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Marquette Blues power past Menominee Maroons, 11-6

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Blues entry into the Upper Peninsula Under-19 Baseball League put on their hitting shoes Monday night for an 11-6 victory over visiting Menominee at the Gerard Haley Memorial Field in Marquette.

Though a doubleheader was listed on the schedule, the teams only got in one game as Marquette improved to 8-1.

Next up for the Blues is a doubleheader at Iron Mountain at 6 p.m. EDT Thursday, while on Saturday, the Fourth of July, the Marquette team is scheduled to host the Negaunee Diamonds at 10 a.m. in the annual holiday get-together.

The Marquette Reds younger Legion/non-Legion team is off until 6 p.m.Monday when they are scheduled to host Bark River in a doubleheader.

The Blues, an American Legion-based team playing in this non-Legion league this summer, pounded out 13 hits in just six times at-bat Monday, including five doubles.

Jakob Peterson was the Blues’ big run producer, going 3 for 4 with a double, four RBIs, two runs scored and all four of the Blues’ stolen bases.

Peterson drove in runs with a single in the first inning, double in the third and a two-run single in the fourth.

Despite all of Marquette’s offense, Menominee bolted out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, paced by Jaden Werner’s two-run homer on an 0-1 count.

But the Blues came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning, then did it again as each team scored a single run in the third for a 4-4 tie.

But Marquette broke the game open in the fourth, scoring seven times to secure an 11-4 advantage. Erik Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk, Hogan Nemetz collected a two-run single on the first pitch, Jon Jason hit an RBI double on an 0-1 count, Peterson singled for two runs and Clayton Smith hit an RBI groundout.

Smith also earned the win on the mound, going the first six innings and allowing six runs — only four of them earned — on nine hits and four walks as he struck out nine.

Brendan Kaski mopped up in the seventh, not allowing a hit nor run while he walked two.

Werner went the first 3 1/3 innings for Menominee, taking the loss as he gave up nine runs on 11 hits with two walks as he struck out three.

Nemetz joined Peterson in going 3 for 4 as he had a double, two RBIs and two runs. Jason was 2 for 4, both hits doubles, knocking in one and scoring twice.

Teammate Blake Henriksen doubled and had an RBI and two runs. Kaski, Smith, Eli Werner and Kyle Frusti also had singles, with Smith and Werner collecting an RBI, and Kaski, Smith and Johnson, who walked twice, each scoring a run.

Menominee racked up nine hits as Werner, Andrew Schroeder, Keagan Monroe and Braden McMahon each had two hits, Schroeder and Monroe each collecting a double.

While the Blues committed two errors, Menominee was surehanded and didn’t commit any miscues in the field.

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

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