouts.

Erik Voskuhl led the Miners offensively, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while Elek Kallioinen had two hits and a run scored. Shane Ring had an RBI double for Negaunee.

The nightcap didn’t go as well for the Miners. The Copper Kings led 5-0 after one and although NHS got one run back in the second, Calumet couldn’t be stopped.

Carter McCracken took the loss for the Miners, giving up eight runs on six hits with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of work. Voskuhl had another big game at the plate, going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Anderson went 2 for 3 with a run scored, while Brock Aho went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is