Red Wave takes two
Pitching helps Legion team win one-run games
Sunday, May 19, 2013 7:00 PM
MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Menominee American Legion baseball team followed up the pitching from Riley Hegg and Landen Maccoux with clutch hitting in a doubleheader sweep of Marquette Sunday.
Hegg and Maccoux combined to silence the Blues three hits in a 3-2 triumph in the opener and Mason Kewley and Ryan Woods each rapped out three hits in a 7-6 win in the nitecap of the Red Wave's season opener.
"We had a mix of younger guys play today who got some good experience and filled in well," coach Tony Hofer said. "Early season is always a little difficult and we are trying to figure everything out and players are sometimes playing positions they aren't accustomed to."
The Red Wave broke up a scoreless deadlock in the first game with all three of their runs in the fourth inning.
After Derek Reiswitz was hit by a pitch, Jaden Kleinke moved him to third with a single. Reiswitz scored on a Blues error and Caleb Kleiman gave Post 146 a 3-0 cushion with a two-run single.
Marquette cut the margin to 3-2 in the fifth on an error, Hunter Larson's single and Trevor Bratonia's two-run single.
Hegg allowed three hits in his five-inning start, while striking out four and walking two, to earn the win. Maccoux didn't allow a hit, fanned four and overcame three walks to earn the save.
The Red Wave edged out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the second game on an error and Maccoux's RBI single.
Two throwing errors helped give the Blues a 2-1 lead in their half of the first.
Ryne Francour socked a leadoff double in the third inning and a Woods' drove him home with the tying run.
Ryan Walther and Riley Lynch smoked doubles in the Blues third to help lift Marquette to a 4-2 lead.
The Red Wave rallied to take a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fourth inning.
Kleinke reached on an error to open the inning and Mason Kewley drove him in with a single. After Kleiman coaxed a walk, Woods ripped a two-run single.
The Blues pulled even in their half of the fourth on Derek Stone's RBI single.
Kleiman led off the sixth inning with a single and Francour moved him into scoring position with a bunt. Woods was clutch again as he gave Post 146 a 6-5 lead with a single. Woods scored on a Hegg grounder to give Menominee a 7-5 lead.
The Blues fired back again with a run in the bottom half of the sixth on singles by Hunter Larson and Bratonia, but Maccoux slammed the door with the tying run on base.
Woods drove in three runs while going 3 for 4 and Kewley was also 3 for 4 with a double. Maccoux had two hits.
Woods worked the final three innings and allowed three hits, struck out four and waked two to earn the win. Kleinke gave up six hits and five runs in his four-inning start. He struck out three and walked two.
"Overall, a good start today with two wins," Hofer said. "Pitching and defense were pretty solid for our first live action of the year. All four pitchers had some struggles, but did a good job of figuring it out before they got beat up too bad. They did a good job of keeping us in the game and gave us a great chance to win both games."
The Red Wave make their home debut Saturday in a doubleheader against the Blues.
Menominee 3, Marquette 2
WP - Riley Hegg 5 IP, 2R, 3H, 2W, 4K
Leading Hitters: Menominee (Ryne Francour 1x3, Landen Maccoux 1x3, Jaden Kleinke 1x3, Caleb Kleiman 1x3) Marquette (Riley Lynch 1x2, Hunter Larson 1x2)
Menominee 000 300 0 - 3
Marquette 000 020 0 - 2
Menominee 7, Marquette 6
WP - Ryan Woods 3 IP, 1R, 3H, 2W, 4K
LP - Ryan Walther 7 IP, 7R, 13H, 2W, 4K
Leading Hitters: Menominee (Ryan Woods 3x4, 3 RBIs; Mason Kewley 3x4, 2B; Landen Maccoux 2x4, RBI; Ryne Francour 1x4, 2B, RBI) Marquette (Riley Lynch 2x4, 2 2Bs, Ryan Walther 2x4, 3B)
Menominee 101 302 0 - 7
Marquette 202 101 x - 6