A Wave of hits, runs
Menominee crushes White Lake by 10-run rule
Thursday, June 27, 2013 7:00 PM
WHITE LAKE, Wis. - Driving to White Lake under ominous skies and waiting out two lightning delays, the Menominee Red Wave carried thunder to the plate in a mercy-rule win Thursday night.
Menominee crushed four extra-base hits en route to a 13-2 five-inning rout to even its Fox River Valley North Division record at 1-1.
"It's hard to get up for that game," coach Tony Hofer said. "We've never 10-runned them. Tonight we got our business done and got out of there. We got a good win tonight."
Heading into the Marinette Firecracker Tourney, the Red Wave got just what it needed from Derek Reiswitz in his first start of the season.
Reiswitz struck out seven and allowed just five hits and two walks.
"He threw a lot of strikes and only walked two," Hofer noted. "He really helped us save our arms for this weekend."
Jaden Kleinke continued his hot hitting with a booming day at the plate. He bashed a homer and a double and drove in three runs. Landen Maccoux also went 3 for 4 with a double and Riley Hegg had two hits and drove in three runs.
Hofer was encouraged by the way his team squared up and lined shots all over the White Lake field.
"We hit the ball really solid tonight. We hit some line drives to the center fielder where he didn't have to move. We didn't have a pop-up all night."
Post 146 took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Kleinke ripped a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Ryan Woods' fielders' choice. Woods scored when White Lake booted a Maccoux grounder.
The Red Wave padded their lead to 5-0 in the second. After Mason Kewley and Mark Pulver drew back-to-back walks, Kleinke blistered an RBI double. Pulver scored on a Woods grounder and Maccoux crushed a double to bring home Kleinke.
Ryne Francour drew a walk in the third, stole second and scored on Kewley's single to stretch the lead to 6-0.
White Lake scored a run in the third on a Luke Wickerscheim single and Brad Kolpack's double.
The Red Wave began warming up their cars for the trip home during a six-run barrage in the fourth inning.
Pulver took one for the team and Kleinke made White Lake feel the pain with a two-run blast over the right field fence.
Woods drew a walk, Maccoux slapped a single and Hegg drove both of them home with a single. Reiswitz coaxed another walk, Kewley raced to third after a dropped third strike and Caleb Kleiman capped the big inning with an RBI single.
Maccoux opened the fifth with a single and Hegg drove him in with a double.
White Lake added its final run in the fifth on a walk and a single by Kolpack.
The Red Wave (6-6-1) improved to 1-1 in the North Division.
Menominee plays Manitowoc today at 2:30 in its opening game in the Firecracker Tournament.
"This was a nice tuneup for the tournament," said Hofer.
WP - Derek Reiswitz 5IP, 2R, 2ER, 5H, 2W, 7K
LP - Tanner Exford 3IP, 8R, 6ER, 6H, 4W, 2K
Leading Hitters: Menominee (Jaden Kleinke 3x4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Landen Maccoux 3x4, 2B, RBI; Riley Hegg 2x4, 2B, 3 RBI; Mason Kewley 1x2, RBI; Caleb Kleiman 1x1, RBI) White Lake (Brad Kolpack 2x3, 2B, 2 RB1)
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