Baseball: Marquette sweeps Kingsford
MARQUETTE — The visiting Flivvers scored multiple runs in the top of the first inning each game only to have MSHS come back to take both games of a doubleheader.
In the opener, which Marquette won 5-3, Kingsford scored three in the top of the first, only to be countered by the Redmen taking four themselves in the bottom of the inning for a 4-3 lead.
Marquette also won the second game 9-5.
MSHS pitcher Blake Henriksen made the early lead stand up in the first game, going five innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out nine. Jake Allard-Soucey got the save, pitching a hitless sixth.
Among Marquette’s 10 hits, Henriksen, Peter VandenAvond and Jake Peterson had two hits apiece, while Erik Johnson, Brady Wright, Brendan Kaski and Nick Plourde had one each.
The Flivvers opened the nightcap fast again, scoring two in the first and three in the second for a 5-0 lead. Marquette answered with four in the third and five more in the fourth to complete the win.
“We did a much better job of moving the runners around with two outs,” MSHS manager Spencer Larson said. “I was really proud of the boys being able to stay focused and come back in both games and get the wins.
“We still committed too many errors, but we were able to play through them and that’s what’s important.”
Kaski came onto the pitcher’s mound in the second inning of Game 2, going 4 2/3 innings and not allowing a run on two hits and two walks as he fanned six for the win. Allard-Soucey started and went 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits.
Kaski also led Redmen batters with two hits as Johnson, VandenAvond, Henriksen, Allard-Soucey and Mike Tarr II added one hit apiece.
Kingsford hosts Escanaba today. The Redmen travel to Gladstone on Friday.