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Area Legion Teams Take to the Diamond

Peshtigo Legion

Splits with Valders


Saturday afternoon the Peshtigo Legion baseball team traveled to Valders for a double header. A quick start wasn't enough in game one as Peshtigo fell to Valders 5-3, before stealing the night cap on a walk off hit by Brody Heroux to win 5-4.

Heroux led off game one for Peshtigo with a triple and reached home plate on a Mitchell Flett single. Peshtigo didn't hold the lead long as Valders pushed across two runs in their half of the first on two hits and an error. Peshtigo tied it at 2-2 in the top of the second inning. Jacob Dionne drew a walk and eventually came around to score on an RBI single from Heroux. Valders took a commanding 5-2 lead with one run in each of the second, third and sixth innings. Peshtigo tried to come back as Heroux laced a leadoff single and eventually scored, pushing the score to 5-3. Cam Noffke drew a walk bringing the tying run. After a strikeout recorded the first out of the inning, Damon Jones sacrificed runners into scoring position. With two outs, Justin Fischer sent a deep fly ball to left that was caught on the warning track to end the game. Valders went on to win 5-3.

Darren Dionne suffered the loss on the mound for Peshtigo, he pitched five innings allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits, five walks and six strikeouts. Brody Heroux went 3-for-3 in the contest with a triple and an RBI.

In game two, Peshtigo fell behind 4-1 heading into the sixth inning. Mitchell Flett laced a one-out single and stole second. Cam Noffke then connected on a two-out single to score Flett. Darren Dionne followed with a base hit that scored Noffke. In their final at-bat, Justin Fischer led off with a walk. After swiping second base, pinch runner Logan Noffke reached third on a sacrifice bunt. Heroux connected on a bloop single to score the tying run, putting the game at 4-4. Heroux reached second on a throwing error. Flett stepped in a drilled a liner over the left fielder that plated the game winning run and Peshtigo won 5-4.

Heroux took the win on the mound, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and five strikeouts. At the plate, Mitchell Flett led Peshtigo with a 2-for-4 day including the game winning RBI.



Peshtigo

Legion Returns


After an absence from the local summer baseball circuit, the Peshtigo Legion Baseball team has returned to the ball diamond.

Wednesday night Peshtigo suffered a 6-0 defeat to Freedom to open the 2017 legion season.

Unfortunately for the Peshtigo boys the Freedom pitching was a bit too hot as they saw 11 of their potential hitters return to the dugout on strikeouts. No hits were recorded by Peshtigo in this one.

On the mound for Peshtigo Darren Dionne gave up five runs (one earned) while striking out five and walking five.

Though they fell by a six run margin the defense didn't look bad. Freedom managed to get out three hits.

"If we clean up the errors and limit the free passes," said head coach Jon Noffke. "We will give ourselves a better chance to manufacture some runs. We are very young but the kids are working hard and will get better.



Peshtigo Posts First

Win of Season


After suffering a season opening loss to Freedom the Peshtigo Legion baseball team got into a groove Friday night when they traveled to Wrightstown. After seven innings of solid play the Peshtigo guys took home a 3-2 victory.

The second inning is where the Peshtigo bats found their first crease of the year. Damon Jones reached on a single while Brock Bero slapped a single to give Peshtigo the early 1-0 lead.

That lead became two runs in the third inning thanks to a Cameron Noffke RBI that brought in Brody Heroux.

Darren Dionne helped to push the Peshtigo total to three runs during the fifth when he stole third base, then raced home on a hit to let field.

On the mound for Peshtigo Noffke held his ground well. he ended the night allowing two runs (one earned) and three walks while striking out two.



Marinette Opener

Ends in Defeat


The Marinette Legion baseball team began their 2017 season Saturday afternoon June 10, when they played host to a triangular with DePere and Plover. Game one saw the visiting DePere team steal the show with a 7-5 victory over Marinette.

Marinette took to the diamond with veteran coach Brian Lesindrini at the helm.

