NEGAUNEE - Henry St. Aubin smacked a tie-breaking grand slam inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Negaunee Old-Timers a 9-5 win over Marquette at LaCombe Field in Negaunee on Wednesday afternoon.
Marquette jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a double by Fred Hume, a single by Gerry Nobert, a sacrifice fly by Tom Sullivan and single by Joe Stupsky.
Negaunee rallied for four runs in the bottom of the second on only three singles, Negaunee spokesman Roland "Foo" Koski said. Steve Parkkonen tallied one with a single and the others scored on bases-loaded walks and a hit batter.
Negaunee Old-Timers’ Hank St. Aubin catches a fly ball to end an inning against Marquette on Wednesday afternoon at LaCombe Field in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
The score remained that way until Marquette regained the lead, 5-4, with three unearned runs in the fifth. A Stupsky hit, a walk and an error led to a Mike L'Huillier bases-loaded two-run double with two outs. A bases-loaded walk forced in the lead run.
Negaunee rallied in the bottom of the sixth after two were out. A walk, singles by Gerry Pirkola and Don Trudell, and a bases-loaded walk to Reuven Romback tied the score at 5-5.
St. Aubin's line drive to the fence in right climaxed the five-run inning.
Koski pitched the entire game for Negaunee, allowing five runs - three unearned - and seven hits. He walked five and struck out four.
Eugene Menapace started for Marquette, but left in the second inning with a leg injury and was replaced by Mike Musolf. The latter quieted the Negaunee batters until the sixth.
Marquette pitchers allowed seven hits and nine walks while fanning six.
With the win, Negaunee now holds an 18-15 series lead heading into a return match in Marquette on Friday, July 26.
Prior to that game, Negaunee will travel to Gwinn for an Old-Timers game next Thursday.
Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251