APPLETON, Wis. —In the final action of the regular season, the Marinette Legion baseball team went 3-1 against tough competition to capture first place at the Appleton Legion tournament on July 16-18.
Post 39 opened the tournament on Friday splitting a two-game set with Appleton, winning the first game 4-2 before suffering a 12-1 blowout loss in game two.
Marinette fell behind 2-0 early in the first game but took the lead in the fifth after Braeden McMahon drove in Carson Erdman. Post 39 tacked on an insurance run in the sixth thanks to an RBI single from Keaton Uecke.
The second matchup played out nothing like the first, with Appleton hammering Post 39 for five runs in the fourth inning. Marinette’s lone run of the game came in the first inning, with McMahon scoring on an RBI-sacrifice by Preston Rehwinkel.
Marinette rebounded on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over Wausau. The game was scoreless through three innings until the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but Post 39 responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take 4-1 lead.
Despite Wausau making it a two-run game in the seventh, Post 39 picked up the victory thanks to the pitching of Alec Grandaw, who picked up the save after allowing only two hits through one and one-third innings.
Post 39 closed out the tournament with an 8-2 blowout victory over Green Bay Southwest on Sunday.
Marinette grabbed the lead in the second inning and never looked back, scoring four runs in the fifth inning while GB Southwest added two runs of their own in the fourth.
Jaden Werner was the winning pitcher for Marinette in the tournament finale, giving up a single hit and striking out four through just three and two-thirds innings.
Marinette hosts Regionals starting today at Pedersen Ball Park.
MARINETTE— 000 121 0—4
APPLETON— 101 000 0—2
WP—Seth Seefeldt 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, ER, HP, 6 K
Leading hitters (Marinette)—Kougar Wagner 2x3, RBI; Werner 2x4; McMahon 1x3, RBI, R; Erdman 1x3, RBI, R; Uecke 1x3, RBI; Alex Rupert 1x3, R
APPLETON— 130 53X X—12
MARINETTE— 100 00X X—1
LP—Wagner 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HP, 2 K
Leading hitters (Marinette)—McMahon 1x2, 2B, BB, R; Rehwinkel 1x2, SAC, RBI; Rupert 1x2; Werner 1x3
WAUSAU— 000 100 1—2
MARINETTE— 000 400 X—4
WP—Austin Burnside 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 K
S—Grandaw 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, HP, R, ER, K
Leading hitters (Marinette)—McMahon 2x3, 2B, 2 RBI; Lemery 1x1, 2 BB, 2 SB, R; Grandaw 1x2, R; Burnside 1x3, RBI
MARINETTE— 012 140 0—8
GB SOUTHWEST— 000 200 0—2
WP—Werner 3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, R, ER, HP, 4 K
Leading hitters (Marinette)—Burnside 2x4, BB, 2 RBI; Rupert 2x4, R; Seefeldt 1x2, 2B, BB, RBI, R; Rehwinkel 1x3, BB, R; Wagner 1x2, 2 BB, Grandaw 0x2, BB, RBI, R