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A Perfect Finish For Redbirds
It was a perfect repeat for the Marinette Redbirds, finishing atop the Wishigan League standings with an unbeaten regular season record for the second straight year.
Sunday afternoon the birds used some excellent pitching in soaring to a 12-0 mark with a 7-1 win over visiting Menominee.
Player/coach Nick Brukardt opened the game on the mound for Marinette, yielding one run on no hits over 3 innings. The Woods cousins took it from there, Aaron fanned 7 over 3 innings while Cody recorded 4 strikeouts during the final 3 innings on the hill.
Sitting at 16-5 overall, Marinette finished with a huge cushion in the final standings...3 1/2 games over second place Felch (9-4) and 4 1/2 better than Tri-City (8-5).
The only other league outing played Sunday saw Gillett edge Felch 3-1 to end its inaugural season on a high note with a 6-7 league mark.
With the regular season concluded, the league playoffs will be held at Pedersen Park in Marinette on Sunday, August 19. The first game pits fourth place finisher Menominee and Tri-City at 1pm with the winner taking on Marinette for the title at 3:30pm.
Runner-up Felch decided not to take part in the post-season action.
Redbirds Cap Perfect
Season With 7-1 Win
Despite falling behind 1-0 in the top of the third inning, the Redbirds never wavered in notching a 7-1 win in their league finale. Marinette pushed across a pair of runs in their half of the third inning before gradually pulling away for the win.
Strong pitching was the key for us again as we held Menominee to just two hits the whole game. We did enough good things with the sticks to go along with 7 walks, Brukardt said. The win put a nice ending on a really good season for our team.
With Brukardt getting the starting nod on the mound, Menominee managed one run and no hits over 3 innings. Combining a sneaky fastball with a sharp breaking curve, Brukardt walked 3 and fanned 3 batters while throwing 45 pitches.
Aaron Woods allowed two runners over the next 3 frames on a single and walk to Taylor Garceau. Cody Woods yielded a 9th inning single to Landon Maccoux before fanning Tyler Dusso to end the game.
Menominee registered an unearned run in the third frame as Aaron Schroeder and Aaron Pettit drew walks. Following a sacrifice bunt by Brett Edlbeck, a hot shot off the bat of Brian Bell was misplayed by Redbird third sacker Adam Francour, allowing Schroeder to score.
Down 1-0, the Redbirds bounced back in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good. Jordan Powers walked with one out while Cully Falkenberg slapped a single to right. Jason Hofer sent Powers home with a groundout to first base and Francour ripped a two-out single to left to score Falkenberg.
Marinette added two more runs in the fifth inning as Hofer and Francour opened the inning with walks to finish Menominee starter Billy Betts for the game. Cody Bezio laid down a bunt and Hofer crossed the plate on a groundout by Todd Olsen for a 3-1 lead.
In the sixth inning, Ryan Johnson singled, Powers got aboard on an error before Falkenberg lashed a two-run double.
Owning the upper hand at 5-1, Marinette tallied two more runs in the 7th. With one out, Cody Woods walked and Dustin Kovar was hit by a pitch. Chad Rasmussen saw his grounder get past Menominee first sacker Ryan Kruse to score Woods. Powers sent Kovar home with the final run on a single.
Felch In Finale 3-1
With Luke Yogurst earning the victory in relief, the Gillett Firecats ended their first season in the Wishigan League beating second place Felch 3-1 Sunday.
Southpaw Jared Henne started for Gillett before giving way to Yogurst.
Mitch Champagne paced the Firecats with two hits and a run scored, Les Hilberg and Alex Ziesmer added a single and run each while Yogurst and Lucas Markiewicz slapped safeties.
During the season Yogurst was the winning pitcher 3 times, Tyler Woodke twice and Jared Henne for the 6-7 Firecats. Champagne had the top average, on base percentage and most steals while Yogurst drove in the most runs and owned the top slugging percentage.