Runner-up Redmen baseball team splits pair in Petoskey

PETOSKEY — Marquette split a pair of games to finish as runner-up at the Petoskey Invitational high school baseball tournament held Saturday.

The Redmen opened with a 7-1 victory over Remus Chippewa Hills and the host Northmen edged Reed City 2-1 to advance to the finals.

In the championship Petoskey prevailed over Marquette 11-5, while in the consolation, Chippewa Hills defeated Reed City 7-2.

Against Chippewa Hills, the game was tied 1-1 for three innings until the Redmen erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh to clinch it.

Jakob Peterson had a two-run single in the rally to help make a winner of teammate Blake Henriksen, who went 6 2/3 innings and threw 105 pitches, allowed just an unearned run on a single and two walks while striking out 11. Tyler Delmont came on to get the final out, walking one.

Teammate Brendan Kaski went 2 for 3, walking twice, scoring two runs and stealing a base. Erik Johnson had a double, RBI and scored a run, while Delmont walked, had an RBI and scored.

In the championship, the Redmen answered the host’s two-run first inning with three runs in the top of the second to take the lead.

But the Northmen scored runs in every subsequent inning to eventually take a 8-3 lead before MSHS got its final two runs in the fifth.

Marquette committed six errors to victimize losing hurler Kaski, who allowed 11 runs as nine of them were unearned over the first five innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk while fanning two. Alec Beauchamp worked the sixth, not giving up a run or hit while issuing one base on balls.

The Redmen managed just four hits, including a double by Peter VandenAvond and singles by Henriksen, Delmont and Beauchamp. VandenAvond had two RBIs and Henriksen and Beauchamp one apiece as teammate Bryce Brazeau scored twice and walked twice.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is