Redettes fall to Esky

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Senior High School softball team dropped its first, last and only games of the season at South Marquette’s Hurley Field on Thursday, losing a Great Northern Conference doubleheader to Escanaba, 4-3 and 6-3.

The Redettes’ varsity has been forced to play its home games at Lions Field – home of the junior varsity squad – this spring because until recently, the long, harsh winter had left Hurley Field unplayable.

The Redettes fell behind 2-0 in Game 1, but rallied to tie the opener in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Eskymos re-gained a two-run edge in the sixth, however, with senior Sydney Gafner’s two-RBI triple to put MSHS down 4-2.

Marquette could only get one of the two runs back in the bottom of the sixth, though.

In Game 2, the Redettes led 3-1 after the first inning, but couldn’t plate another run all evening.

Offensively, the Redettes were led in both games by junior Courtney Finkbeiner. She was 3 for 4 with a double, RBI and run scored in the opener. In Game 2, she went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

MSHS junior Amanda Gray was 2 for 4 in the opener and 1 for 3 with a run scored in Game 2.

For the Escanaba offense, sophomore Callie Heller went 1 for 4 with a run scored in Game 1 and 2 for 4 with two runs scored in Game 2. Senior Ashley Cook went 3 for 3 with two triples and a run scored in the nightcap.

Both of Escanaba’s winning pitchers were relievers.

Junior Jayme Frappier came on in the fifth inning for Esky and gave up two runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

In Game 2, it was junior varsity call-up Katie Ross pitching three scoreless innings in relief, giving up two hits, no walks with six strikeouts.

Marquette senior pitcher Senja Liimatta took the loss in Game 1 after going all seven innings. She surrendered four runs on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

In Game 2, junior varsity call-up Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer was handed with the loss after giving up three runs and six hits in three and a third innings of relief. She struck out four and walked none.

Up next for Marquette is the MHSAA Division 1 district tournament on Saturday at Traverse City West High School. The Redettes face TC Central at noon with a win putting them in the district final at 2 p.m.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Matt Wellens. Email him at