MARINETTE, Wis. - Niagara struck early and often against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy/Lena Thursday afternoon, rolling to a 20-2 victory in the five-inning M&O Conference contest.
"Our kids played really well," Badgers head coach Dean Neveau said. "Our pitchers did really well tonight. One through nine, we hit the ball well."
Ethan Blagec got the victory on the mound. He worked three innings and kept the hosts scoreless, allowing just one hit while striking out six. Patrick Moreau finished the game, surrendering one hit and whiffing four.
"Ethan really picked up his game, picked up his speed." Neveau said. "Moreau was solid too."
The Badgers pounded 12 hits and capitalized on 12 walks.
Hunter Kaldor and Moreau both had three-hit games - all singles. Moreau totaled three RBIs. Jake Pedrotti added two doubles with 3 RBIs.
Chase Champagne, Dillon Neuens and Dillon Lantagne each scored three times. Kaldor, Pedrotti and Moreau each crossed home twice.
Niagara plays at Crivitz Monday.
Niagara 344 27 - 20
STAA/Lena 000 11 - 2
Lady Badgers denied twice
MARINETTE, Wis. - Despite solid efforts in the circle by Marah Harvath and Brooke Ermi, Niagara came up short in a doubleheader with St. Thomas Aquinas Academy/Lena, falling 2-0 in the first game and 5-4 in a four-inning, rain-shortened second contest.
"The girls are playing hard," Niagara manager Duane Blagec said. "Our defense is improving. The pitching is strong. We just have to put some hits together."
Niagara out-hit STAA/Lena 9-1 in the second game, but a troublesome second inning in the field allowed the hosts to plate all five of their runs.
Ermi took the loss in Game 2. She allowed just the one single while fanning six and walking four.
In Game 1, Harvath stuck out five, walked two and allowed five hits. The Lady Badgers totaled five hits in the opener.
Casey Spigarelli and Ermi each collected three hits in the two games combined.
Niagara hosts Kingsford for a doubleheader this afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. at Riverside Park.