EagleHerald/Matt Lehmann
Menominee’s Ethan Russell dives back into first safely against Marquette in Tuesday’s game at Spies Field.
EagleHerald/Matt Lehmann

Menominee’s Ethan Russell dives back into first safely against Marquette in Tuesday’s game at Spies Field.

MENOMINEE — The Menominee Legion baseball team took the lead in the fourth inning and pitchers Andrew Schroeder and Zach Starzynski allowed just three hits all game to get the Red Wave a 5-2 victory over the Marquette Blues at Spies Field on Tuesday.

Marquette took the lead in the top of the second off Menominee starting pitcher Andrew Schroeder by taking advantage of a Red Wave throwing error on a late throw to first trying to turn a double play. The ball went to the fence and an unearned run came across to score to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.

“Those little things like that, those errors, we really have to stop doing that because really good teams are going to make us pay,” Menominee coach John Lauzer said. “I’m not saying Marquette is a bad ball club, but those are the things we can’t be doing later in the season. If we just field and throw it’s still no score. But we talked about it after the game and we’ll be correcting it tomorrow at practice.”

Schroeder pitched a 1-2-3 third inning for the Red Wave (3-0) before being relieved for Starzynski to start the fourth. He allowed one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk and gave his coach exactly what he was looking for.

“All we wanted out of Andrew was two or three innings and then we planned on putting Zach in and Andrew did his job and Zach finished it out, just like we drew it up,” Lauzer said with a laugh.

The rain started coming down in the top of the fourth, but Starzynski made quick work of the Blues in that half of the inning, sitting down the three Marquette hitters in order.

With Marquette in the field and the rain coming down even harder, Jesus Becerra ripped a leadoff triple down the line in right-field to get things going. After a strikeout, Alex Hanson coaxed a walk to put runners on the corners with one out.

On the first pitch to Keaton Uecke, Hanson took off for second and the Marquette catcher tried to catch Becerra sleeping at third, but his throw sailed over the third baseman’s head and Becerra easily came in to score. Hanson easily made it to second on the play, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when Uecke came through with a two-strike base hit to give Post 146 a 2-1 lead.

“When Keaton came up with that hit that was big. That was a good piece of two-strike hitting,” Lauzer said. “He was patient and waited on it and we’ve been trying to get the kids to do that more this year. They’ve all been out on their front foot and all their weight is coming forward to early. We told them just let the ball travel a little more and they started to do that towards the end of the game and it turned into some runs.”

Another run for Menominee came in the fifth. Ethan Russell led off with a single to left-center, advanced to second and third on errors and scored on Jason Janquart’s RBI-infield single.

Starzynski again shut down Marquette in the top of the sixth with a 1-2-3 inning and Menominee added two more insurance runs in its half of the inning.

Cole Caylor beat out an infield single to start things off and Russell drew a walk behind him to put runners on first and second with no outs. Schroeder followed Russell’s walk with an RBI-single that scored Caylor and Russell crossed home plate when Becerra grounded out to the shortstop.

The Blues scored an unearned run off Starzynski in the top of the seventh when the leadoff batter reached and scored on an error to cut the deficit to 5-2, but a groundout to the next batter ended the game and gave Starzynski his first ever Varsity Legion win.

“I told Zach ‘that’s a pretty good job for your first time pitching at the varsity legion level,’ and he had a nice big smile on his face,” Lauzer said. “He’s a pretty shy kid and he doesn’t show a lot of emotion but he had a big grin on his face which was great to see.”

Starzynski gave up just the one unearned run in his four innings of work. He allowed one hit, struck out three and walked none in his debut.

Menominee’s next game comes on Monday, when the Red Wave hosts Bark River-Harris in a twinbill starting at 5 p.m.

WP — Zach Starzynski 4IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0W, 3K

Leading hitters (Menominee): Andrew Schroeder 3-4, RBI; Cole Caylor 1-1, R; Keaton Uecke 1-3, RBI; Ethan Russell 1-2, 2R, BB; Jason Janquart 1-4, RBI

Marquette 010 000 1 — 2

Menominee 000 212 x — 5