Late surge lifts Negaunee Oldtimers past Marquette

MARQUETTE – Blowing the game wide open with a five-run seventh inning after Marquette had tied the score, the Negaunee Oldtimers posted a 12-8 victory over their hosts on Friday.

With the win, Negaunee took the rubber game of the three-game summer series and holds a 22-17 all-time edge over Marquette.

Jim Ghiardi hit a two-run single in the decisive final inning and Negaunee scored two other runs when a throw from the Marquette shortstop to home after a grounder hit the handle of a bat on the ground and deflected away.

Marquette scored a run in its half of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough in a game that saw 17 walks by Marquette pitchers and 10 by Negaunee hurlers.

“We walked our way to victory,” Negaunee’s Roland “Foo” Koski said.

Negaunee held a 7-3 lead in the sixth when Marquette scored four runs to tie the game.

Bitzy Olds hit a two-run single and Jerry Norbert added a run-scoring hit in the frame.

Negaunee’s Gary Anderson took the mound win in relief, while Dan Pohl shouldered the loss.

Ghiardi, Don Williams and Gerry Pirkola all had two hits apiece for Negaunee; Pohl hit two doubles and knocked in three runs for Marquette.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at cremsburg@miningjournal.net.