THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Marinette Captures Wishigan League Crown
Marinette Back Atop Wishigan League
After taking a year off of being the Wishigan League champs, the Marinette Redbirds showed why they are always considered the top contender. In the championship game against the Menominee Storm, neither team could muster up a hit until the fourth inning. From there, it was all Marinette.
Storm pitcher Billy Betts and Redbird mound-man Aaron Woods each had no-hitters going through the third inning. Alex Stodola broke up the no-no for Menominee while Austin Belonga notched the first Marinette hit of the game, each coming in the fourth inning.
The Redbirds began the scoring in the fourth as Cody Bezio drew a walk, followed by Belonga and Scottie Eldredge recording back-to-back singles. Bezio and Belonga each scored on a double from Jordan Rasner while Eldredge was plated on a single from Ryan Woods, giving Marinette a 3-0 lead.
Menominee responded with one run in the fifth inning as Josh Plansky singled and later scored on a base hit from Sam Larson. The lead was cut to 3-1 in favor of the Redbirds.
The bats for Marinette came alive again in their half of the fifth as they scored five runs on five hits and two walks to break the game open with a 8-1 lead. The Storm would answer with two runs of their own in the sixth inning. Aaron Benson singled shadowed by a Stodola walk. Each base runner would score on Plansky's fielder's choice making the score 8-3.
Marinette's offense, however, was just too much to handle. The Redbirds put up another five run inning, this time on three hits and three walks. These five runs would enforce the run rule at 13-3 giving Marinette the Wishigan League championship title once again.
Aaron Woods earned the victory for Marinette. In his five innings of work, Woods allowed just one earned run on three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. Billy Betts took the loss for Menominee giving up eight runs, six earned, in four and two-thirds innings of work. Betts gave up nine hits and six walks during those innings.
Belonga recorded a three for three championship game including an RBI and three runs scored for the Redbirds. Three other Marinette players recorded two-hit games including Eldredge, Rasner and Ryan Woods. Menominee had four players with one hit in the game.