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Menominee Legion Claims Second Place State Finish
Never count out the Menominee Red Wave, a statement that could not be more evident than after this year's Michigan Class A Legion State Tournament. After three straight wins Menominee found themselves playing in the big show, taking on Hudson Sunday evening. Tough they put forth a fanatic effort they had to settle for a close second place after a 2-1 final score.
Beginning the State Tournament the Red Wave quickly got hot, defeating Gladwin 9-2, Thursday morning.
During the tournament opener Menominee was quick to strike, taking an early 5-0 lead during the first inning. After giving up two runs during the top of the second, Menominee clamped down adding a run in the third , two in the fourth and final run in the sixth to secure the win.
On the mound Mark Pulver allowed only three hits while striking out two.
Pulver was two for two at the plate to lead the Red Wave in game one. He also bagged three RBIs.
Resuming play that afternoon, Menominee dug in to defeat Kingsford 7-5.
Again Menominee wasted no time in building a buffer between themselves and their state tourney opponents. After two scoreless innings, they jumped out to a 4-0 lead, while adding another run in the next inning.
Kingsford battled back, but the five runs over two innings would not be enough as Menominee took the game during the ninth with two final runs.
Nathan Nowack took the mound win with six strikeouts and four walks. He allowed five runs on eight hits.
Klieman led the way at the plate with a three of four showing while Pulver continued to knock runs in, going two of three with two RBIs.
Not a bad start to a state tourney. But it was just the beginning of their bid for the championship. On Friday Menominee clashed with Hudson for the first of three eventual games to be played.
In their first meeting Menominee was the victor, bagging the win by way of a 5-3 readout.
Levi Kempka did his part on the mound, striking out two while holding Hudson to three earned runs on eight hits.
The Menominee hitters weren't too shabby either, as they blasted their way to a 4-0 lead exiting the first inning.
Hudson fired back in the second with two runs while Menominee increased their tally to five during the third. Hudson added a final run in the seventh.
Again Pulver led the plate attack, going two of three with an RBI. Nowack was one for one with two RBIs.
But Hudson would not be denied the title as Menominee was scheduled to play them for the championship. In Saturday's do or die face off Hudson kept their head above water with a tight 3-1 win.
Nathan Nowack plugged out a hit in during the third to bring home Menominee's only run of the match up. Hudson's two sedan inning runs would be all they needed to force a rematch for the championship.
Unfortunately for the Red Wave that rematch would not go their way, as Hudson out did the boys of Menominee by a single run 2-1, falling just a couple runs shy of a state championship.
Hudson scored one of those two runs during the second inning, and another in the fourth to take the 2-0 lead.
Menominee didn't make it easy for them though as they refused to give up, scoring one run in the final inning to put those in attendance on the edge of their seats.
After Pulver slugged a shot deep into the outfield during the seventh Andrew Leinonen found his way to the plate for that one run. A couple hitter later the bases were loaded.
But a ground hit ball that couldn't work its way into the outfield would spell defeat for the feisty Red Wave.