Marquette, MI – May 8th, 2019 – It was going to be a race to beat some bad weather as the Marquette Redettes and the Negaunee Miners softball teams were set to play a double-header Wednesday evening.
The Negaunee Miners started the game at the plate with Amanda McIntyre on the Mound for the Marquette Redettes. McIntyre retired the first batter of the game on strikes, but the Miners’ MyKenna Kontio singled on the next at bat, putting a runner on first. Negaunee advanced their runner on a stolen base, and after a walked batter, Peyton Drew nailed a triple for two RBI’s. With the score at 2-0 for Negaunee, Peyton scored on a past ball. Morgan Carlson put up a single before another past ball advanced the runners, and by the time the top of the inning ended, Negaunee led 4-0. When it was time for the Redettes to pick up the bats, they stranded a couple as the Negaunee defense came up big.
After a big first inning at the plate, the Negaunee Miners looked to add a few more runs to their total, and their bats continued to find the ball. They quickly put runners onto the bases, and by the third out of their at bat, the Miners drove in an additional three runs. Just like their first chance at bat, the Marquette Redettes didn’t have much success and the second inning closed out with Negaunee leading the Marquette Redettes 7-0. The game was being played a light speed, with both the umpires and both teams sensing the incoming rain, and both sides of the third inning were quickly up and down without any change in the score.
Continuing to hold their lead, the Negaunee Miners took the plate at the top of the fourth inning. They tacked on several additional runs to give them an 11-0 lead. The Marquette Redettes were running out of time, and seemed to have given up. Sofia Vandenende had a lead off single thanks to a Miners’ error, but their next batter fell to strikes. There was one down and a runner on first base for Marquette as McIntyre took the plate and drilled a single up the middle of the field. Even though they had a few good scoring chances, the Redettes stranded their runners to end the fourth inning.
Before the fifth inning began, both teams decided to make a few substitutions. Brianna Moore was the Marquette Redettes pitcher, and she started off her pitching with two quick strikes. Despite being ahead in the count, Cassidy Orr managed to reach first base on a short hit. The Miners’ next batter also reached base due to being hit by a pitch. A big, stand-up double from Orr drove in two runs and made the score 14-0 for Negaunee. There was nobody out with runners on each of the bases, and single up the middle drove in two more runs to make the game 16-0. The Redettes decided to make another pitching change, bringing in Rayna Warchock to take the mound. Unfortunately, another past ball allowed Peyton Drew to score from third base to make it 17-0. A single up the right side of the field tacked on an additional run to bring the score up to 18-0. The Redettes were able to get two quick outs thanks to some great fielding play from the third baseman and short stop, but the Miners scored on a hit and run play on one of those outs. It was 19-0 as Negaunee continued to dominate the game when Marquette was finally able to get the third out of the inning. The Marquette Redettes took the plate, but things looked grim in the bottom of the fifth, needing 10 or more runs to prevent the mercy rule. Even though the Marquette Redettes gave it their all, three quick outs ended the first game of the double-header on the night.