THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Storm Derails Railroaders to Advance to Championship
Issue Date: August 10, 2016
In the second semi-final matchup of the Wishigan League playoffs Saturday afternoon, the Menominee Storm took on the Channing Railroaders.
Channing jumped ahead early in the top of the first inning as Lane Holsworth led off with a walk and stole second. A balk moved him to third base and Holsworth scored on an error to give the Railroaders a 1-0 advantage. Menominee answered in the second inning when Alex Stodola reached on an error and scored on a putout off the bat of Aaron Pettit. The score was tied at 1-1.
The Railroaders jumped ahead again in the fourth inning when Ken Pekarek led off the inning with a walk. After stealing second base, a wild pitch and a passed ball allowed Pekarek to scored and give Channing a 2-1 lead.
It was not until the bottom of the sixth inning that Menominee would answer, in a big way. Josh Plansky and Billy Betts hit back-to-back singles to spark the Storm attack. Sam Larson drilled a single to score Plansky and tie the game at 2-2. Matt Lund followed Larson with a single of his own which scored Betts giving Menominee a 3-2 advantage.
Channing's final opportunity was shut down by ace mound-man Alex Stodola giving Menominee a 3-2 victory and sending them to the championship game. Stodola pitched a complete game allowing two unearned runs on just two hits, five walks and eight strikeouts. Lund paced the Storm with a two for three game including an RBI.