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Tough Opener For Marines, Fall Twice

Going up against the number one ranked team in Division 2 to open the season, the Marinette Marines were outscored 27-3 while dropping a doubleheader to Jefferson Saturday. In the first game, Marinette failed to record a hit and suffered a 10-zip setback. Game two wasn’t any better, a 17-3 beating and just 3 hits by the Marines.

“It was nice to get outside, but other than that we were in for a long day. Jefferson is the top ranked team in Division 2 with 10 seniors back, 6 of which are going to play college baseball. They are a very good team and have been outside for two weeks. Their pitchers threw hard, they hit and ball and played good defense, ” Marinette coach Dave Francour said. “We tried a number of different pitchers and they threw strikes. Our hitting was weak and we struggled defensively with a number of errors (8 total).”

Game one saw the Marines come up empty in the hit column and manage just 4 runners. In the opening inning, Caylubb Maske walked and losing pitcher Aaron Benson was hit by a pitch. The early threat went nowhere as cleanup swinger Jacob Swenson hit into a fielder’s choice while Luke Johnson struck out.

In the third inning, Jimmy Jackimowicz walked, but was caught stealing for the third out of the inning. Alex Servatius drew a leadoff walk in the fifth only to get erased on a 4-6-2 double play.

Winning pitcher Heath Renz (3 innings) and Jacob Nelson combined for 10 strikeouts and 3 walks in the five inning affair.

Jefferson pounded Benson for 4 runs on 4 hits in the opening inning, including doubles by Tanner Johnson and Nick Schrader.

Game two saw the Marines fall behind 5-0 after three innings and 12-zip in the fourth before losing 17-3. A trio of Marinette hurlers yielded 10 hits while fanning 5. Starter Alex Gressel was roughed up for 5 runs on 4 hits over 3 innings, Maske 7 runs on 5 hits in one inning and Johnson 5 runs on 2 two hits.

The home team in game two, the Marines did manage to score their first run in the fourth when Maske walked and scored on a double off the bat of Benson. In the fifth, Johnson and Kevin Konyn drew walks before scoring on a wild pitch and two-run single by Jackimowicz.

The Marines were scheduled to host Oconto Tuesday and Gladstone Thursday, but saw both games get postponed. Marinette is off until Monday’s Bay Conference home opener against New London.

“We might be able to get on our field by Sunday, but that is not a given. We are scheduled to host New London Monday and then travel there on Tuesday. If their field is ready and ours isn’t, we could possibly play a doubleheader at New London Tuesday,” Francour commented.


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