EagleHerald sports writer
MARINETTE —The Marinette Marines Varsity baseball team defeated Oconto Falls in their home opener by the narrowest of margins, 5-4 extending their record to 2-0 on the season.
These two wins are particularly meaningful for Marinette coach Mike Maedke. In his first season coaching Marinette, he has coached his new team to victory over his alma mater, Oconto Falls as well as his former coach, Charlie Rochon.
Not only did Adam Lemery throw five strong innings as the Marines starting pitcher Friday night, he produced on offense too and in a big way. Lemery drew a walk, had three hits on three at bats, two doubles and one of his two runs sealed the victory for Marinette in walk off style when, as coach Maedke put it, “he came up huge in the bottom of the seventh inning.”
Lemery’s performance was as clutch as it was huge when leading off the inning the bottom of the final inning he blasted a double as the go-ahead runner, before scoring the walk off run the next at bat.
Braeden McMahon, Carson Erdman and Hayden Myers, also scored runs for Marinette but coach Maedke is not content and wants “to change the persona of what Marinette baseball was in the past to what it is now and, these seniors (McMahon, Erdman, Myers, Asaia Polazzo, Owen Suennen, Christian Schroeder, Nate Poetzl) really bought into that and I think whatever we go for the rest of this season these six seniors that we have right now are laying the foundation for the success that we have in coming years.”
Despite falling to 0-2, coach Rochon remains optimistic.
“A work in progress but we will get there because we’re not far. The two strike hitting was a big thing. We had 11 strikeouts the other day and you don’t win many games with 11 strikeouts. But tonight they kept in it enough to give us a chance to win and that’s all I can ask. Keep battling and working hard.” Rochon said.
The Marinette Marines baseball team looks to continue upon its winning way when they travel to Little Chute tonight at 4:30.