Negaunee Miners, Marquette Redmen rally for baseball twinbill sweeps

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee scored early and often in the nightcap and withstood committing five errors to complete a sweep of L’Anse in a high school doubleheader held at Irontown Field on Monday.

The Miners put together a six-run rally in the bottom of the sixth and final inning in the opener to pull out an 8-7 victory before holding on for an 8-5 win in Game 2.

Sophomore Trey Gee pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to get the pitching win in Game 1, allowing three runs on two hits with five walks while striking out two. He came on in relief of starter Michael Potvin, who went 3 2/3 innings and gave up four runs while scattering four hits and a walk as he fanned one.

Lucas Kissel absorbed the loss for the Purple Hornets, pitching one inning and allowing six runs on four hits with four walks while K’ing one.

Teammate Tanner Lane started and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits but eight walks while fanning four.

Negaunee’s Tylor Robinson was the lone player with two hits, including a triple as he knocked in two runs and scored one himself. Carter Richardson had a single, two RBIs, a run, walked twice and stole a base, while Alex Munson also singled and knocked in two while walking and stealing a base.

Kissel had a hit, two RBIs and scored a run, while teammate Tanner Lane doubled and Alec Rajala, Nick Lindstrom and Terry each singled and knocked in a run.

In the nightcap, Miners hurler Jason Waterman survived his team’s defensive lapses, going the distance while allowing just one earned run, scattering six hits and two walks as he struck out four.

Rajala took the loss for the Hornets, going the first three innings as he allowed seven runs on eight hits and five walks while fanning three. Alex Kissel went the final three innings, allowing a run on a hit and three walks as he also K’d three.

Eric Anderson was the Negaunee hitting hero, going 4 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Teammate Hunter Haanpaa was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a walk, while Waterman also knocked in a run with a single, a run scored and two walks drawn.

The Miners are back in action at 4 p.m. today in Calumet.

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Marquette 5-9, Kingsford 3-5

At Marquette, the visiting Flivvers scored multiple runs in the top of the first inning each game only to have MSHS come back to take both wins.

In the opener, which Marquette won 5-3, Kingsford scored three in the top of the first, only to be countered by the Redmen taking four themselves in the bottom of the inning for a 4-3 lead.

MSHS pitcher Blake Henriksen made the early lead stand up, going five innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out nine. Jake Allard-Soucey got the save, pitching a hitless sixth.

Among Marquette’s 10 hits, Henriksen, Peter VandenAvond and Jake Peterson had two hits apiece, while Erik Johnson, Brady Wright, Brendan Kaski and Nick Plourde had one each.

The Flivvers opened the nightcap fast again, scoring two in the first and three in the second for a 5-0 lead. Marquette answered with four in the third and five more in the fourth to complete the scoring in a 9-5 victory.

“We did a much better job of moving the runners around with two outs,” MSHS manager Spencer Larson said. “I was really proud of the boys being able to stay focused and come back in both games and get the wins.

“We still committed too many errors, but we were able to play through them and that’s what’s important.”

Kaski came on to pitcher in the second inning of Game 2, going 4 2/3 innings and not allowing a run on two hits and two walks as he fanned six for the win. Allard-Soucey started and went 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits.

Kaski also led Redmen batters with two hits as Johnson, VandenAvond, Henriksen, Allard-Soucey and Mike Tarr II added one hit apiece.

The Redmen travel to Gladstone on Friday for another doubleheader.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.