DePere opened Saturday's action with a solid inning that saw a runner threaten to score after making it to third. With two out and bases loaded after two walks, mound man Trey Bretl saved his team any early game grief with a strikeout to end the inning.

In the second inning DePere found a way to get a runner home. Bryce Bradison reached on a walk, stole second and crushed over to third on a wild pitch. He was plated in the next at bat when Matt McNabb connected on a single and the 1-0 lead.

Marinette's bats were relatively silent until the bottom of the fourth when Adam Wahl reached first off a hit to left field. Riely Reif secured the run two at bats later when his swatted a shot to left field for a single and the game tying run.

DePere answered in the next inning as their top of the order hitter, McNabb, walked. Number three in the order, Hunter Staniske made it a one run game thanks to his single to left that brought home McNabb.

Bretl looked to keep the damage to a minimum in the inning as he forced a fly out to right and a strikeout to end the inning.

With five innings in the book it looked as if the game might be one of those low scoring nail bitters but that all changed with the arrival of the sixth.

DePere started things off with a walk and followed it with a Cam Shovald bunt. Bryce Bradison walked as well to load the bases with one out. McNabb was hit by a pitch to score a run while Staniske walked to score another. Bradison skirted home off a wild pitch while McNabb and Staniske both scored on an error to make it 7-1.

Marinette made up some of the ground lost during the bottom half of the inning thanks to timely hitting.

Matt Osterberg started things off with a double to left and was followed by Nick Daye who reached off an error. Reif slugged a double that plated Osterberg while Austin Marquardt scored Daye off a pop up to left field.

Kevin Charlesworth helped out with another run scored off a tag and go situation to make it 7-4.

With relief pitcher Matt Eldredge on the mound Marinette was able to shutdown the seventh with no DePere runs scored, stranding runners on third, second and first.

Marinette was able to muster only one run over the final innings as Tommy Sawinski reached on a walk advanced on a Wahl walk, went to third on a wild pitch and raced home on a Daye single.

Bretl was saddled with the loss giving up five hits, six runs (five earned) and seven walks while striking out four. In relief Eldredge allowed one unearned run and three walks while striking out one over his 1 2/3 innings.

DePere's Cole Nelson bagged the mound win giving up six hits, four runs (two earned) and three walks while striking out five over his six innings.

At the plate Marinette's Reif was two of three with one run and two RBIs while Wahl finished the evening two of three with one run. Osterberg was one of three with one run.

For DePere, Staniske was two of three with one run and two RBIs while McNabb was one of two with two runs and two RBIs.



Marinette Recovers in

Game Two of Triangular


It was a tough start to the day for the Marinette legion baseball team who suffered a loss in a triangular to open their 2017 season. Though the loss probably felt a bit disheartening, that didn't stop the guys in purple and white from making their game two opponents feel a little black and blue.

Taking on Plover to close Saturday's action the Marinette Legion came away with a grueling 2-1 win.

The low score was indicative of the talent the Legion fielded on the mound in game three. With one of the team's aces ready to play, the Legion left little in the way of hits for the Plover team who managed only one hit all game.

Just look at mound man Tommy Sawinski's stats from game three. One hit allowed, one unearned run allowed and a mere three walks slipped by, while sending five hitters back to the dugout with their heads hung low.

That one hit and run were both obtained by Plover in the top of the first. Number three hitter Derek Baumgartner reached on an error before crushing home off a Keagan Johnston double to far right field. After the one run Sawinski "K'ed" the final hitter.

Plover held the one run edge all the way to the bottom of the sixth when Marinette evened the score with an Austin Marquardt run scored off a Rylie Nelson double to left.

After Sawinski struck out two of Plover's final inning hitters, Marinette was able to push across the game breaking run. Wahl got things started in the bottom of the seventh with a double to the left-center gap before being brought to the plate off a Nick Date popup to the mound that was dropped for an error.

Taking the mound loss for Plover was Dylan Trigg who allowed six hits, two earned runs and five walks while striking out four.

At the plate for Marinette Wahl and Marquardt were both two of three with one run. Nelson was one of three with an RBI while Daye registered the teams other RBI.

