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Predators Avenge Early Loss to Storm
After the Fourth of July break, the Wishigan league action began again as the Peshtigo Predators traveled to Menominee to take on the Storm. A pitchers' duel took place at Spies Field, but only one team could come out on top.
Two scoreless innings went by before the Predators drew first blood. In the top of the third inning, Trevor Seewald knocked a base hit and stole second base. Lucas Markiewicz hit a shot to third that was bobbled but caught Seewald in a pickle before tagging him out at third base. Markiewicz advanced to second on the play. Marcus Sharkey followed with a base hit that scored Markiewicz from second as Peshtigo took a 1-0 lead.
Menominee avoided trouble in the fifth inning as Peshtigo loaded the bases with no outs. Storm pitcher Brian Bell forced a ground out and two pop-outs to get out of the inning with no damage done.
The Predators doubled the lead in the top of the ninth. Joey Sparks drew a lead-off walk before stealing second base. Sparks would score on Sharkey's base hit to score an insurance run making the lead 2-0.
The Storm did what they could to come back in the bottom of the ninth. The inning began with a pop-out before two walks were issued. Another pop-out separated the bases loaded walk. With two-outs and the bases loaded, Predator mound man Hunter Stodola iced the complete game shut-out with his final strikeout. Stodola finished with a two-hit shutout along with eight walks and six strikeouts.
Menominee's Brian Bell also pitched a complete game gem allowing just two runs on nine hits, three walks and nine "K's".
Seewald paced the Predator offense with a 3-for-5 afternoon including three singles while Sharkey added two hits and two RBI. Bell and teammate Aaron Benson notched the two hits for the Storm.