Prep baseball: Marquette loses openers downstate

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Senior High School baseball team opened the season with a pair of losses downstate on Saturday, falling 5-3 to Rogers City and 10-2 to Alcona.

“We are a really young team and every situation we are put in is a first,” MSHS manager Todd Koski said. “This is the first time any of these kids have played and/or started in back-to-back games. I was really happy with our effort overall. We need to improve our focus and continue to grow as a team.”

The Redmen led Rogers City 2-0 after the first inning of their season opener via a single by Jake Olson and RBI doubles by Trevor Koski and Jack Kochevar.

Koski drove in Olson on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning to put MSHS back up by two runs, 3-1, but Rogers City scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth on three hits and a walk.

Pitcher Gabe Apple was handed the loss for Marquette after giving up six hits while striking out three and walking two.

MSHS fell behind to Alcona 4-0 after four innings, then surrendered six more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Both Redmen runs came in the top of the fifth inning via and RBI double by Olson and a RBI double by Dalton Duquette.

Freshmen Jay Oberg, Jake Phillips and Jack Kochevar pitched for the Redmen.

“The kids played well,” Koski said. (Friday) was our first practice outside and I was happy with our play (Saturday). This was Gabe’s first start and I couldn’t be happier with the effort and mental toughness he displayed. He’s been nagged with some injuries and played through it. He’s a tough kid and it showed out there (Saturday).”