Marinette Captures Tourney Title
Registers Trio Of Wins
To Best 8-Team Field;
Strong Pitching Is Key
Thanks to three impressive pitching performances, the Marinette Legion gang captured top honors in the annual 8-team Firecracker Tournament over the weekend. Marinette and Manitowoc tied for first place with 3-0 records, but the local Legion gang was awarded the championship trophy via the tiebreaker for the least amount of runs allowed. Marinette (12-7) gave up just two runs in 3 games and Manitowoc 7. Menominee (8-7-1) took home the third place trophy with a 2-1 readout.
After watching Fridays opening round get washed away by Mother Nature, Marinette blanked Marquette Saturday morning 9-0 on a no-hit gem tossed by hard throwing righthander Jake McMahon. Saturday night Marinette topped Menominee 8-1 in the first of three M&M diamond clashes over the next 12 days while whipping Ishpeming Sunday 11-1.
During the weekend tournament, Marinette played without the services of cleanup batter/catcher/pitcher Austin Belonga, who underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday morning. He is expected to return to the lineup in about 3 weeks.
Marinette will continue its busy diamond slate hosting Sheboygan in a doubleheader Tuesday, playing at Peshtigo Wednesday, entertaining Menominee on July 4 at 1:30pm in the second M&M clash, taking on Oconto in a doubleheader July 9 at 5:30pm before heading to Menominee on July 10 for a 7:30pm clash.
Knock Off Marquette
Jake McMahon was the star Saturday morning as the righthander set down 14 batters on strikes and walked 2 while twirling a no-hitter. Marinette backed up McMahons mound gem with one run in the third, 3 in the fourth and 5 in the sixth to win going away.
Marinette broke a scoreless game in the third as Ty Bebo walked, stole second and scored on a passed ball. Three more Marinette runners crossed the plate in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run single by McMahon.
Taking a 4-0 lead into the sixth, Marinette broke things open with 5 runs to win going away. With two outs, Derek Klegin and Scott Eldredge singled, Nate Kallestad walked and Aaron Benson ripped a three-run double to left center. Luke Kelly followed with a RBI single before heading home on a balk.
Ryan Hanson was tagged with the loss for Marquette, yielding 4 runs on 2 hits with 5 walks and 3 strikeouts over 3 innings.
Marinette Punches Out
9 Hits For 8-1 Victory
Over Menominee Sat.
Combining 9 hits with 4 Menominee errors, Marinette claimed round one of the M&M diamond clashes Saturday night 8-1. Klegin and Cody Tessmer paced the offense with 2 hits each while righthander Austin Wright fired a complete game 7-hitter with 8 strikeouts.
Menominee pushed across its lone run in the opening inning as Jaden Kleinke singled and scooted home on a run scoring single to right by losing pitcher Riley Hegg.
Marinette got even in the second inning when Beau DeLaet singled, moved up a base on an error and scored on McMahons RBI hit.
Tessmer opened the third with a single and was joined on the sacks by Klegin (bunt single). A wild pitch and a groundout produced the runs and put Marinette up 3-0.
In the fifth, Marinette added 3 more tallies on singles by Tessmer, Klegin, Kallestad and Benson along with two Menominee fielding miscues.
Marinettes final two runs came in the sixth as Bebo walked, Tessmer got aboard on a fielders choice, Klegin hit a sac fly and Eldredge added a groundout.
Hegg started for Menominee giving up 9 hits and 6 runs over 5 innings.
Bebo Allows 3 Hits
In 11-1 Sunday Win
With Bebo fanning 7 batters and giving up just 3 hits, Marinette routed Ishpeming in the tournament finale Sunday 11-1. Bebo threw 91 pitches, 57 for strikes, during his six inning mound performance.
Taking advantage of five Ishpeming errors in the first inning, Marinette scored 3 runs. The lone hit in the uprising was a two-out, two-run single to left field off the bat of Wright.
The score stayed 3-0 until the fifth when Ishpeming tallied its lone run. Gunnar Meyer saw his grounder to first get misplayed by Luke Kelly and scored on a single by Jake Richards. Bebo escaped further trouble with a pair of strikeouts.
Marinette jammed the plate with 6 runs on 3 hits in its half of the fifth to take control. Kelly walked and moved to second on a bunt by McMahon. After Wright flew out to left, Tessmer lashed a RBI single, Luke Johnson walked, Klegin singled while Eldredge and Kallestad drew free passes. Benson ripped a two-run double for the 9-1 lead.
Marinette won via the run rule in the 6th as McMahon and Wright singled, Tessmer was hit by a pitch and Klegin lofted a two-run single to left.
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