EagleHerald/Brian Bell
Menominee’s Keagan Monroe blasts a two-run single on Wednesday against Marquette at Spies Field.
EagleHerald/Brian Bell
Menominee’s Keagan Monroe blasts a two-run single on Wednesday against Marquette at Spies Field.

By BRIAN BELL
EagleHerald staff writer
bbell@eagleherald.com

MENOMINEE — Menominee was able to keep things rolling on Wednesday against Marquette as Post 146 handled a short-handed Blues team 15-0 in five innings. 

“Couldn’t be happier about starting out 3-0,” Menominee coach John Lauzer said. 

Menominee burst out of the gates in the first inning, sending 14 batters to the plate in a 10-run explosion.

With the Red Wave already leading 2-0, Jesus Becerra stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he cleared the bases when he launched a triple to right-center field. Becerra scored on an overthrow to third on the play making the score 6-0. Marquette had chances to get out of the inning unscathed but some costly errors allowed Menominee to extend the inning and things got worse from there. 

“We should have been out of that inning with nine pitches,” Marquette coach Derek Swajanen said. “Two ground balls and line-drive to the second baseman and it turns in to 10 runs. We’re young but we’ve been young all year and made the basic plays like that. That being said, we’re also missing four players so its tough when nobody is in their normal position.”

The Blues changed pitchers in the inning before starter Alec Gadzinski registered an out, but Hogan Nemetz came in and was able to contain the Menominee offense enough to get out of the inning. 

“Don’t get me wrong (Gadzinski) throws well and does a good job, but he’s our fourth pitcher,” Swajanen said. “So when we’re missing our top three pitchers its tough. This isn’t the normal Marquette that you’ll see, but I’m happy the younger kids got an opportunity to learn and play today.”

On Menominee’s side, Matthew Delfosse was dealing all game long and his defense backed him up the way any pitcher would like. 

The defense showed their pitcher they had his back in the second inning, turning a double play to halt some momentum after the Blues singled in its first two at-bats. Delfosse thanked the defense by striking out the next batter to strand a runner on a third base. 

“Defense was solid again, that 6-4-3 double play really took them out of the only inning they really had a chance to score,” Lauzer said. 

While the defense was making plays, the Red Waves’ offense was nowhere to be found in the second and third innings. The coaches huddled the players in front of the dugout after the top of the fourth and gave them a message to stay focused and not get complacent with a big lead. And it worked.

Menominee scored five runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run single from Keagan Monroe that scored Alex Hanson and Becerra. 

“It’s tough when you’re up by 10 runs to stay focused,” said Lauzer. “So we finally told them in the huddle to refocus and start hitting the ball and they did.”

Delfosse had everything going for him as he threw only 60 pitches in his five innings of work. He struck out seven, walked one and allowed three hits. 

“I’m very happy with Matt tonight,” Lauzer said. “First time he’s pitched for our Legion team and he throws 60 pitches. He’s a good kid, he throws strikes and that’s all we want. We’re happy to have a player like that.”

Gadzinski got the loss as he gave up 10 runs on three hits with two walks. 

Menominee travels to Iron Mountain to play tonight at 5 

“Iron Mountain tomorrow night,” Lauzer said. “I like my pitching depth, we have six pitchers and another young one going tomorrow.

“So we’ll go up to Iron Mountain and see what we can do.”

WP — Matthew Delfosse 5IP, 0R, 3H, 7K, 1W

LP — Alec Gadzinski 10R, 3H, 0K, 2W

Leading hitters (Menominee): Matthew Delfosse 2x2, 3B, 2R; Kyle Struve 2x4, R; Jesus Becerra 1x3, 3B, 2R; (Marquette) Alec Gadzinski 2x2, Blake Henriksen 1x1, HBP; 

Marquette 000 00 — 0

Menominee (10)00 5x — 15