Making the most of 5 hits, the Marinette Redbirds claimed their Wishigan League opener Friday night clipping the visiting Crivitz Wolves 7-0. The defending regular season and playoff champion Redbirds had all they could handle with Crivitz hurler Cody Wolf, who flirted with a no-hitter for for 4-plus innings.
Marinette finally got going in the fifth with one run then gained some much needed breathing room with 5 runs in the sixth to pull away.
Cody Woods topped the Redbirds with 2 hits while Cully Falkenberg scored a pair of runs.
Luke Kelly, fresh off the Lakeland College baseball team, earned the win scattering 5 hits and allowing no runs over 7 innings. Aaron Woods fanned 6 batters over the final two frames.
Mixing in a sneaky fastball with a sharp curve, Wolf held the Redbirds in check during his 6 1/3 innings of mound work. Wolf finished with 2 strikeouts but saw 8 walks, 3 of which scored, hurt him. Scott Evosevich pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Marinette pushed across the only run it would need in the fifth inning as Falkenberg walked and scored on a single by Cody Wolf.
In the sixth frame, 11 Redbirds stepped to the plate, scoring 5 runs on 4 hits. Pat Wolard, who launched two deep fly balls to centerfield earlier, singled with one out. Falkenberg and Aaron Woods walked while Cody Woods drilled a run scoring double. Following an error, Steve Campbell and Adam Francour punched out singles.
The final run for the Redbirds came in the 7th as Jordan Rasner drew a one out walk, stole second and scored on a wild pitch.
Jordan Hardy collected two hits for Crivitz, while Wolf, Chuck Bird and AJ Garcia added the other safeties.
The Channing Railroaders opened the 2013 Wishigan season with a 4-3 win over visiting Tri-City. Mike Miller hurled 9 innings of 5 hit ball with 10 strikeouts and 7 walks.
Luke Holsworth clubbed a single and double for Channing while Bryce Jauquet added a two-bagger.
James Larsen lashed a pair of singles, walked twice and scored two runs for Tri-City.
Steve Hustilla absorbed the loss with 4 2/3 innings of work before giving way to Adam Ganno for the final 3 2/3 frames.
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Strong Pitching Sends
Birds Past Storm 10-1
The mound duo of Aaron and Cody Woods held the Green Bay Storm to 4 hits in recording a lopsided 10-1 home win Monday night. Aaron Woods earned the victory allowing 3 hits and one run over 8 innings, striking out 14. Cody Woods got the call for the 9th inning and was nicked for a single.
Marinette socked out 12 hits in the win, 3 by Wolard along with two each from player/coach Nick Brukardt, Jordan Rasner and Steve Campbell. Adam Francour, the number two hitter in the lineup belted a solo homer in the opening inning.
The Redbirds took the lead for good in the fifth inning scoring 3 runs on 4 hits. Campbell and Cody Woods lashed singles, Cully Falkenberg grounded into a fielders choice before Jason Hofer ripped a RBI double. Francour followed with a sac fly, Wolard walked and Brukardt singled.
Owning a 4-1 edge, the birds put the game away in the 7th jamming the plate with 6 runs on 4 hits. Campbell again got things started with a one out single, Cody Woods reached on an error, Falkenberg was hit by a pitch while Hofer and Francour drew walks. Three straight singles by Wolard, Brukardt and Rasner capped the rally.
Michael Robbins, the first of 3 pitchers for Green Bay and nephew of Peshtigo Bulldog baseball coach Pat Robbins, allowed one run on 2 hits in three innings of work.