MARINETTE — The Marinette Redbirds used a six-run fourth inning to topple the Freedom Mets 8-1 at Pederson Ball Park on Sunday.

Both teams recorded four hits in the game, but the Mets issued nine free passes to Marinette batters while hitting two others. Meanwhile, three Redbirds hurlers limited the Mets to a lone run in the ninth inning.

Matt Eldridge tossed five scoreless frames to earn the win. He worked around a one-out walk and a single in the first inning by striking out Dakota Brockman and getting Anthony Langer to fly to right.

Marinette staked Eldridge to an early lead when Jason Hofer singled and scored on a Scott Eldredge hit in the bottom of the first.

The Mets came up with their best scoring threat against Eldridge in the third when Ravis Vanderloup walked and Dakota Brockman hit a two-out double; however, Eldridge struck out Langer to strand runners at second and third.

Marinette broke the game open in the fourth. After a strikeout to start the inning, Riley Hegg singled and Wally Rivera was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Trevor Block and Jordan Powers drew walks to push runs across, and a Freedom error plated two more. A single from Chris Lefeber plated Powers and  Hofer to push the score to 7-0.

It looked as though the game might get out of hand in the fifth. Rivera, Nick Daye and Block walked in succession to load the bases with no outs. However, the Freedom defense stiffened an allowed only one run to cross on a one-out sac bunt from Hofer.

Trey Bretl worked scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh. Scott Eldridge tossed the eighth and ninth allowing just the one run in the final inning.

Hofer went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

Matt Eldridge allowed no runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven.

The Redbirds will host the Hoffa Park Panthers at Pederson Ball Park on Friday.

WP — Matt Eldridge 5IP, 0R, 4H, 3W, 7K.

Leading Hitters (Marinette): Hofer 1-3, RBI, 2R; Scott Eldridge 1-5, RBI; Lefeber 1-3, 2RBI; Daye 0-0, 2R, 2BB, HBP.

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