Too easy for Falls
Errors, walks doom Menominee Legion
Thursday, July 11, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - Errors and free passes kept Menominee from a victory in its Fox River Valley Legion League game against Oconto Falls on Thursday.
Despite outhitting Falls 8-3, Post 146 struggled with three costly errors and handed out eight walks en route to a 6-3 loss.
"Too many walks, too many errors," Menominee coach Tony Hofer said. "Same story, different day."
Post 146 held a 2-0 lead after three innings. Jaden Kleinke led off the first with a single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout to second by Derek Reiswitz.
In the third, Riley Hegg broke out of an 0-12 slump with a double to left, advanced to third and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Ryan Woods.
The walks and errors started to take place in the fourth for Menominee.
Tyler Magnin reached on an error to lead off the fourth. Ethan Berth and Bo Schroyer drew walks to load the bases before Matt Fournier drilled a single just off the glove of Mason Kewley at third, which sprinkled to left to score two runs and tie the game.
In the fifth, Kleinke, who had worked in and out of jams throughout the game, beaned the first two batters, prompting Hofer to replace him with Hegg.
Magnin singled to right on the third pitch he saw against Hegg, plating John Thompson to give the Falls a 3-2.
Three more Oconto Falls runs were plated in the sixth after an error at first and a single by Thompson, making it a 6-2 game.
"We capitalized on their errors, especially in the sixth and were able to score without hitting the ball well," Falls coach Chris Hillberg said.
Menominee attempted a mini-comeback in the seventh as Dalton Neumeier drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third before Hegg drove him with a sacrifice fly to center. That cut the lead to 6-3 before a groundout ended the game.
"I thought we hit the ball better tonight, but we need to string together a few hits instead of one an inning," Hofer said. "This next week, our focus will be on defense. We can't give away runs like we did tonight."
Hunter Magnin earned the victory for Oconto Falls (6-3 in the North Division), allowing just three runs on eight hits with seven Ks.
"Hunter threw strikes for us tonight and did a very nice job all-around," Hillberg said. "He's now 4-1 in conference play and after the way Menominee beat us last time, I think he had a little chip on his shoulder tonight. I was proud of him."
Ryne Francour led Menominee (9-12-1 overall, 3-5 in the North Division) with two hits and both Hegg and Kewley belted doubles.
Kleinke and Hegg combined to strike out 13 Falls hitters.
Menominee will play host to Oconto for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
WP - Hunter Magnin 7IP, 3R, 3ER, 8H, 7K, 1W
LP - Jaden Kleinke 4IP, 3R, 2ER, 1H, 6K, 4W
Leading Hitters (Oconto Falls): Matt Fournier 1x3, 2RBI; John Thompson 1x2; (Menominee): Ryne Francour 2x2; Riley Hegg 1x2, 2B; Mason Kewley 1x3, 2B
Menominee 101 000 1 - 3
Oconto Falls 000 213 0 - 6