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Visitors’ hitting shoes: Norway-Niagara, Wis., takes advantage of 14 hits, 13 steals, along with 6 Marquette Reds’ errors in 14-5 win

The Marquette Reds’ Nate Cromell, center, takes a throw to pick off a Norway-Niagara, Wis., runner with teammate Logan Peterson, right, backing up the play during an Upper Peninsula Under-19 Baseball League game played at Haley Memorial Field in Marquette on Wednesday evening. (Photo courtesy Danielle Peterson)

Up next: Marquette Reds host Bark River in 6 p.m. Monday doubleheader

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MARQUETTE — The Marquette Reds did all they could to keep its game against Norway-Niagara, Wisconsin, going the full seven innings, but in the end the visitors from the Michigan-Wisconsin border prevailed 14-5 on Wednesday evening.

This was a less-typical single game played in the Upper Peninsula Under-19 Baseball League made up almost entirely of American Legion teams.

Each team scored once in the first inning, the Reds getting theirs on a stolen base.

N-N took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the third, though Marquette got three back in the bottom of the inning to trail just 5-4. Then the visitors added two in the fourth, five in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh to make it 14-4 before the Reds got one back in the bottom of the seventh.

N-N’s third-inning rally included a two-run single and an error to score another run, while a triple brought in a couple more in the sixth.

Ethan Jennings led Marquette hitters, going 2 for 2 with an RBI, while Paavo Mannisto hit a triple and walked while scoring a run. The Reds’ other hits in their five-hit attack were singles by Isaac Sarles for an RBI and by Logan Peterson.

Teammates Zack Bukowski, Braiden Noskey and Nick Pantti each drew a walk and scored a run, while Nathan Cromell also scored a run.

Bukowski and Mannisto each stole two of the Reds’ seven bases. Norway-Niagara had 13 steals themselves.

Sarles took the loss on the mound, starting and going five innings as he allowed 10 runs — only seven earned due to a half-dozen Reds’ errors — on nine hits and two walks while he struck out three. Mannisto went the final two innings, giving up three earned runs and four altogether on five hits as he fanned three.

While the Marquette Blues are scheduled to host the Negaunee Diamonds at 10 a.m. Saturday in celebration of the Fourth of July, the Reds are off until Monday when they host Bark River in a 6 p.m. doubleheader.

The Blues are also scheduled to host the Ishpeming Blue Storm in a 6 o’clock twinbill that evening as Haley Memorial Field and the adjacent “JV” field are likely to be used that evening.

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

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