Getting the job done: Marquette Redettes sweep twinbill from Menominee Maroons despite spotty hitting

Marquette’s Chelsea Wiggins pitches to Menominee Tuesday afternoon during a high school softball doubleheader played at Hurley Field in Marquette. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

Up next: Marquette at Escanaba (doubleheader), 4 p.m. Thursday

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MARQUETTE — The Marquette softball team picked up two victories Tuesday against Menominee, but it went about getting them in different fashion.

In the opener, the Redettes blew out the Maroons 15-0 in four innings, while in the nightcap, they scraped together a 3-1 win behind a strong outing by pitcher Chelsea Wiggins.

The stark contrast in offensive performances led to some mixed feelings from Redettes head coach Paul Seibert.

“Their pitcher struggled a little bit in the first game,” he said. “I think she walked three or four batters. Then they changed pitchers and we got four or five hits off of her. We started off strong and then we kind of went flat after that. Defensively, I thought we played well and Chelsea also did her job well in the circle.”

“It was senior night today, so after the promenade between games, we didn’t come out with a lot of energy in the second game. It’s too late in the year to be doing that kind of stuff, but we got the win.”

During the second game, Menominee got on the board after scoring on an error in the top of the first inning, but Marquette answered in its half of the frame.

Kaleigh Duncan reached base on a fielding error and after stealing second, she scored on a throwing error on a ground ball hit by Wiggins.

The Redettes would pick up hits in the next two innings, but couldn’t break the tie until the fourth. After Ashlyn Steer reached base on a walk and Madison Carter followed on a throwing error, Hannah Bulinski laced a base hit to left field to score Steer.

Menominee threatened to tie the game again in the fifth after back-to-back hits, but Wiggins got out of the jam by forcing a pop up.

The Redettes had their own chance to score in its half of the inning. After Sofia Vandenende got on base on a fielder’s choice, Megan McIntire and Steer followed with singles, but a double play kept Marquette off the board.

The Redettes got their insurance run in the sixth. After Bulinski reached first on a fielder’s choice, Duncan laid down a bunt single and Bulinski scored when the Menominee pitcher’s throw to first sailed wide.

Wiggins then mowed through the Maroons lineup in the seventh to complete the win. She gave up four hits with 12 strikeouts.

In the early game, Marquette exploded for 12 runs before the first out was recorded. The Redettes then added another run in the third and two more in the fourth to complete the mercy-rule win.

Duncan was 4 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored, while Bulinski was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Wiggins got the win again in the circle after throwing a one-hitter and notching nine strikeouts.

With the postseason quickly approaching, Seibert is feeling positive about his team’s chances.

“Defensively, we are playing a lot better than we were at the start of the year,” he said. “Offensively, we’re in a bit of a funk, but I think we’ll bear down heading into next week. It’s a grind and we were gone five weeks in a row playing tournaments, so the holiday weekend might help us recharge our batteries.”

Marquette plays at Escanaba Thursday.

Ryan Stieg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.