Race to Beat the Weather as the Marquette Redettes Softball Team (9) Plays the Menominee Maroons (2) on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1 & 99.9FM

Another action shot from Tyler's point of view

Marquette, MIMay 24th, 2019 – The Marquette Redettes and Menominee Maroons wasted no time after getting off the bus before starting their game at Lions’ Field in an attempt to beat some approaching nasty weather.

Amanda McIntire started in the pitching circle for the Marquette Redettes. She continued her impressive season on the mound when she issued three consecutive strike-outs for a quick end to the top of the first inning. Jordan Hanes started off the batting for the Redettes, and the smacked a single to the left infield but beat the pitch for an infield single. Maiya King then doubled for her first RBI of the game when Hanes used her speed to beat the throw at home. A pop fly was the first out issued to Marquette, and a double play off of another fly ball ended the first inning with the Redettes leading 1-0.

The first out of the second inning came quickly when Taylor Myers

The teams meet at home plate for the captains' meeting
The teams meet at home plate for the captains’ meeting

fielded a ground ball and launched the ball over to Maddie Carter for the first out. Zoe Kurian made a nice catch in the outfield for out number two, and McIntire issued her fourth strike out of the game the put away the side. Unlike the first inning, the Marquette Redettes‘ bats couldn’t make solid contact with the ball, giving up two quick outs from ground balls to the infield. Zoe Kurian actually struck out, however, the catcher was unable to make the catch and threw wild to first. Amazingly, Kurian raced her way to third base, putting a runner in great scoring position for the Redettes. A ground ball to the short stop put any scoring hopes for the Redettes and ended the inning with no scoring.

Rain started to hit the field as the third inning began with McIntire still in the pitching circle for the Marquette Redettes. Amanda McIntire recorded the first out of the inning after fielding a ball hit directly back to her and tossing it to first base. A hard-hit single put the Maroons’ first runner onto the bases, and they followed that up with a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to second base and into scoring position. A wild pitch gave Menominee’s first runner a free pass to third base, and another wild pitch allowed their runner to cross the plate to tie the game at 1-1. Sofia van den Ende made a running catch in the outfield to end the Maroons’ rally. Up to bat for the bottom of the third was Jordan Hanes, but she was retired after a ground ball. Maiya King used her hustle to beat out a throw from the shortstop after she hit a tough ground ball to the short stop. Sofia van den Ende got her first RBI of the game when she crushed a ball to the deep outfield and sending King over home plate to make it 2-1 for the Redettes. An unassisted ground ball to the first baseman was the last out of the inning, but Marquette had regained the lead.

Another action shot from Tyler's point of view
Another action shot from Tyler’s point of view

Unfortunately, a fielding error for the first Menominee batter gave them an early base runner with nobody out for the top of the fourth inning. Amanda McIntire made a fantastic defensive play when she caught a ball hit directly at her and used her quick thinking to get the runner out at first after she failed to tag. Despite having two outs, the Maroons managed to get runners on the corners after back to back singles, threatening the Marquette Redettes’ lead once again. A lazy ground ball caused some confusion with the Marquette infield, and that gave Menominee the opportunity to tie the game at 2-2 and keep runners on the bases. Maddie Carter put an end to the inning without any further damage when she was able to get under a high fly ball. Marquette’s chances at bat were quickly squashed when they hit three straight ground balls to the infield for three easy outs.

Innings were flying by as the Marquette Redettes battled the Menominee Maroons. The game moved into the fifth inning tied at 2-2, and the Redettes quickly retired the top of the side thanks to more great defense from McIntire and the team. Heading back to the plate, the Redettes were able to send Gabby Swajanen across home plate to take the lead on an RBI from Maiya King. The Redettes went on a big rally, also sending Hanes, King, and Carter all across home plate before the inning ended with Marquette leading 6-2.

Another strike out was put in the books for Amanda McIntire for the first out of inning number six, as the Marquette Redettes hoped to close the game out quickly. Madison Carter made a nice ranging catch at first base on a fly ball, and an easy ground ball was all the Redettes needed for the final out of the side. After building up a healthy lead in the fifth inning, the Redettes hoped to add some insurance runs to their total. A great catch from the Maroons’ third baseman was Marquette’s first out, but Gabby Swajanen raced to first base after an infield error. A blooping single gave Menominee their second out on a fielder’s choice, retiring the lead runner. There was one runner on first base, and Maiya King’s bat was absolutely on fire when she sent another ball to the outfield for her third hit of the day. Lexi Trombley kept the Redettes rally going with a big RBI double, followed by a huge 2 RBI single from van end Ende making the game 9-2 for Marquette.

It was a very quick 6 to 3 put out for the first of Menominee’s final three outs, and Amanda McIntire added another strike out into the books for another speedy out. The last out was a ground ball over to Gabby Swajanen who tossed it over to first base to end game number one of their double-header.

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