Pitcher Steve Hintsala mows down 13 batters for Marquette County Mavericks

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — Steve Hintsala struck out 13 over five innings to help the Marquette County Mavericks even their record at 1-1 with a 17-4 victory over the Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen in a Superiorland Baseball League game played Monday.

Also Monday, Jill Leonard-State Farm broke a tie with four runs in the fifth for a 10-6 win over the Negaunee Blasters.

Next Monday, CBCH plays the Gwinn Travelers in Gwinn, the Mavericks face the Blasters in Negaunee and Jill Leonard-State Farm plays at the Channing Railroaders.

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Marquette County Mavericks 17, Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen 4

Playing in Gwinn, Hintsala scattered three hits, while Mavs’ reliever Riley Lynch didn’t give up a hit and fanned four in the final two innings.

Steve Daavettila started and took the loss for CBCH (1-1), while Gabe Daavettila and Mark Anderson worked in relief.

The winners’ Hunter Larson went 4 for 4 with two homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored.

Lynch and teammates Jeremy Rae, Jake Spear and Brad Jalonen, along with Coldwell’s Steve Daavettila, each collected two hits. Lynch scored four times, Rae three times and Daavettila homered and walked.

Coldwell-Craig Heinonen actually took the lead early. After the Mavericks’ Steve Larson scored in the top of the first inning, CBCH’s Paul Storm singled and rode home on Daavettila’s homer to make it 2-1.

But in the next two innings, the Mavericks scored seven runs to make it 8-2, while in the bottom of the third, Storm and Steve Daavettila scored on a Kyle Storm single.

The Mavs countered with four-run rallies in the final two innings, including a three-run homer by Larson in the seventh.

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Jill Leonard-State Farm 10, Negaunee Blasters 6

At Irontown Field in Negaunee, JLSF broke a 5-5 tie with fifth-inning rally that featured five walks and a key run-producing single.

Reliever Shane Johnston got the pitching victory, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing one run on one hit with two walks and three Ks. Starter Ben Murphy allowed five runs on six hits as he fanned six and walked five.

For the Blasters (0-2), Dre Tuominen started and gave up five runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Negaunee opened the scoring with four runs in the top of the first before State Farm (2-0) answered with two in the second and three in the third to take a 5-4 lead. The Blasters tied the score with another run in the fourth.

Zach Sorelle led the winners, going 2 for 2 with a double and scoring a run, while teammate Kyle Motyka was 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.