Marquette nips Negaunee in another Oldtimers thriller; more games set to be played

Negaunee’s Dan Neimi pitches against Marquette Thrusday evening, August 3, 2017 at LaComb Field in Neguanne, MI. (Journal photos by Corey Kelly)

NEGAUNEE — A new group of first-time oldtimers highlighted the Marquette-Negaunee rosters in a game played in the rain at LaCombe Field with the visitors coming out on top 7-6.

New and younger pitchers (62 years and older to participate) like former Class A Remillard’s Bar pitchers Pedro Flynn and Ed Bernard took the mound for Marquette while former Munising Harry’s Oilers Dan Niemi pitched in relief for Negaunee. A slippery ball created some anxious moments at times as routine grounders and pop flies were spinning out of the fielder’s mitts.

Fourteen strikeouts were recorded with the stronger pitching which prevented further scoring in the game from the miscues.

Bill Hetrick, Marquette’s leadoff batter, cracked a triple to right field but a perfect relay throw from Gerry Pirkola to Don Williams nailed the speedster at the plate on a very close play. Negaunee picked up three runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Flynn on two walks, two errors, and singles by Williams and Andy Dellangelo.

Marquette was held scoreless by Gary Anderson for two innings and Niemi who relieved in the third and recorded three strikeouts. However, in the fourth Marquette took a 4-3 lead even though Niemi struck out the side again.

Negaunee’s Bea Parolini, right, shakes hands with Marquette’s Pedro Flynn after he makes it to first base safely Thrusday evening, August 3, 2017 at LaComb Field in Neguanne, MI. (Journal photos by Corey Kelly)

Singles by Doug Griffin, Hetrick, Joe Stupski, two errors, and a two-run single by Flynn provided the damage.

Pirkola doubled off the fence in left center and scored on an infield error to tie the game at 4-4 in the fourth.

Marquette took the lead once again 5-4 in the top of the fifth on singles by Ralph Beauchamp, Bob Stone and Eugene Menapace RBI hit to left.

Once again, Negaunee rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning on three errors and an infield single by Steve Parkkonen to lead 6-5.

Marquette rallied again in the top of the sixth inning on singles by Jerry Nobert and Bruce Woods, two walks and a 2-base 2-out error on an infield popup that scored two runs.

Ed Bernard picked up the win relieving Flynn in the third inning while Dan Niemi suffered the loss in relief of Gary Anderson in the third inning.

Negaunee will entertain Gwinn in a rematch next Thursday at LaCombe Field with a 4 p.m. start. Gwinn recorded an 8-7 win at Gwinn earlier.

Negaunee also travels to Marquette for a rematch at Hurley Field on Friday, Aug. 11 beginning at 5 p.m.

Editor’s note: Roland “Foo” Koski provided this story and the box score on page 2B.