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Marinette starting pitcher Trey Bretl fires in a pitch against Oconto Falls during their WIAA Division 2 regional opener at Pedersen Ball Park on Thursday.
EagleHerald/Billy Betts

Marinette starting pitcher Trey Bretl fires in a pitch against Oconto Falls during their WIAA Division 2 regional opener at Pedersen Ball Park on Thursday.

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MARINETTE — Trey Bretl was at his best when his team needed him most.

Facing No. 5-seeded Oconto Falls in its WIAA Division 2 regional opener, Bretl spun a no-hit shutout to help guide Marinette to a 3-0 victory on Thursday.

“Same story, different day for Trey,” Marinette coach Andy Walters said. “He didn’t even give them a chance today. He’s been doing this all year for us and had a strong defense behind him.”

From the start, it was evident Bretl was in command, displaying great zip on his fastball while hitting his spots with his off-speed pitches.

After shutting down the Panthers in the top of the first inning, the Marines did their offensive damage in the bottom of the inning.

Back-to-back singles by Tyler Fayta and Nate Stewart were followed by Rylie Nelson being hit by a pitch to load the bases. Braeden McMahon then drove in Fayta with a single to left field. Looking to help his cause, Bretl followed by dumping a single into left, bringing in Stewart and Nelson came around to score on a sacrifice flyout to center by Joe Bezio to make it a 3-0 game.

That score would hold up as Panthers starting pitcher Conner Peetz took command and only allowed two Marinette base runners the rest of the game.

Despite the lack of offense, Bretl looked sharp, striking out at least one batter in every inning and fanning five in the final three.

Oconto Falls didn’t go away quietly in the seventh as Mitchell Manns and Peetz drew walks to start the inning. Staying composed, Bretl came right back with back-to-back strikeouts before coaxing Dylan Nelson to ground out to second to end the game.

“I didn’t know I had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning, but my defense had my back all game and made some huge plays for us,” said Bretl. “It’s always great to pitch with the lead. You have a different demeanor when you’re out on the mound. I just focused on hitting my spots and staying ahead of their hitters.”

Bretl finished the game with 10 strikeouts and allowed just five base runners, and picked one off in the third inning.

“We scored about our average amount of runs tonight, but our defense and pitching were excellent. We had 99 errors as a team last year, but only 49 this year, so that’s been key to our success,” said Walters. “Trey has really shown composure throughout the year. I think it’s helped keeping him out of the middle infield, so he can focus on pitching, while moving all over the field when he’s not. He’s one of our best athletes and has been great all season.”

With the victory, fourth-seeded Marinette (9-12) travels to top-seeded Seymour on Tuesday.

“We’re just excited to get to play Tuesday,” Bretl said. “We’ll have the weekend to recover and get right back it. We’re looking forward to playing.”

WP — Trey Bretl 7IP, 0R, 0ER, 0H, 10K, 4W

LP — Conner Peetz 6IP, 3R, 3ER, 5H, 5K, 0W

Leading hitters (Marinette): Will LaLonde & Braeden McMahon 1x2; Tyler Fayta, Nate Stewart & Bretl 1x3

Oconto Falls 000 000 0 — 0

Marinette 300 000 x — 3