Marquette County Mavericks move atop Superiorland Baseball League standings

CHANNING — Steve Hintsala went the distance on the mound to lead the Marquette County Mavericks to a 3-1 victory at the Channing Railroaders on Monday night in the Superiorland Baseball League.

In the league’s other game, Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen defeated the Negaunee Blasters 11-8 as Steve Daavettila hit a two-run homer. Other details from the game weren’t available.

In Channing, the Mavericks won a coin toss to be home team, and by the end of the game took over first place in the league with a 5-1 record as the Railroaders slipped to 4-1.

Hintsala gave up one run on six hits and two walks as he struck out six, while Channing’s Kyle Sexton pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and a walk while fanning four.

“Solid defense and quality pitching were the tale of this ball game,” Mavs player-manager James Larsen II said. “Good, crisp, fundamental baseball was played by both squads.”

The Railroaders’ Lane Holsworth was the game’s leading hitter, going 3 for 4 with a double, while Hintsala and teammate Brad Jalonen were each 2 for 3. Hintsala added a double, RBI and scored a run, too.

Channing put up the first scoring threat, however, in the top of the first when Holsworth led off with a single but was caught stealing on a throw from Mavs’ catcher Spencer Larson. Ken Pekarek added another single and was successful stealing second but was left stranded.

The Railroaders’ Wade Holsworth was left on third after a one-out single in the second, while MM’s Jalonen made it home in the bottom of the second after a leadoff single and Ryan Hanson sacrifice fly.

The Mavericks added two more runs in the third for a 3-0 lead after Larsen singled and Hintsala and Aaron Adriano added RBI singles.

Lane Holsworth and Hintsala hit two-out doubles for their respective teams in the fifth but were stranded, then Brad Gustafson scored for Channing in the sixth after singling and coming home on a wild pitch.

Monday’s schedule pits Jill Leonard-State Farm against the Marquette County Mavericks at 6:30 p.m. in Negaunee, while the Negaunee Blasters go to Channing at 7 p.m. EDT.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is