MENOMINEE — The bats of the Menominee Red Wave knocked off any rust from a three-week break in a doubleheader sweep of the Sturgeon Bay Saturday afternoon.
Menominee wiped out a 5-0 deficit in the opener for a 13-8 victory and trailed 4-1 in the nightcap before rallying for a 5-4 triumph at Spies Field.
The Red Wave (3-7) bashed out 12 hits in the opening-game win.
“We’ve hit the ball all season,” coach Tony Hofer said. “We came back in both games and I’m very happy with that. We know we can hit the ball, so we know we can come back.”
The Bays took advantage of four unearned runs off Ryan Woods to open up their five-run lead in the first game.
“It’s the same errors that are hurting us,” Hofer said. “Those are plays we have to make.”
Post 146 trimmed the lead to 5-2 in the third on a single by Riley Hegg, Matt Hanson’s RBI single and walks to Woods and Mason Kewley.
The Wave bats set of the honking of the Menominee fans duck calls with six runs on five hits in the fourth inning.
Mark Pulver was hit by a pitch, the third Wave player to be hit, to lead off the fourth and Adam Nolde poked a single. Jackson retired the next two hitters but Hanson kept the inning alive with a line drive RBI single to left.
Landen Maccoux air-expressed a blast over the left field fence to give the Wave a 6-5 lead.
Andrew Leinonen followed with a single, Kewley drew his second walk of the game and Nathan Nowack smacked a two-run single to right-center to pad the lead to 8-5.
Woods led off the fifth with a single, swiped second, and scored on Hegg’s single to bump the margin to 9-5.
The Bays chipped the lead to 9-7 in the sixth on two-out singles from Nick LeCaptain, Lucas Stephenson and Michael Larson, but Menominee lashed back with four runs in its half of the sixth.
Leinonen was plunked with a pitch for the second time, Kewley coaxed his fourth walk of the game, Pulver laced an RBI single, Nolde was hit by a pitch, Woods slapped a two-run single and Hegg ripped an RBI single to push the lead to 13-7.
It was the first game for Sturgeon Bay.
“We were missing (three starters) because of graduation, but no excuses,” said coach George Husby, who is in his 49th year with Sturgeon Bay baseball, including 39 as head coach of the Bays. “We were able to play the younger kids and I’m real happy with the guys that were here.”
Woods scattered seven hits, struck out nine and walked four while dealing more than 100 pitches. Just four of the runs off his were earned.
“He did nice job. The three-pitch fifth really saved him,” said Hofer. Hegg led the Wave’s 13-hit attack with three hits. Woods and Maccoux each had two hits and two RBI.
Lucas Stephenson lined an RBI single and Hanson gave up three walks in fourth inning of the second game as the Bays scored three runs with two outs to take a 4-1 lead.
Pulver led off the Menominee fifth with a walk, Nolde spanked a single and Woods rifled an RBI single to left.
Hegg cut the lead to 4-3 with a double to the gap in left-center and Hanson’s single to right tied the game. Maccoux gave Post 146 its winning margin on a run-scoring bouncer back to the pitcher.
Hanson struck out seven to match his seven walks in his 3 2/3 inning-start. He gave up just two hits.
Hegg struck out six of the 13 batters he faced while allowing just one hit to earn the win in relief.
“Hanson threw hard. He just has to get his control down a little bit,” Hofer noted. “Riley threw the ball well.”
Hegg led Menominee’s six-hit output with two hits.
“Once we get our whole lineup, we’re going to be tough for other teams,” said Husby. “We could have done our pitching a little differently, but I wanted to get our 16-year-olds (Austin Lardinois and Ryan Jackson) out there. You have to build depth in pitching in Legion baseball.”
The Red Wave will play host to the inaugural Father’s Day Tournament Saturday and Sunday. Menominee plays De Pere Saturday morning, and the Green Bay Shockers Sunday. The title game will be played Sunday afternoon.
Game 1
WP — Ryan Woods 7IP, 8R, 4ER, 7H, 4W, 9K
LP — Austin Lardinois 2 1/3 IP, 10R,  10ER,  9H, 2W, 1K
Leading Hitters: Menominee (Riley Hegg 3x5m 2 RBI; Landen Maccoux 1x5, HR, 2RBI; Ryan Woods 2x3, 2 RBI; Nathan Nowack 1x2, 2 RBI; Mason Kewley 4 W. Sturgeon Bay (Jason Lindeman 2x3; Keith Lehman 2x4)
Sturgeon Bay 203 002 1 — 8
Menominee 002 614  x — 13
Game 2
WP — Riley Hegg 3 1/3 IP, 0R, 1H, 2W, 6K
LP — Riley Cordier 3IP, 4R, 4Er, 4H, 1W, 2K
Leading Hitters: Menominee (Hegg 2x3, 2B, RBI; Woods 1x3, RBI; Matt Hanson 1x3, RBI; Landen Maccoux 1x3, RBI). Sturgeon Bay (Lucas Stephenson 1x3 RBI)
Sturgeon Bay 001 300 0 — 4
Menominee 001 040 x — 5