Blues belt Hancock Legion in opener

MARQUETTE – Wielding some potent bats, the Marquette American Legion Blues swept Hancock Post 186 in a pair of mercy-rule five-inning games at Haley Memorial Field Saturday, 11-1 and 17-7.

“We hit the ball well today and made (Hancock) make mistakes,” Blues assistant coach Randy Larson said. “That’s what we try to do – put the ball in play and stress the defense. Good things happen, then.”

Riley Lynch, Ryan Hanson and McKinley Larson rapped out two hits apiece for the Blues in the first game, with Larson driving in two runs.

Trevor Bratonia allowed three hits and four walks while striking out five for the mound win.

Christian Cortright took the loss. allowing eight runs, six hits and four walks in three innings of work.

Hans Stimac went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Hancock.

In the nightcap, the Blues broke open a 7-7 game with three runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth to win going away.

Hunter Larson – Randy’s son – went 3-for-3 to lead the Marquette attack. Derek Stone and Lynch added two hits apiece.

“When the top of the (batting) order goes 7-for-8, you’re going to win quite a few games,” Blues manager Derek Swajanen said.

Sam Leow got the pitching triumph. He gave up five hits and two walks while fanning two in three innings.

Carter Puuri surrendered seven runs, five hits and five walks while striking out one in 2 1/3 innings.

Pat Cortright and Christian Cortright posted two hits apiece for Hancock.