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Brendan Kaski, Brady Wright pitch Marquette Redmen to high school baseball sweep of Menominee

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School earned a baseball doubleheader sweep of Menominee at home on Haley Memorial Field on Tuesday night.

The Redmen took the lead in the third inning and added two insurance runs in the fourth to take the opener 4-1 before racing out to a 9-3 victory in the nightcap.

After the Maroons struck first in Game 1, the Redmen knotted things up 1-1 in the bottom of the second.

Brady Wright earned an RBI in the third inning, bringing home Jakob Peterson for the go-ahead run. Then it was Blake Henriksen following it up with a pair of insurance runs, knocking a long double to left-center field to score Peter VandenAvond and Wright.

The victory was backed by a one-hit pitching performance from senior pitcher Brendan Kaski, who went all six innings and struck out four while walking five.

“Brendan was real strong on the mound for us and we played solid defense behind him,” MSHS assistant coach Sam Prentice said. “We did a real good job of putting balls in play and making (Menominee) make mistakes.”

The Redmen finished the game with nine hits as Peterson, Henriksen and Jake Allard-Soucey grabbed two each. VandenAvond, Wright and Kaski added the other three.

Wright took the rubber in the nightcap and got plenty of run support as MSHS exploded for seven first-inning runs and never looked back.

He gave up four hits and struck out nine while walking none to give the Redmen back-to-back complete games.

“Brady pitched a real gem while going the distance,” Prentice said. “He was sharp and we played pretty good defense behind him.”

Tanner Judd led the Redmen with two hits, while VandenAvond and Henriksen each had an extra-base hit.

“This should give us a little momentum and confidence going into districts this weekend,” Prentice said.

Marquette faces district host Escanaba in an MHSAA Division 2 tournament semifinal at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Sault Ste. Marie faces Petoskey in the other half of the bracket at noon, with the championship slated for 5 p.m.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. Email him at sports@miningjournal.net.