Peshtigo weathers the heat, Storm
D.J. hits game-winner
Sunday, July 07, 2013 7:00 PM
PESHTIGO - D.J. Koronkiewicz's base hit gave the Peshtigo Predators a 12-11 Wishigan League victory over the Menominee Storm in a marathon slugfest Sunday.
There were 27 hits and five lead changes. The Storm took an 11-9 lead in the top of the 11th inning on Cody Tessmer's two-run single.
Every time the Storm struck, the Predators had an answer. Jerit Zeitler's three-run home run in the fifth gave Peshtigo a 6-4 lead. In the sixth, Cody Nielson slugged a solo homer to increase the lead to 8-4.
The Storm responded with five runs in the seventh to take a 9-8 lead. Brett Edlbeck slugged a two-run homer to highlight the big inning.
"That seventh was our best inning of the season," Storm coach Billy Betts said.
Edlbeck also slugged a solo homer in the fifth. Matt Lund tripled and scored in the fifth.
Max Hipke started on the mound for Peshtigo but was sidelined by an elbow injury in the third inning. Edlbeck started for the Storm and allowed seven runs in five innings.
Winning pitcher Brandon Barrette allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in 42⁄3 innings. Brian Bell took the loss despite nine strikeouts in 52⁄3 innings pitched. He allowed five runs - three earned - on six hits and two walks.
"Brian pitched well enough to win today," Betts said. "It was not an easy day for pitchers. The best we hit all year, and they hit the ball, too."
Peshtigo improved to 3-3 in the Wishigan League. The Storm is 3-4 in the league and 4-5 overall.
WP - Brandon Barrette 42⁄3 IP, 3R, 4H, 2W, 1K
LP - Brian Bell 52⁄3 IP, 5R, 6H, 2W, 9K
Leading hitters (Peshtigo): Jerit Zeitler 2x5, HR, 3 RBIs; Cody Nielson 2x5, HR; Max Hipke 2x3; Barrette 2x5; (Menominee): Brett Edlbeck 3x5, 2 HR, 3 RBIs; Matt Jacobs 2x5; Matt Lund 2x6, 3B; Sean Budzynski 2x6, 2B
Menominee 011 020 500 02 - 11
Peshtigo 002 132 010 03 - 12