Aaron Benson of the Marinette Legion squad hustles to third base to beat a sliding Ryan Woods of Menominee Legion during the fourth inning of their game on Wednesday. EagleHerald/Billy Betts
Aaron Benson of the Marinette Legion squad hustles to third base to beat a sliding Ryan Woods of Menominee Legion during the fourth inning of their game on Wednesday. EagleHerald/Billy Betts
MARINETTE - Innocent fly balls turned into UFOs and a taut pitchers' duel turned Spies Field into a Field of Nightmares.

Marinette completed a season sweep of Menominee with a wild 11-6 win at Spies Field Wednesday night.

The game was knotted at 1-1 when the defensive gremlins showed up in the fifth inning to aid a seven-run Marinette outburst.

"Sometimes you win ugly but you find a way to win," Marinette coach Brian Lesandrini said. "They're a good team. We took advantage of their mistakes."

Jake McMahon ripped a three-run triple to highlight Post 39's game-breaking fifth inning. Derek Klegin, who entered the game with a .500 average in Fox River Valley Conference North Division play, ignited the big inning with a single. Cody Tessmer slapped a two-run single in the inning and Scott Eldredge and Nate Kallestad also poked singles.

A Red Wave error with two outs allowed five more runs to cross the plate.

"It turned into a mess," Menominee coach Tony Hofer stated. "They're good. When you give them opportunities, they'll take advantage of it and they did."

Down 8-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Menominee lashed back with five runs to slash the lead to 8-6.

Marinette misplayed a ball in the light, Chris Kelley rapped an RBI single and Mark Pulver scorched an RBI double. Jaden Kleinke also rapped a single and Derek Reiswitz celebrated his birthday by raking an RBI single down the left-field line.

Post 39 resumed its attack with three more runs in the sixth on singles by Klegin, Aaron Benson, Kallestad and a misplayed fly ball that turned into a Luke Kelly single.

"We got some back, but then we gave them some more," said Hofer.

Ty Bebo and Aaron Woods turned in iron horse efforts on the mound.

Bebo allowed seven hits, struck out seven and overcame five walks while chucking 110 pitches to earn the complete-game win.

Woods went over the 120-pitch mark while allowing 13 hits, walking five and fanning seven.

Woods turned back a Marinette scoring threat in first inning after Klegin smacked a leadoff single, stole second and advanced to third on Benson's grounder. With two outs, Klegin made a full-out break to the plate with two strikes on the batter. With Klegin charging to the plate, Austin Belonga had no option but to let a third strike whistle past him as Klegin slid across the plate.

"He went on his own," Lesandrini explained. "He knew it was a mistake."

Menominee took a 1-0 lead in the first on a double to right-center by Woods and Landen Maccoux's RBI double to center.

Kallestad opened the second with a double, cruised to third on a wild pitch and sprinted home with the tying run when the Red Wave threw to second on a delayed steal.

Klegin went 4 for 5 to lead Marinette.

"He just finds a way to get on base," said Lesandrini. "If he puts the ball on the ground in the infield, he can beat out anything."

Kallestad was 3 for 3 and scored three runs and Kelly had two hits.

Woods and Maccoux each had two hits for Menominee.

"We gave ourselves a chance," said Hofer. "We have to tighten up our defense."

Marinette hiked its record to 18-7 with its 11th straight win and improves to 9-1 in the Fox River Valley North Division. Menominee (8-11-1) slips to 3-4 in the division play.

Menominee plays host to Oconto Falls tonight at 6. Marinette plays RSW at Schofield Friday and stays over to play Wausau Saturday.

WP - Ty Bebo 7IP, 6R, 7H, 5W, 7K
LP - Ryan Woods 7IP, 11R, 13H, 5W, 7K

Leading hitters: Marinette (Derek Klegin 4 x5, 2B; Kallestad 3x3, 3R; Luke Kelly 2x2; Jake McMahon 1x5, 3B, 3RBI) Menominee (Ryan Woods 2x4, 2B; Landen Maccoux 2x4, 2B; Mark Pulver 1x4 2B)

Marinette 010 073 0 - 11
Menominee 100 050 0 - 6