MARQUETTE — The Menominee baseball team’s undefeated month of June came to an end on Monday in Marquette as the Red Wave fell 11-6, keeping alive the winless streak Menominee has faced in Marquette since 2013.

It has been a long three days for Menominee as the Red Wave played in Negaunee on Saturday, had a doubleheader at home Sunday against Sault Ste. Marie and then had to make another two-and-a-half hour trip to Marquette on Monday for their fourth game in the three-day stretch.

“We have had a pretty long weekend with a lot of baseball, a lot of traveling and it has been very hot at the games so I think that had something to do with us coming out a little flat,” Menominee coach John Lauzer said. “We did not have our best today, but like I told the kids, we played a lot of ball the last few days and I know we will come back better and ready to play after we take a night off.”

The game started out well for the Red Wave as Andrew Schroeder launched a 400-foot ground-rule-double to dead center and Jaden Werner blasted a two-run home run two pitches later to give Menominee a 2-0 lead. After a flyout, Buddy Beyer drew a walk and Keaton Uecke reached base on a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning.

With Uecke on the bases, Braeden McMahon roped an RBI-single and the Red Wave took a 3-0 lead after the top half of the first.

Werner got the call on the bump for Menominee, and while he is usually a stalwart with the ball in his hand, he was a little off his game on Monday and Marquette took advantage of his misses. It was not all his fault, however, as the Red Wave’s defense committed two errors which is more than they have all season.

One of those costly errors came in the bottom of the first with two outs after Marquette had already plated a run to make it 3-1. With runners on first and third, Jake Peterson hit a grounder over to Keagan Monroe at shortstop, and after fielding the ball and making the throw, the Red Wave first-basemen could not hang on to the ball allowing two more runs to score in the inning to tie it at three and reset the game heading into the second.

After a three-up, three-down inning for both teams in the second, Menominee broke the 3-3 tie in the top of the third as Werner connected for his second home run of the game to almost the same spot in left field to make it 4-3.

Marquette’s pitcher sat the next three batters down in order to get out of the inning and then the Blues came up to the plate in the bottom half of the third and tied the game right back up with back-to-back doubles. Werner was able to coax a groundout to the next batter to strand a runner at second.

The Red Wave had no luck in their half of the fourth, and the game went sideways for Menominee when Marquette came back to the dish for its turn.

The inning started with a batter reaching on an error followed by a one-out walk to put runners at first and third and bringing up the top of the order. The next two batters hit RBI-singles, followed by a walk and then a two-RBI double and that was enough for Lauzer to make a pitching change. Werner allowed 10 runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking two.

“Jaden is a terrific player for us, he just didn’t have it tonight,” Lauzer said. “His location was a little off and some of his pitches weren’t working as well as they usually do. He is going to be fine, I’m not worried about him.”

Ethan Russell took over on the mound and threw well for Menominee, allowing an RBI-single and a walk before getting the final two outs of the inning, but the damage was done and the Blues held an 11-4 lead after the fourth. Russell closed out the game, finishing off the remaining 2 2/3 innings allowing one run on two hits with two walks and two punchouts.

“I was really happy with the way Ethan pitched in the last few innings,” Lauzer said. “Same goes for all of the guys I brought off the bench. They all played very well and nobody ever gives up on this team, that’s what I like the most about them.”

Menominee’s final two runs came in the fifth inning when Werner was walked and Monroe doubled him in and then in the sixth, Russell singled and scored on Monroe’s sacrifice fly. After blasting the two home runs in his first two at-bats, Werner was intentionally walked in his next two appearances at the plate.

The Red Wave (11-1) will take a day off now before heading up to Escanaba on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. start.

Menominee 301 011 0 — 6

Marquette 301 700 x — 11

LP — Werner 3 1/3 IP, 9H, 10R, 2W, 4K

Leading hitters (Menominee): Werner 2x2, 2 HR, 3RBI, 2BB, 3R; Monroe 2x3, 2B, 1B, 2RBI; McMahon 2x2, RBI.