Norway splits at Negaunee

NEGAUNEE – Two days after meeting in the championship of the Norway baseball invitational, Negaunee and Norway locked horns again Monday, splitting a doubleheader.

The Miners took a 3-1 decision in the first game, with Norway rallying in its final at-bat for a 3-2 win in the second. Both games were six innings.

Dan Vivio, who tossed a three-hit complete game victory against Stephenson Saturday, went the distance in Game 1.

“He pitched well enough to win,” Norway coach Tony Adams said.

The Miners got to Vivio in the first, scoring all three of their runs in the frame. Dusty Goupille ripped a two-run triple.

Jake Rehn knocked in a run with a single in the sixth to bust the shutout bid of Negaunee’s Luke Hill. Hill allowed five hits overall while striking out six.

Norway freshman John Edwardsen made his pitching debut in the second game, going three innings and allowing three hits and one earned run.

Negaunee went up 2-0 in the third thanks to a RBI hit by Goupille, but the Knights – the home team in game 2 – tied the game in the bottom half thanks to a two-run single by Alex Carlson.

In the bottom of the sixth, Vivio brought in Riley Johnson with the winning run on a single.

Mike Faull relieved Edwardsen and did not give up a hit over the final three innings to secure the win.

Dillon Tasson started for the Miners. Eric Jandron took the loss.

Norway (4-2) hosts Niagara for a doubleheader Thursday.

… In Crandon, Wis., Florence, despite leading 8-4 in the fifth, bowed to first-place Crandon 11-8 in a Northern Lakes Conference contest.

“We played our best game of the year,” Florence coach Dave LaPoint said. “Overall they are a very good team with a lot of experience. They hit the ball well. Our kids played hard and I was happy for their effort.”

Louie Garcia started for Florence, pitching into the fifth. Tyler Valine finished. They allowed 13 hits and two walks while striking out four.

Kyle Abbas hit a double and single, collecting three RBIs for the Bobcats. Garcia and Valine each had two hits, and Austin Trudell added a single and double.

Crandon tied the game with a four-run fifth and went ahead with a three-run sixth.

Florence (4-2, 4-2 NLC) hosts Three Lakes this afternoon.

…In Dunbar, Wis., Goodman-Pembine and Laona-Wabeno played to an eight-inning 15-15 draw in high school baseball Monday.

With Phelps unable to play, Goodman-Pembine contacted Laona-Wabeno about a game.

“We were able to make a few phone calls and Laona-Wabeno took the bus ride over to play,” Patriots coach Evan Neuens said. “I give a lot of thanks to everybody involved over there to help make it happen. They were scrambling to make sure they could get transportation, uniforms and contact parents.

“Without the effort made by them, we would have been practicing. The way I look at it, and I feel Coach Lorenz agrees, both teams got better tonight.”

Goodman-Pembine erased a 6-2 deficit with a six-run fifth inning. The Patriots knotted the game at 12-12 with a run in the seventh inning.

Both teams scored three runs in the eighth.

“We hit the heck out of the ball and so did they all night long,” said Neuens, noting eight innings and 31 hits between two teams is a “lot of good baseball.”

Five Goodman-Pembine players posted multi-hit efforts, with Roman Grebin and Craig Kowalkowski each going four for four.

“They seemed to play a lot like us and it seemed like you couldn’t keep certain guys off of the bases,” Neuens said. “I think we could have played a few more innings back and forth like we were but we stopped due to darkness and won’t be scheduling a time to finish the game.”

Grebin scored five runs and doubled; Kowalkowski, double; TJ Hilkert, two hits and three runs; Randall Bose, three RBI; Trent Heath, three hits and four RBI, and Jacob Garrelts, three hits.

“It was a non-conference game and regionals are just around the corner,” Neuens said. “I am okay with that. We both have something to walk away with from the game and some great coachable moments that we wouldn’t have had for our guys without the game tonight.”

The Patriots and Niagara are scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 21, in Dunbar.