Redbirds make it five straight
Marinette rises to the challenge
Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 AM
MARINETTE — A fifth straight title in the Wishigan League and postseason playoffs was anything but easy for the Marinette Redbirds.
Heath Rowe of the Menominee Storm dives back to first base as Marinette Redbirds first baseman Cody Woods applies the tag Saturday at Pedersen Ball Park. Rowe was safe but the Redbirds won. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
Saturday, the Redbirds won the tournament title with a comeback 7-3 win over the Channing Railroaders at Pedersen Ball Park. In Saturday’s first game, the Redbirds edged the Menominee Storm 2-1.
Channing strung together four consecutive singles following a leadoff error and a groundout to take a 3-0 first-inning lead. Cole Grenier, Ken Pelarek and Barry Holsworth hit RBI singles.
The Redbirds got a run back in the bottom of the first. Jordan Powers was hit by a pitch and scored on Pat Wolard’s flyout.
Marinette batted around the order in a four-run third which was aided by three straight errors. Wolard hit an RBI single, Adam Francour bunted the runners into scoring position, and Todd Olsen hit an RBI single.
Austin Belonga walked and scored on Wolard’s base hit in the fourth. In the sixth, Cody Bezio walked and scored on Francour’s sac fly.
Wolard settled down after a shaky start to earn the win. He allowed three runs — two earned — on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in five innings.
Cody Woods and Luke Kelly each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Wolard was 3 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
Channing advanced to the tourney title game with a 5-2 win over the Tri-City North Stars in the second game.
For the second time in eight days, the Storm gave the Redbirds all they could handle. Aaron Woods and Jake McMahon hooked up into another pitcher’s duel. McMahon allowed one unearned run, six hits and two walks while striking out eight in seven innings. Woods gave up one earned run on three hits with three K’s and three walks in five innings.
The Redbirds took the lead in the third when Jason Hofer reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on Jordan Powers’ base hit.
The Storm tied it in the top of the sixth. Heath Rowe singled, stole second and scored on Ryan Kruse’s base hit up the middle.
The Redbirds reclaimed the lead in their half of the sixth off reliever Brian Bell. Powers drew a leadoff walk, stole second, took third on Wolard’s flyout, and scored on Francour’s fly to right
The Redbirds finished the season 16-6.
Marinette 7, Channing 3
WP — Pat Wolard 5 IP, 3R, 2ER, 8H, 1W, 7K
LP — Mike Miller 6 IP, 7R, 4ER, 8H, 2W, 1K
Leading hitters (Marinette): Wolard 3x3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Jordan Powers & Adam Francour 1x2, RBI; Todd Olsen 1x3, RBI; (Channing): Cole Grenier 3x3, RBI; Kyle Sexton 2x3; Barry Holsworth 2x4, RBI; Mike Miller 2x4
Channing 300 000 0 — 3
Marinette 104 101 x — 7
Marinette 2, Menominee 1
WP — Jake McMahon 7 IP, 1R, 0ER, 6H, 2W, 8K
LP — Brian Bell 1 IP, 1R, 1H, 0W, 0K
Leading hitters (Marinette): Scott Eldredge 1x1; Jordan Powers 1x2, RBI; Wolard 1x3; (Menominee): Heath Rowe 2x3; Brian Bell 1x1; Sean Budzynski 1x2; Ryan Kruse 1x3, RBI
Menominee 000 001 0 — 1
Marinette 001 001 x — 2