Hancock Legion edged twice by Channing

CHANNING – Two close decisions went against the Hancock Post 186 American Legion baseball team Sunday as the host Railroaders got 10-9 and 8-7 (10 innings) wins.

In the opener, key hits from Dax Durocher and Al Nettell put the visitors up in the sixth inning, but Channing took advantage of walks to tie the game at 9 going to the seventh, where a single followed by a three-base error delivered the Railroaders’ winning run.

Lee Markham was the hard-luck loser and Carter Puuri and Christian Cortright each notched two of Hancock’s seven hits.

Markham went seven innings as the starter in game two, giving up three runs over seven innings. He scattered four hits and struck out three but issued 10 walks.

Hancock threw him a lifeline just in time, scoring three times in the seventh to tie the game on a two-out rally with singles from Durocher, Puuri, Nettell and a Cortright double.

Both teams scored three runs in the eighth and nothing in the ninth. Hancock took the lead one more time in the 10th on Markham’s RBI double, but Channing got the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the inning.

Markham had four hits in a 15-hit Hancock effort, Cortright had three and both Gabe Rupright and Nettell had two apiece.

Cortright took the loss in relief.

Hancock’s next Mid-Pen League games are May 28 against Ishpeming.