Legion teams bounce back from tourney losses
Wave rolls across town
Sunday, June 16, 2013 7:00 PM
GREEN BAY - A trip down Mason Street during the middle of a game provided a bizarre twist to Menominee's schedule of four games in two days.
The Red Wave bounced back from two tough losses Friday by going 3-1 over the weekend at the Green Bay Southwest Father's Day Tournament.
Menominee lost to the Green Bay Shockers 14-4 in the consolation championship Sunday after waiting out a 2 1/2-hour delay.
The Red Wave defeated Green Bay Southwest in their first game Saturday, then were awarded a win against Manitowoc after lightning and heavy rain stopped their game with the two teams tied 7-7. Menominee earned a berth in the consolation title game with a win over Kaukauna Sunday.
"We showed we can compete with these teams," said coach Tony Hofer. "We used four pitchers in six games and they pitched good. I'm very happy with how the kids played."
Menominee 7, Manitowoc 7
The game started at Green Bay Notre Dame but the teams had to pack up and drive to the Green Bay Southwest field in the bottom of the fifth inning due to darkness at the Notre Dame field.
Manitowoc held a 6-5 lead when Ryne Francour belted a double and the teams loaded up for the move to Southwest.
Caleb Kleiman poked a single after the game resumed to drive in Francour with the tying run.
Manitowoc took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a walk and Alex Shimon's double, but the Wave struck back with a run in the seventh on the legs of Francour. After poking a single, Francour stole second and made the 180-foot dash home on a wild throw to the center field fence.
Riley Hegg turned back a bases-loaded threat in the bottom of the seventh before lightning ended the game. Menominee was awarded the win based on its record of 1-2, compared to Manitowoc's 0-3 mark.
Manitowoc held a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth inning when the Red Wave plated five runs. Francour led off the rally with a walk, Mason Kewley rapped a single, Pulver was hit by a pitch, loading the bases and a walk to Kleiman forced in a run.
Jaden Kleinke had an RBI single, Ryan Woods drove in a run with a sac fly and Landen Maccoux had an RBI single.
Manitowoc took its 6-5 lead in the fourth on a pair of singles and a double.
Maccoux went 3 for 5, Francour had two hits, Kewley had a double and a single and Kleinke drove in two runs.
Maccoux worked first five innings and gave up five runs while striking out six. Hegg scattered three hits, walked one and fanned four in his two innings.
"It was a weird night," said Hofer.
Menominee 2, GB Southwest 1
Kleinke turned in the best pitching effort of his Legion career as he silenced Southwest on just two hits. He struck out four and walked two. The only run off him was unearned.
"Jaden Kleinke threw good the whole game," said Hofer. "He kept them under control."
Southwest took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Taylor Eaglehoff singled, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored on an error.
The Red Wave scored both of their runs in the sixth. Hegg and Francour poked back-to-back singles and Kewley tied the game with a single. Chris Kelly drove in the eventual winning run with a single.
Francour belted a pair of doubles and Hegg also had two hits.
"That was a good win especially after losing two (close) games (Friday)," said Hofer. "We're learned how to win those games."
Menominee 5, Kaukauna 4
The Red Wave scored the winning run in the eighth inning when Kleiman drew a walk, raced to third on an errant pickoff throw, and raced home on Kleinke's single.
Menominee battled back from a 3-0 opening blast from Kaukauna to post its second straight win.
The Red Wave cut the lead to 3-1 in the second on Francour's single and a three-base error on a ball hit by Kewley.
Kleinke drew a walk in the third, Woods walked and Hegg tied the game with a two-run single.
The Red Wave to a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Woods singled and scored on an error.
Kaukauna evened the score in the seventh when Joe Vandenberg walked, stole second and scored on Logan Burton's single.
Hegg worked 32⁄3 innings and gave up one run on one hit, while fanning two and walking one to earn the win. Kleinke scattered six hits in his 41⁄3 innings.
Kleinke drove in four runs, Francour had two hits and Hegg drove in two runs.
GB Shockers 14, Menominee 4
The Shockers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on three singles and an error and broke the game open with five runs in the fifth.
