Redmen baseball earns split at Petoskey Invite

PETOSKEY — The Marquette Senior High School baseball team split a pair of games against downstate competition at the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday.

The Redmen are back in action a 4 this afternoon with a home doubleheader against Kingsford at Gerard Haley Memorial Field.

On Saturday, Marquette lost to the host Northmen 9-3 in the morning before bouncing back for a 14-4 mercy rule-shortened win over Remus Chippewa Hills that afternoon.

In the opener, MSHS gave up four runs in the first inning and were unable to catch up.

“We made way too many errors this morning and you just can’t do that and be competitive,” Redmen manager Spencer Larson said on Saturday. “If you take away the first inning and the terrible start with all the errors, this was a 5-3 game.

“We had almost as many hits as them and had runners in scoring position in almost every inning. But when you commit seven errors you’re not going to win many games.”

Nick Plourde led Marquette on offense with three hits, while adding a hit apiece were Jon Jason, Jake Peterson and Brady Wright. Taking the loss on the mound was teammate Brendan Kaski.

In the consolation game against Chippewa Hills, Blake Henriksen earned the pitcher win with Jake Allard-Soucey closing things out on the mound.

MSHS piled up 14 hits, including two each by Allard-Soucey, Henriksen, Jason, Peterson, Kaski and Peter VandenAvond. Getting one hit were Wright and Plourde, as Plourde and Pet erson each rolled up three RBIs.

“Nick Plourde was really seeing the ball well this weekend,” Larson said. “He hit just about everything that they threw at him; he was a tough out.

“We still committed four errors, but they weren’t as costly as it wasn’t a tight game. But we need to do better and be more consistent with our defense. We had kids playing in new positions again this weekend as we had to deal with sickness and injuries.”

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