ISHPEMING - The Tri-City Northstars couldn't come up with an answer for a dominating college pitcher during a 4-0 shutout to the Marinette, Wis., Redbirds in a Wishigan League baseball game played at the Ishpeming Ballfield Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Aaron Woods, a Saginaw Valley State pitcher, fanned 21 Tri-City players to give him 60 strikeouts in his last three outings.
The Marinette lefthader walked Northstars leadoff batter James Larsen II, but struck out the next three men to leave Larsen stranded on second following a stolen base.
Tri-City advanced to the Wishigan League championship game only to lose to the Redbirds in 2011.
The Marquette County team (3-3), which noted Woods' well disguised curveball and lively fastball, didn't get a hit until Steve Ludlum's one-out single in the eighth inning.
Ludlum moved around the bases on an Eric Beauchamp sacrifice and error, but couldn't get home before the inning ended.
Tri-City's only other hit was a ninth-inning double by former Negaunee standout Cory Larson.
Marinette got the run it needed in the first inning off Northstars' starter Tyler Desjardins, getting two more runs in the fifth as Desjardins allowed four hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Zak Uren pitched four innings for Tri-City in relief, allowing an eighth-inning run, two hits, two walks and fanning seven.
The Northstars' next game is in Ishpeming against Menominee at 2 p.m. Sunday.