Marquette Blues rebound with shutout win over Menominee

MARQUETTE — On Tuesday night, the Marquette Blues had one bad inning out in the field and it helped cause them to fall to Negaunee by two runs.

Wednesday night was a different story. This time, the Blues were on the opposite side of the outcome as they scratched across a run in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings to earn a 2-0 win over the Menominee Red Wave.

“It was a good game tonight,” Marquette head coach Derek Swajanen said. “The boys played very well. We didn’t have any errors and Jon (Jason) pitched very well. Blake (Henriksen) then came in to close it out with a one-run lead.

“It was 2-0 last night and 2-0 tonight. The difference was we didn’t have that one bad inning.”

Jason got the win on the mound after giving up only four hits with three walks and two strikeouts over five innings. Henriksen pitched the final two frames, striking out four and holding the Red Wave hitless during that stretch.

Holden Shaneberger was the Blues’ leader at the plate as he went 2 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Jakob Peterson, Brendan Kaski and Kyle Frusti also had hits for Marquette.

“We’re 8-4 and I like how the boys are playing,” Swajanen said. “I got on the guys that they have to be crisper and not have any more mental lapses. I think we did a good job with our bats and we played crisp defense. It was a good bounce back game.”

The Blues will compete in the Escanaba Tournament this weekend. Marquette opens the tournament with a game against Copper Country at 2 p.m. EDT followed by a game against Gladstone at 4:30 p.m.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.