Struttin’ their stuff: Marquette pulls away for win in annual Oldtimers softball game played in Negaunee

Marquette’s Sudsy Hamari smacks a single during the Oldtimers softball game against Negaunee played Wednesday at LaCombe Field in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Ryan Stieg)

“I just moved the ball around and finding the strike zone was the big thing.” — Ed Bernard, pitcher, Marquette Oldtimers

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NEGAUNEE — For many of the men who took part in the Oldtimers softball game between Marquette and Negaunee on Wednesday afternoon, their full-time playing days may be behind them, but that competitive spirit was still evident on the diamond as chatter was common and fielders gave it their all chasing down fly balls at LaCombe Field in Negaunee.

In the end, though, it was Marquette that came on top as it used consistent hitting and strong pitching from Pedro Flynn and Ed Bernard to post a 10-1 victory. Bernard said he used a variety of pitches, including a knuckleball, to ring up batters.

“I just moved the ball around and finding the strike zone was the big thing,” he said. “If you can get the ball there, you can feel comfortable. It was nice having Pedro start off so I didn’t have to throw a lot. It was just a fun day.”

Negaunee’s Dan Niemi delivers a pitch during the Oldtimers softball game played against Marquette on Wednesday at LaCombe Field in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Ryan Stieg)

Marquette used some Negaunee miscues in the field to take a 3-0 lead in the fifth. However, Negaunee mounted a rally in its half of the inning. With two outs, Dave Savolainen reached base on an error and scored not long after on a long double by Andy Dellangelo to cut the home team’s deficit to 3-1.

After that, it was all Marquette. In the top of the sixth, Bill Hetrick hit an RBI single, and two batters later, Joe Stupsky cranked a two-run single.

Up 6-1 in the seventh, Marquette tagged on four more runs to break the game open. Tom Sullivan scored on a fielder’s choice and then Bernard smacked a base hit that scored Sudsy Hamari and Bruce Wood. Danny Vizzetti then completed the scoring when he scored on a bases-loaded walk issued to Ralph Beauchamp.

When asked if he’d be back again if the game is held next summer, Bernard said he’d be there for sure.

“I’ll be back,” he said. “As long as I’m still going, I’ll be back. I feel pretty good right now actually. We played decent and we’ve got some good ballplayers.”

He will probably get a chance even before then, as a rematch is usually scheduled for later in the summer. Other games to include teams from Ishpeming and Gwinn may also be scheduled.

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