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Pitching Gem Gives Redbirds 2-0 Record
The Marinette Redbirds, defending regular season and playoff champions, improved their Wishigan League record to 2-0 following a 7-0 whitewash of host Channing Sunday.
Pitching dominated this clash as 4 Redbird righthanders combined to toss a nifty one-hitter. Cody Bezio got the start and was followed to the mound by Cody Woods, Pat Wolard and Jordan Rasner. The quartet registered 10 strikeouts and walked 4 batters in the 9-inning affair.
Elsewhere in Wishigan action, Menominee moved to 2-1 after knocking off Crivitz 4-2 and splitting a doubleheader with Escanaba. The Tri-City at Peshtigo doubleheader was postponed as Tri-City didnt have enough players.
League play this week finds Menominee visiting Crivitz Saturday, first place Redbirds (5-3, 2-0) heading to Peshtigo for a single game Sunday while Channing travels to Gillett for a doubleheader.
Redbirds Soar To
7-0 Wishigan Win
Four pitchers combined their mound talents to twirl a nifty one-hitter as Marinette derailed the Channing Railroaders 7-0 Sunday. Redbird starter Cody Bezio whiffed 4 batters in a two-plus inning stint, Cody Woods fanned 5 and gave up one hit over 5 1/3 innings, Pat Wolard pitched a perfect 8th inning while Jordan Rasner closed out the game.
We made the most of our 5 hits and took advantage of 10 walks, Redbird coach Nick Brukardt said. Overall it was a good team effort.
The Redbirds fluttered their wings for 4 runs in the first frame to take control. Jason Hofer drew a leadoff walk and Adam Francour was beaned. After a wild pitch, Wolard launched a sac fly to centerfield. Walks to Steve Oman, Rasner and Dustin Kovar plated the final 3 runs.
Wolard walked with one out and scored on free passes to Rasner and Kovar along with a single by Ryan Johnson in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
In the sixth, Cully Falkenberg singled, Hofer walked, Francour put down a sacrifice bunt while Wolard sent the run home with a groundout.
Marinettes final tally came in the 7th when Kovar walked, Johnson was hit by a pitch before an error tallied the run.
The lone Channing hit came off the bat of Cole Grenier in the 7th inning.
Crivitz Wolves 4-2
Combining 4 hits with 12 walks, the Storm slipped past visiting Crivitz Wednesday 4-2.
Edlbeck earned the complete game win, allowing 5 hits and 4 walks while fanning 5 in his 9-inning mound stint.
Bob Heinemeyer and AJ Garcia shared pitching chores for Crivitz with Garcia (2 innings) getting tagged with the loss. The southpaw gave up 2 runs on one hit with 6 walks and 2 strikeouts in two innings.
Menominee grabbed a 1-0 first inning lead as Edlbeck singled, Matt Lund added a double and Ryan Kruse grounded out to short.
Crivitz went up 2-1 in the fifth when Chuck Bird singled, Max Hanson and Garcia drew walks and Dylan Hanson popped up. Cody Wolf sent one run home with a bases loaded walk while Bo Heinemeyer singled.
Aron Schroeder walked and scored on an passed ball in the bottom of the fifth for a 2-2 deadlock before Menominee tacked on two more runs in the 7th. Schroeder walked again. Aaron Pettit hit a sac fly while Edlbeck and Lund drew free passes.
DH With Escanaba
The Menominee Storm split a doubleheader with Escanaba Sunday, winning game one 8-7 before falling 11-0 in the nightcap.
The opener saw Menominee score twice in the bottom of the 7th inning, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Sean Budzynski. Menominees winning rally began as John Nerat drew a base on balls with pinch runner Matt Jacobs stealing second and moving to third on a bunt. With runners at second and third base, Budzynski ripped a double down the left field line for the win.
Alex Gressel picked up the mound win in relief of starter Brian Bell.
Nate Hofer paced the Storm attack with 2 hits and 4 RBIs while Brett Edlbeck added a single and double.
The Storm owned a 5-3 lead after two innings then watched Escanaba push across 4 runs in the top of the 7th to go ahead 7-6.
Game two was all Escanaba 11-0. John Bintner gave up 3 hits and fanned 7 over 7 innings. Menominee saw starter Gressel give up 7 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings of work with relief help from Billy Betts.
Escanaba built up a 7-0 lead after three frames and was never threatened.