NORWAY - Negaunee, unable to hold a 2-0 lead, bowed to host Norway 5-2 in the championship game of the Norway baseball invitational Saturday at cold, gusty and sometimes snowy Marion Park.
The Miners (6-5) led 2-0 after a two-run third inning. Dusty Goupille hit a sacrifice fly to right for the game's first run and Zak Makela followed later with a RBI single to center.
Goupille was in command on the mound through the early going, limiting Norway to two hits through four inning.
Negaunee’s Tony Zampese delivers during the opening game of the Norway baseball invitational Saturday at Marion Park. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Ron Deuter)
But the Knights (6-3) broke through in a big way in the fifth. Dan Vivio led off the frame with a home run down the left field line. The shot was hooking foul, but stayed fair thanks to the stiff wind howling left to right across the field.
Later in the inning, it was Austin Grayvold connecting to right center for a three-run shot.
That was all Norway ace John Grayvold, Jr. needed in a two-inning relief appearance. Grayvold, Jr. retired the Miners in order in the sixth and seventh to preserve a win for sophomore Mike Faull, who held the Miners to six hits during the first four innings.
Goupille gave way to Luke Hill following the Grayvold homer.
Tyler LaJoie had two singles in the game for the Miners. Ryan Bischoff clubbed a lead-off double in the fifth, but was thrown out trying to extend the hit into a triple.
Norway's defense turned an inning-ending double play in the fifth, and LaJoie was robbed of a sure double to the left-center gap in the sixth when Norway center fielder Garrett Bonetti laid out and made a diving grab.
Negaunee advanced to the championship game with a 9-0 win over Marquette in the opening game of the tournament, which started about two hours and 20 minutes late due to snow showers.
The Miners used a five-run sixth inning to break away from the Redmen in that one.
Tony Zampese kept the Marquette bats in check, firing a three-hit shutout for the Miners. Zampese struck out three and walked three.
Goupille and Makela each had two hits and an RBI. Biscoff added one hit and a sacrifice fly with two RBI. Zampese drove in a run with a single, and LaJoie led off the game with a double.
Jack Kochevar took the loss for Marquette, pitching 5 2/3 innings. Scott Trapp came on in relief. Brandon Higbie, Gabe Apple and Trevor Koski singled for the Redmen.
Marquette went on to collect its first win of the season in the consolation game later in the afternoon, topping Stephenson 13-3 in a five-inning contest. Jake Olson provided the big blow of the game with a three-run homer in the second inning. Apple earned the complete-game victory on the mound.
"We finally got over the hump," Marquette coach Todd Koski said. "We have a very young team. They battled. Our kids haven't given up. They haven't hung their heads.
"All they been looking at is the positive, and I am glad it paid off for them today."
All-tournament selections included Marquette's Olson, Trevor Koski and Higbie. Makela, Goupille, Zampese and LaJoie made all-tournament for the Miners.