SEYMOUR, Wis. — A rocky first inning put the Marinette baseball team in a hole it couldn’t get out of on Tuesday, and the Marines fell to Seymour 5-1 in a WIAA Division 2 Regional semifinal.

Marinette scored first in the top of the first inning. Tyler Fayta doubled to lead off, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Riley Nelson’s single. With Nelson on first, the next batter grounded into a double play to end the inning with a 1-0 lead, but Seymour would get the run back and then some in its half of the inning.

The leadoff batter singled, followed by a walk and a groundout to put runners on second and third with one out. Three straight singles followed, scoring three runs and the fourth came around to score on a two-out single. Marinette starting pitcher Trey Bretl ended the inning with his second strikeout to stop the rally, but Seymour gave itself a big cushion with a 4-1 lead.

“Trey had a little bit of a rough start on the mound for us. (Seymour) put the ball in play. They didn’t have a lot of hard hit balls but they landed in the spots where our guys weren’t,” Marinette coach Andy Walters said. “I thought after the first inning Trey really settled in and shut them down, we just couldn’t make anything happen at the plate.”

Marinette’s next-best scoring opportunity came in the fourth inning. Bretl singled with two outs and moved over to third on Ryan Dura’s single, but a groundout stranded both runners.

In the bottom half of the inning, Seymour scored its final run when the leadoff man reached on an error and later scored on a one-out single, ending Bretl’s day on the mound. He gave up eight hits in 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs while striking out four and walking four.

Nate Stewart came in to relieve Bretl and allowed no runs on one hit with three strikeouts and a walk.

The Marines hit into two double plays that ended what could have been big innings. The second double play came with time running out for Marinette in the sixth inning after Stewart singled to lead things off.

“Our nemesis all year has been hitting,” Walters said. “We averaged only three runs a game this year. Just didn’t have any productivity at the plate. Our pitching and defense allowed us to be competitive. I’m proud of the team for how they battled all game after the slow start we had.”

Marinette is losing six seniors off this year’s team in Bretl, Nelson, Fayta, Will LaLonde, Ryan Dura and Chris McKeever. Bretl, Nelson and Fayta were all named to the North Eastern Conference All-Conference Teams, and Walters noted how they will all be missed.

“All of those guys played a part on the team this year, big or small,” Walters said. “Everyone got progressively better as the season went on. Trey was a workhorse for us and it’s going to be tough to replace a kid like that, but we have some good things coming back next year so we’ll see what happens.”

LP — Trey Bretl 4 1/3 IP, 8H, 5R, 4W, 4K

Leading hitters (Marinette): Bretl 2-3; Ryan Dura, Riley Nelson & Nate Stewart 1-3; Tyler Fayta 1-4, 2B

Marinette 100 000 0 — 1

Seymour 400 010 x — 5