Ryan Woods of Menominee Legion fires in a fastball during the third inning of Post 146’s first game of a doubleheader against Oconto on Tuesday. Riley Hegg pitched a no-hitter in the second game. EagleHerald/Billy Betts
Ryan Woods of Menominee Legion fires in a fastball during the third inning of Post 146’s first game of a doubleheader against Oconto on Tuesday. Riley Hegg pitched a no-hitter in the second game. EagleHerald/Billy Betts
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MENOMINEE - Menominee Legion didn't stay down for long after Tuesday's could've, should've 3-2 loss to Oconto at Spies Field.

Riley Hegg made sure of that with a no-hitter in Menominee's 4-0 win that split a Fox River Valley North Division doubleheader.

Hegg walked two, struck out 10, and was backed by flawless defense.

"A lot of fastballs," Hegg said of his efficient, 71-pitch gem. "I don't think I've ever thrown that many (fastballs) in a game."

Coming off a couple of rocky outings, Hegg has been working on a few things, trying to work out some kinks, Red Wave coach Tony Hofer said.

"It was long overdue," the coach said. "He'd been struggling a little bit on the mound."

A leadoff error - Menominee's only of the night - put Tanner Pillsbury on base in Oconto's first inning. Brandon Bahde bunted him over to second but Hegg worked out of trouble with two groundouts.

Brandon Laine drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, but Hegg picked him off first.

"The no-hitter's great, but I'm really happy with the fact that we had one error in two games today," Hofer said.

Hegg, whose curveballs started working better in the late innings, struck out the side to end the game.

"My curveballs was actually not working very good today," according to Hegg. "It was not going where I wanted it to go."

Menominee capitalized on an error to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Derek Reiswitz singled home Ryne Francour.

In the fifth, Francour drew a leadoff walk and R.J. Woods beat out a perfectly executed sac bunt for a single. Francour overran second, but reached third on a throwing error. He scored on Reiswitz's sac fly. When Chris Kelley hit into a fielder's choice, Woods hustled all the way home from second.

Cody Kovar drew a leadoff walk in the sixth. He advanced on Caleb Kleiman's sac bunt and scored on Hegg's bullet down the left field line.

Tyler Trepanier pitched the first 51⁄3 innings for Oconto (5-5 in the division, 6-6 overall). After scoring three runs in the first inning of the first game, Oconto was lifeless the rest of the night.

"Very surprised," coach Jeff Krueger said. "We couldn't get anything going. I think the first game just wore 'em out. We struggle against guys with decent command who can change speeds like that."

Post 74 began the night with Pillsbury's leadoff single, three walks, a hit batsman and Derek Ziesmer's two-run single.

Birthday boy Woods relieved Landen Maccoux after the first inning and was lights-out the rest of the night. Woods allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six.

"Ryan Woods came in and really shut them down," Hofer said.

Menominee cut into the lead with a big third inning. After Francour flied deep to left, Hegg was hit by a pitch and Woods singled. Maccoux delivered a towering two-run double deep to right/center.

But two wasted opportunities came back to haunt the Red Wave. In the fourth, Mark Pulver hit a one-out triple into the left/center gap but was stranded. In the sixth, Reiswitz singled through the hole and hustled to second when the throw back to the pitcher got away. Kelley singled to right, but a popup and flyout ended the inning with Reiswitz on third.

Menominee (10-13 overall, 4-6 in the division) will play host to White Lake today at 6 p.m.

Hegg and Red Wave assistant coach John Lauzer reminisced to his only other near-no-hitter.

"When he was 15 I said, 'you've got a no-hitter going,'" Lauzer said.

His next pitch went for a hit. This time, there was no such talk from Hegg's teammates or coaches in the late innings.

Oconto 3, Menominee 2

WP - Kyle Krueger 7 IP, 2R, 2ER, 6H, 0W, 12K
LP - Landen Maccoux 1 IP, 3R, 3ER, 2H, 3W, 1K

Leading hitters (Menominee): Mark Pulver 2x3; Maccoux 1x3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Derek Reiswitz & Chris Kelley 1x3; (Oconto): Derek Ziesmer 2x4, 2 RBIs; Rick Mataitis 1x1

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Menominee 4, Oconto 0

WP - Riley Hegg 7 IP, 0R, 0H, 2W, 10K
LP - Tyler Trepanier 51⁄3 IP, 4R, 6H, 4W, 2K

Leading hitters (Menominee): Reiswitz 2x3, 2 RBIs; Cody Kovar 1x1; Ryne Francour 1x2; Hegg 1x3, RBI

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