EagleHerald/Billy Betts
Marinette Legion pitcher Austin Marquardt hurls a fastball against Oconto Falls during the first inning of their game on Wednesday at Pederson Ball Park.
EagleHerald/Billy Betts
Marinette Legion pitcher Austin Marquardt hurls a fastball against Oconto Falls during the first inning of their game on Wednesday at Pederson Ball Park.

MARINETTE — The beat goes on for Austin Marquardt and his summer league teammates.

After guiding Coleman to a sectional playoff berth in the spring, Marquardt continued his dominance for the Marinette Legion by leading Post 39 to a 10-0 victory over Oconto Falls behind a no-hit, 10-strikeout performance on Wednesday.

“I felt really good today,” Marquardt said. “I started strong in the spring and it just carried. I’m hoping the same applies to this summer. We have a nice team around me.”

Fresh off a 2-1 record this past weekend against quality competition, Marinette’s bats jumped out early and Marquardt did the rest, striking out seven of the first 10 batters he faced.

“Austin had total command of the strike zone,” Marinette coach Brian Lesandrini said. “Three quarters of his pitches were strikes and he had hitters off-balance.”

Post 39 went scoreless in the first inning, but opened things up in the second.

A double by Nick Daye started things off. Rylie Nelson followed by reaching on an error, which plated Daye. Nelson then scored on a double by Riley Reif. Two more runs came across in the inning on Oconto Falls errors to make it a 4-0 game.

The hits kept coming for Marinette in the third.

Daye drew a lead-off walk, both Nelson and Jack Farley singled, plating Daye and Reif drew a walk to load the bases. An RBI single by Tyler Fayta drove in Nelson and back-to-back two-run singles by Trevor Bloch and Trey Bretl extended Post 39’s lead to 10-0.

Marquardt had his toughest battle in the fifth against Mason Sefcik, who fouled off one pitch after another until Marquardt finally struck him out on the 13th pitch of the at-bat.

“Marquardt is one heck of a pitcher and it was good for our guys to see someone like him,” Oconto Falls coach Joe Sefcik said. “He worked quick and kept our hitters out of the game. I was happy to see Mason battle for 13 pitches against him, but he’s just a tough guy to face.”

Marquardt faced one over the minimum, finishing the game by allowing just one walk and had solid defensive play behind him.

“I thought we hit the ball hard and played good defense,” said Marquardt. “We’re hosting state this year and I think this team has an opportunity to have a special summer.”

Tyler Mielke took the loss for Oconto Falls, giving up 10 runs (four earned), on eight hits with two strikeouts in two and one-third innings pitched.

WP — Austin Marquardt 5IP, 0R, 0H, 10K, 1W

LP — Tyler Mielke 21/3IP, 10R, 4ER, 8H, 2K, 2W

Leading hitters (Marinette): Adam Wahl 2x3, 2B; Nick Daye 1x1, 2B; Tyler Fayta & Trevor Bloch 1x2; Riley Reif 1x3, 2B

Oconto Falls 000 00 — 0

Marinette 046 0x — 10