Plover only hitter Johnston was one of two with an RBI.



Marinette Gets On Track

With Second Win

of the Season


After a 1-1 start to the season that saw Marinette Legion drop a game to DePere, then get back on track with a win over Plover. Then on Sunday they started rolling down the track with a head of steam, as they bagged their second win of the season over the visiting Wausau Bulldogs 6-0. The teams were scheduled for a double header but storms ended game one early and put the kabash on game two.

In the last game of a long weekend of baseball it was pitching that led the way to the win, as one of the areas brightest mound stars, Matt Osterberg, pitched a gem of a game.

With Osterberg on the mound one can almost always expect a low hit count and a high "K" count, and this one was no exception. Osterberg fanned seven on his way to a three hitter that saw him walk a mere two potential hitters.

Most of the game plate action occurred over the mid-goings of the game. Marinette took the 1-0 lead during the third when Kevin Charlesworth led off with a walk. He scored three hitters later when Adam Wahl sent a shot out to deep left field for the RBI as well as a double.

Then over the fourth the Marinette boys went to work. Charlesworth was plated off a Spencer Hipke single while Wahl clubbed another double to bring home James Jagielski. Hipke made it 4-0 when he cruised home off an error.

Osterberg, who registered one "K" in every inning with the exception of the sixth where he struck out two, kept the Bulldog hitter guessing.

Trey Bretl got a chance to record an RBI over the fifth when he hit a sac fly to right that brought in Riley Reif who made it on after being hit by a pitch.

The games final run was recorded by the Marinette boys over the sixth. Jagielski swatted a double before cruising home off a Hipke single.

Wausau's Forrest Kronberger took the loss allowing three hits, four runs (three earned) and six walks while striking out five.

At the plate for Marinette, Wahl was two of three with two RBIs while Hipke was two of four with one run and two RBIs. Jagielski was one of two with two runs.

For the Bulldogs Logan Grunenwald was two of three while Grant Hill finished the evening one of three.



Marinette Legion

Nearly Blanks Niagara


The Marinette Legion got their third win of the season Tuesday night when the took down visiting Niagara 7-2.

After sending Niagara's top of the order to the dugout without a hit the Marinette legion went to work. Austin Marquardt walked to start things off. He stole second and went to third off a wild pitch. In the next at bat Adam Wahl singled to bring home Marquardt.

The second inning is where the magic happened for Marinette. Jack Farley led off the inning with a walk but caught out on a fielders choice that let Trey Bretl take first base. Cole Tackmier singled while James Jagielski doubled for an RBI. Marquardt keyed the big inning with a two RBI single that quickly turned into an extra base due to an overthrow, giving the Marinette boys a 4-0 lead exiting the second.

Another two runs were manufactured by Marinette over the third. Riley Reif reached base after being hit by a pitch, but was caught on a fielders choice that allowed Rylie Nelson to reach first in the next at bat. Bretl singled while Tackmier swatted a single to bring home Nelson. Bretl scored off a wild pitch for the 6-0 lead.

Marinette's final run of the game was registered during the fourth when Marquardt single, advanced on a passed ball and slipped home on a fly out by Matt Osterberg.

The Niagara bats found a little leeway over the closing innings as hit began to be produced. The two Niagara runs came across in the top of the seventh. Micah Wilson walked followed by Landon Kaldor on a single. Joe Murvich hit a fly out to right to bring in Wilson while an error after a Hunter Kaldor hit gave Landon Kaldor an opening at the plate.

The loss was taken by Niagara's Hunter Kaldor who allowed seven hits, seven earned runs and three walks while walking three and striking out two. Coming in at relief Ethan Blagec gave up no hits, no runs, one walk while striking out three over his 2 1/3 innings.

Matt Eldredge bagged the mound win for Marinette. Pitching four innings he allowed only one hit while striking out only one.

At the plate Marinette's Marquardt was two of three with two runs and two RBIs. Tackmier was two of three with one run and one RBI.


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