The Marinette Legion Post 39 boys have had their way the past six years in M&M match ups. But last Saturday evening during the annual firecracker tournament the Red Wave finally were able to wash away the six years of losses with a 16-15 win over Marinette.
Marinette was first to get things rolling in this match up as a 3-0 lead was built in the first inning. They improved that mark over the next couple innings to go up 5-0 before the Red Wave were able to post a run.
Menominee's Alex Hanson was first to give Menominee a run, scoring a runner off a single. Buddy Beyer was hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score their second run while their third run was obtained by Keaton Uecke in the fourth off a ground out.
Marinette responded with a run in the fourth while Menominee kept pace with a bottom half of the forth run for the 6-4 deficit.
With the score differential so close the Menominee boys weren't ready to give up and the lead would soon be in their hands.
In the bottom of the sixth Dante Sartorelli walked to lead off followed by single by Jason Janquardt. Alex Hanson hit a single to bring in Sartorelli. Uecke hit a single next that scored Janquardt while Beyer took the lead for Menominee off a single that brought in Hanson for the 7-6 lead.
Before the inning could end Beyer cruised home off a Zach Starzynski sacrifice fly giving Menominee a nice lead 8-6.
Marinette wasn't ready to call it quits either as they entered the seventh behind. Trey Bretl got things rolling with a double while Jaden Werner followed with a walk. Nick Teteak posted an RBI off his single. Then the flood gates opened as Hunter Woulf hit a short hit to the outfield that allowed Werner to score, tying things up at 8-8.
Brandon Eick scored Teteak off a single while Will LaLonde walked. Joe Bezio made it an 11-8 game after a single.
The next run came in when Bretl took a base off an error, forcing a runner home. Then Werner smacked a huge three RBI shot deep to left field to bring the game to a 15-8 Marinette lead.
But again the Red Wave had no quit in them as they faced the huge lead with determination. Leading off the final inning for Menominee was Janquardt who walked and was followed by Hanson who also walked. Uecke loaded the bases with a walk. Leaving Marinette in a bases loaded no out situation. Beyer and Jesus Becerra both walked next to score two.
After a hit batter and another walk the lead was again cut by two more runs 15-12. Sartorially got a chance to put things away in the inning when he hit a two RBI single making it 15-14.
Needing one more run to ensure the game did not end the Red Wave saw Janquardt hit a single to load the bases. Next up to bat was Hanson who finally ended the scoring shootout with a two RBI single to deep left field for the win.
Uecke took the win for Menominee allowing three hits, three runs and one walk. Teteak took the loss allowing three hits, one runs and no walks.
At the plate Menominee's Janquardt was four of five with two runs. Alex Hanson was three of six with two runs and four RBIs. Buddy Beyer was three of four with three runs while Sartorelli was one of three with three runs and two RBIs.
Marinette's Jaden Werner went three of four with three runs and three RBIs while Will LaLonde went one of one with a run. Teteak was two of four with two runs.
Escanaba To Open
The Marinette Legion Post 39 squad hosted the annual firecracker tourney this past weekend and began the action with a friday night win over Escanaba 16-8.
Marinette wasted no time and got on the scoreboard in a blink as the bottom of the first saw a five run push from the Marinette boys.
Trevor Bloch started the action with a lead off single followed by Trey Bretl on a walk and Jaden Werner who also walked to load the bases. The first run came in thanks to a Nick Teteak single. A Nolan Lemke walk brought in Bretl while Hunter Woulf fired out a two run double to raise the score. Brandon Eick got the final score of the opening frame with a groundout that brought in Lemke.
Escanaba fired back at Marinette in the second with a five run rally of their own to make it a 6-5 game in favor of Escanaba.
But Marinette was ready to repeat their first inning success at the plate with another five runs. The five run push by he Marinette boys was built off some power hitting by Lemke, Bretl and Will LaLonde who all managed to swat doubles during the inning.
After the third inning Escanaba narrowed the lead to 10-8.
The biggest inning for runs was the sixth for Marinette, where the Post 39 guys were able to put the game on ice.
Woulf doubled in the inning and brough in a run while Seth Seefeldt and Eick both were able to bring runs off of singles. Werner gave Marinette their final score of the night with a two RBI single.
Two innings of pitching from Braeden McMahon resulted in six runs (one eared) and five hits while Woulf took the win in relief giving up two runs, six hits and striking out eight.
Escanaba's Riley Lamb took the loss allowing 10 runs and six hits.
Woulf led at the plate with a three of five performance with three RBIs. Bloch was two of two with three runs while Werner ended his night two of three. Sick was two of five while Bretl was one of two with three runs.
For One Run in Loss
The Menominee Legion baseball team had a tough start to the annual Marinette Firecracker tournament last Friday when they faced Manitowoc who would take the win over Menominee 7-1.
Menominee's defense, which faltered over the later goings looked good over the first two innings where the score remained 0-0.
Then came the third and with it a small two run push that just seemed to crack open the door on the defense who would have a hard to quelling the advance from that point on.
Menominee's bats were also nearly silent as they were able to only obtain a single hit over the seven inning bout. That one hit was bagged by Keaton Uecke, doing so in the sixth inning.
The two run third inning push by Manitowoc started with Jordan Crast who drew a walk. Teammate Jake Debuin walked next. Cann Stradal hit in Crast while Debuin scored off a wild throwout raising Manitowoc to the 2-0 early lead.
Manitowoc got one more run in the fourth while posting their biggest inning of the night in the fifth with three runs. A final run crossed for the Manitowoc boys in the sixth.
Menominee's one run of the night was registered when Keagan Monroe reached base off an error. Advanced off a Starzynski walk and raced home after an over throw at first base.
The evenings winning pitcher was Manitowoc's Justin Steinbecker who gave up just a single hit and one unearned run while walking five and striking out four.
Menominee's Alex Hansen took the loss allowing five hits, seven runs (four earned) and three walks while striking out five.
Marinette Falls To
Gladstone in Closer
The Marinette boys had some tough goings this year in the annual firecracker tournament. After falling to Menominee Saturday evening they were handed a 9-6 loss to the Gladstone boys to close this year tournament.
Marinette found themselves digging out of hole from the start as Gladstone was able to plug out a three run inning.
Marinette held them back over the second inning before Gladstone was able to push across another run.
Before Marinette was able to regain their composure Gladstone was able to managed another two runs in the fourth giving them a 6-0 lead.
Marinette finally found their footing in the fourth when Jaden Werner stepped up to the plate. He made it on after being walked and worked his way to the plate thanks to a error which also allowed Nick teteak to cross home. Teteak had reached base off a single.
During the fourth Trevor Bloch was able to cruise home thanks to a fielder choice, giving Marinette a 7-3 deficit.
Gladstone helped to keep a buffer in place with a couple sixth inning runs while Marinette battled back with a couple of their own.
Leading off the sixth for Marinette Hunter Woulf walked. Thanks to errors Marinette was able to load the bases. Mason Risner was able to swat a single to score two to give Marinette the 9-5 deficit.
A seventh inning balk gave Bretl the plate and Marinette its final score of the night 9-6.
At the plate Marinette was led by Bretl with a two of four showing with a run and Woulf who went three of four with a run.
Bretl was saddled with the loss for Marinette giving up seven hits, five runs and three walks while striking out one.
Carson Shea took the win for Gladstone allowing six hits, two runs and three walks while striking out two.
With the in Gladstone took second place in the annual firecracker tourney behind first place Manitowoc who went 4-0 in tournament play.