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New Escanaba Polecats team takes early lead in Superiorland Baseball League standings

MARQUETTE — The Superiorland Baseball League has completed two weeks of its abbreviated summer season with the Escanaba Polecats moving out front with a 2-0 record.

The Marquette County Mavericks, two-time playoff champions, and Channing Railroaders, two-time regular-season titlists, have each won their lone game played. Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen and the Negaunee Blasters are both 0-2.

The regular season runs through Aug. 3 with playoffs for the top four teams set for Aug. 10 and 17. After the conclusion of the season, likely in September, the league playoff champ will again face the Copper Country’s Twilight League winner for the Upper Peninsula championship.

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Here is the rest of the schedule:

Monday — Negaunee Blasters vs. Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen, at Gwinn, 6:30 p.m., Marquette County Mavericks at Channing, 7 p.m. EDT

Wednesday, July 29 — Escanaba at Channing, 7 p.m. EDT

Friday, July 31 — Mavericks at Escanaba Polecats, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 3 — Mavericks vs. Negaunee, at Gwinn, 6:30 p.m.; CBCH at Channing, 7 p.m. EDT

Monday, Aug. 10 — playoff semifinals, No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, No. 2 vs. No. 3, fields and times TBA

Monday, Aug. 17 — playoff championship, teams, field and time TBA

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Here is a rundown of the games played so far this season:

The Mavericks defeated Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen 7-3 on Monday after Riley Lynch singled home two runs in a four-run first inning for the winners.

James Larsen II also knocked in two with a bases-loaded walk in the first and RBI single in the seventh, while Steve Hintsala, Jake Spear and Jacob Adriano each had an RBI.

CBCH mounted several comebacks, the first when Johnny Daavettila hit a two-run homer in the second to pull them within 4-2, then in the sixth when Kyle Storm’s hit to left center brought in another run to make it 5-3.

Hintsala, Adriano and Lynch combined on the mound for the Mavs, with Adriano going four innings to get the win while also finishing 2 of 3 at the plate with a walk and run scored. Lynch also had two hits and scored once.

Daavettila was 1 of 2 with a walk for CBCH.

In another game Monday, the Railroaders bulldozed past the Blasters 16-1 in Channing after the Dickinson County team also won all three of its games at the Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament near Houghton on July 11-12.

Last week, Escanaba defeated the Blasters, while the Polecats also came from behind to defeat CBCH 7-5 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

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

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