Courtesy of the Marquette Blues
The Marquette Blues came in to the League tournament as the number 1 seed after compiling a 12-3 record in the regular season. They faced off Saturday in Channing against Hancock, who in an earlier game defeated Channing in extra innings, and weren’t able to score any runs in dropping the 4-1 loss.
“We are disappointed in the loss, yes, but when you look at how young our roster is and the fact that we went 12-3 in the regular season, that tells you something,” said Blues manager Derek Swajanen.
Hancock scored in the top half of the first inning on a walk, a hit and an error to take a 1-0 lead, which turned out to be all that they would need in working for the 4-0 win.
“We never really were able to get going today. That happens. We (as coaches) don’t like it, but sometimes when the other team’s pitcher is throwing real well, it happens.”
McKinley Larson threw for the Blues and only walked one, but gave up 9 hits and struck out 9 as well. Tyler LaDuron for Hancock tossed a 3 hitter with 15 strike outs.
“We didn’t do a very good job with the strike zone today. We chased a lot of pitches that weren’t strikes. He threw a very smart game, but we helped a lot too.”
Kingsford defeated the number 2 seed Gladstone in the later game to set up a Kingsford (3) vs Hancock (4) for the championship on Sunday.