EagleHerald/Brian Bell
Menominee’s Jason Janquart fields a grounder as Negaunee’s James Bender runs to first base Tuesday evening at Spies Field.
EagleHerald/Brian Bell
Menominee’s Jason Janquart fields a grounder as Negaunee’s James Bender runs to first base Tuesday evening at Spies Field.
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MENOMINEE — Post 146 split a doubleheader against Negaunee on Tuesday night, with the Red Wave holding on to win the first game 3-2 and the Diamonds taking the second game with a 5-2 victory.

The Red Wave struggled at the plate in the two games, only totaling five hits and leaving 15 runners on base.

“We were impatient at the plate every time, we were always out on our front foot and we’re swinging when the ball isn’t even there yet,” Menominee coach John Lauzer said. “We’ve been trying to teach them to let the ball travel but we’re just too impatient and that’s something we have to correct.”

Menominee took advantage of some shaky pitching from Negaunee starter Tanner Peterson in the first inning of game one to score two runs on four walks and no hits. Andrew Schroeder and Alex Hanson both scored on passed balls in the inning.

“We were lucky to take advantage of that in the first inning because we didn’t do much offensively the rest of the day,” Lauzer said.

Red Wave starting pitcher Bryce Tharp allowed seven hits in the game, but was able to hold the damage to a minimum and when he didn’t come up with a big strikeout, his defense made plays for him.

Tharp got out of a second-inning scoring threat with runners on first and third by striking out the last two batters of the inning and his defense turned two double plays later in the game to help him along.

Menominee picked up another run in the second inning when Kyle Porath reached on an error and came around to score on a passed ball to take a 3-0 lead.

Both pitchers were strong throughout the rest of the game and didn’t allow much to happen up until Negaunee came to the plate for its last chance in the seventh.

Erik Anderson led off with a single and Geric Hill singled behind him. With runners on first and second, Tanner Peterson popped up to the second baseman who caught it and threw over to first for a big double play. After Taylor Laurin singled to again put runners on first and second, James Bender came up with a two-out double that scored two runs. Laurin advanced to third on the throw home and with a runner on third and two outs, Tharp finally recorded the last out on a comebacker.

Menominee was the visitors in game two so they were the first to bat and had a chance to blow the game open early.

Kyle Struve reached on an error, Schroeder singled and Hanson was hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases. With the 4-5-6 batters coming to the plate, Menominee failed to make anything come of the opportunity in front of it and the inning ended after two infield flies and a flyball to centerfield. Menominee left 10 batters stranded on base in the game, twice with the bases loaded.

If Menominee’s half of the inning ended sourly, Negaunee’s was about as sweet as can be.

Laurin singled and James Bender was beaned to put two runners on for A.J. Suardini who singled in Laurin. Keenan Johnson singled in Bender and Suardini scored when Jacob Adriano hit into a fielder’s choice. Johnson came around to score later on a passed ball and the Diamonds led 4-0 after one inning.

“When we play a double header it seems like we come out too relaxed and when they came out and got a 1-2-3 off us it didn’t look good, and then Jason (Janquart) kind of struggled when he came out in that first inning,” said Lauzer. “After that he settled down and I thought he pitched well.”

Menominee tried to start chipping away at the lead in the fourth inning when Matthew Delfosse was walked to start things off. Jason Janquart singled him over to second and Jesus Becerra singled Delfosse in to make it 4-1. But the inning stalled as Bender, the Negaunee starter, ended the threat with two strikeouts and flyout.

Menominee got another run in the sixth to make the score 5-2, but after a pitching change Negaunee was able to get out of the inning on a flyout to again leave the Red Wave with the bases loaded.

Janquart got the start for Post 146 in game two and besides for the shaky first inning he threw well, going the distance and allowing six hits and five runs with five strikeouts.

“We played well today besides our hitting, we’ll be putting a lot of work in tomorrow in the (batting cage) and hopefully we’ll be able to fix whatever it is that we need to so we can come back and be competitive,” Lauzer said.

Menominee hosts Marinette on Thursday at Spies Field at 7 p.m.

Game 1

WP — Bryce Tharp 7IP, 7H, 2R, 6K, 2W

LP — Tanner Peterson 6IP, 2H, 3R, 3K, 5W

Leading hitters (Menominee): Keagan Monroe 2x2, SB, HBP; (Negaunee) Taylor Laurin 2x4, R; James Bender 1x3, 2RBI

Negaunee 000 000 2 — 2

Menominee 210 000 x — 3

Game 2

WP — James Bender 52/3 IP, 3H, 2R, 7K, 5W

LP — Jason Janquart 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5K, 0W

Leading hitters (Menominee): Jesus Becerra 1x2, RBI, 2BB; Jason Janquart 1x3, R, BB; Andrew Schroeder 1x4; (Negaunee) Erik Anderson 2x2; Keenan Johnson 2x3, RBI, R;

Menominee 000 101 0 — 2

Negaunee 400 100 x — 5