Menominee centerfielder Jaden Kleinke makes a running catch of Matt Borkovec’s line drive during the Red Wave’s game against Peshtigo at the East Side Ball Field Thursday. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Menominee centerfielder Jaden Kleinke makes a running catch of Matt Borkovec’s line drive during the Red Wave’s game against Peshtigo at the East Side Ball Field Thursday.
EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
PESHTIGO - The Menominee Red Wave cooked up their third straight well-done victory on a deep fryer of a day on the diamond, while Peshtigo's defense ranged from burnt to rare.

Mark Pulver sweated out a strong complete game effort and his teammates backed him up with 10 hits in a 9-4 victory at East Side Ball Field Thursday.

"It was a hard day to play, but we did all right," coach Tony Hofer said of the scorching weather.

Pulver used his knee-locking curveball to smother Peshtigo with a four-hitter. He struck out nine and allowed three walks in the best outing of his Legion career.

The Wave right-hander shrugged off the energy-draining heat to retire 17 of the last 19 batters he faced.

"I struggled with my control a little. My fastball wasn't working, but my curveball took me where I wanted to go," said Pulver. "I just wanted to get through the game. It feels great. I should have a lot confidence in my next game."

Menominee gave Pulver some early breathing room with a five-run uprising in the first inning. Pulver aided his own cause with a leadoff double, Derek Reiswitz reached on a dropped third strike, and Landen Maccoux ripped a two-run single up the middle.

Mason Kewley followed with a double over the right fielder's head. Two runs scored when Peshtigo misplayed Jaden Kleinke's fly to left and Chris Kelley smoked a two-run single to right to give the Red Wave their 5-0 lead.

"We hit the ball good in the first inning," Hofer noted.

Peshtigo erupted for four runs in the third inning.

Jacob Bloch and Nick Sparks parked the rally with singles and Andrew Majewski was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Trevor Bero coaxed a walk to force in a run and Matt Borkovec's sinking liner to center drove in two runs. Bero scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to a run.

"(Pulver) struggled a little in the third inning, but he came back and head a quick fourth," said Hofer. "We were only going to use him four innings, but he gave our other arms some rest."

A big threat by Menominee in the fourth inning was snuffed out by Peshtigo's defensive play of the year.

Riley Hegg was hit by a pitch, Pulver drew a walk and an error on Ryan Woods' bouncer to second allowed Hegg to score.

Wih runners on first and second and no outs, Bloch gloved Reiswitz's grounder to third, stepped on the bag for the force, and fired to Derek Koronkiewicz at first. After stretching high to snag the throw, Koronkiewicz fired back across the diamond to throw out a Wave runner heading for third. Triple play, inning over.

Post 146 nudged its lead to 6-4 in the fifth. Maccoux tomahawked a double to left-center and Kewley drew a walk. After shortstop Trevor Bero ranged far to his right to force two runners at third, Kelley smashed a two-out double down the right-field line.

The Red Wave added two runs in the sixth. Pulver led off with a single, Woods coaxed a walk and Maccoux lined an RBI single to center.

After a walk to Kewley jammed the bases, Kleinke drove in a run with a fly to center.

Tyler Marquardt started for Peshtigo and was relieved by Austin Marquardt and Jake Pickle.

Maccoux went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Kelley was 2 x 4 with four RBIs and Pulver had two hits from his leadoff spot.

The Red Wave (12-13) closed their Fox River Valley North Division season with a 6-6 record.

"It's not what we wanted," Hofer noted. "The ship was sinking for awhile, but we kept it together."

Menominee plays host to the Green Bay Blue Jays Saturday at 1 p.m. in its regular season finale.

Peshtigo plays in the Class A regional at Bonduel July 25.

WP - Mark Pulver 7IP, 4R, 4ER, 4H, 3W, 9K

LP - Tyler Marquardt 4IP, 6R, 2ER, 7H, 3W, 3K

Leading hitters: Menominee (Landen Maccoux 3x4, 2, 3RBI Chris Kelley 2x4, 2B, 4RBI; Mark Pulver 2x4, 2B) Peshtigo (Matt Borkovec 1x2, 2RBI)

Menominee 500 112 0 - 9

Peshtigo 004 000 0 - 4