Menominee scored a run in the second on a single by Hegg, an error and Mark Pulver's sacrifice fly.
Kleinke and Woods smacked singles in the fifth, Maccoux drew a walk to load the bases and three runs scored on an error.
The Red Wave had just four hits in the game.
"We played six games in four days. We ran out of gas against the Shockers," said Hofer. "We used four pitchers in six games and they pitched good."
The Red Wave play (6-5) play host to Oconto Tuesday at 6 p.m.GREEN BAY - After two tough outings at the Green Bay Southwest Father's Day Tournament, the Marinette Legion did a U-turn and turned possible disaster into a good weekend.
Marinette earned a berth in the winners' bracket and finished up its tournament play with two wins in its final three games.
Post 39 clinched a spot in the winners' bracket with a 9-2 win over the Green Bay Shockers and defeated the Appleton Doubledays 2-0 Saturday night.
Marinette joined the winners' bracket based on least runs allowed.
Marinette lost to tournament runner-up AshPort 6-1 Sunday.
"We're definitely encouraged with what we saw the last two days," coach Brian Lesandrini said. "Considering how we started, we finished very well. The coached talked after Friday night's games and we definitely noticed a difference the last two days."
Marinette got strong pitching efforts from Jake McMahon and Austin Belonga in its wins over the Shockers and the Doubledays.
McMahon struck out six and allowed just one walk in the 9-2 win over the Shockers, while Belonga tossed a one-hit gem while blanking Appleton. He struck out five and allowed three walks in the complete-game effort.
Marinette staked McMahon to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Aaron Benson's three-run homer. Luke Kelly drew a two-out walk and Belonga rapped a single to set up Benson's base-clearing bash.
Beau DeLaet and Kelly belted doubles in the fifth inning for Marinette's fourth run and Post 39 made the most of just two hits to break the game open with five runs in the sixth.
Ty Bebo drew a walk, Wright took first on an error and Klegin drove in both runners with a double.
Scott Eldredge brought home Klegin with his infield grounder, Kelly drew a walk and Nathan Kallestad drilled a two-run single to cap the Marinette scoring.
Lesandrini noted that McMahon stifled a Shockers' team that peppered AshPort for 13 hits on Friday.
"He located his fastball real well and kept the ball down," the coach noted. "He kept them off balance. They're a very good hitting team and he shut them down."
Klegin led Marinette's nine-hit attack with his 3-for-4 day at the plate.
"We hit the ball well," said the coach. "That was nice to see."
Marinette 2, Appleton Doubledays 0
Marinette backed up Belonga's one-hit mastery with another strong defensive effort.
"The pitching was outstanding. I don't think we had any errors in either game," said Lesandrini. "That's what set the tone."
Post 39 took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a double by Klegin, a sacrifice from DeLaet and Scott Eldredge's sac fly.
Benson continued his crisp hitting with a single in the seventh, Kallestad moved him to second with a sacrifice, Bebo drew a walk, Wright's single loaded the bases and Klegin gave Marinette its 2-0 lead with an RBI single.
Klegin led Marinette's six-hit output with his 3-for-3 effort and Benson had two hits.
"We put the ball in play and that's encouraging," said Lesandrini.
AshPort 6, Marinette 1
Two fielding miscues led to all of AshPort's runs.
With two outs in the third inning, AshPort scored four runs after a bid for a running catch in the outfield glanced off a fielder's glove.
Klegin was one out from getting out of the sixth inning when a pair of infield errors let in two more runs.
Marinette scored its run in the seventh on a Klegin single, a walk to DeLaet and Eldredge's RBI single.
Marinette left two runners on base in each of the last four innings.
"We had our chances," said Lesandrini. "We couldn't get the clutch hit. We actually played pretty good defense, but two plays made the difference. Against teams like (AshPort), you have to execute."
Bebo worked the first 2 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits, but walked five. Klegin scattered four hits in his 3 1/3 innings and didn't walk a batter.
Eldredge had two of Marinette's four hits.
Marinette (3-5) plays host to the De Pere 17-U team Tuesday.