Legion baseball: Marquette Blues swept in home doubleheader by Menominee

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Blues American Legion baseball team was swept on Sunday by Menominee at Haley Memorial Field, losing a 3-2 pitchers’ duel and 7-6 slugfest.

Marquette’s McKinley Larson and Menominee’s Riley Hegg each allowed only four hits in Game 1, but Hegg’s team prevailed with the win. Larson struck out eight over seven innings, Hegg sat down four and Landen Macoux came on in the sixth inning to get the save for Menominee.

Riley Lynch, Levi Underwood, Hunter Larson and Trevor Bratonia each had hits for Marquette with Bratonia driving in both Blues runs.

“We need to do a better job of putting the ball in play when we have runners in scoring position and to cut down on our physical and mental errors on defense,” Blues manager Derek Swajanen said. “With the late spring, we just haven’t really been able to get a lot of field time in yet and it really shows.”

Ryan Walther led the way for Marquette in the Game 2 loss, pitching all seven innings and by going 2 for 4 at the plate with a triple. Lynch also had two hits and an RBI.

“Again, we had runners in scoring position several times during this game and just couldn’t find a way to score them,” Swajanen said. “These are games that we need to start finding ways to win as the season progresses.”

The Blues led 4-2 after three innings, but gave up three runs in the top of the fourth before getting one back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 5-5.

Menominee captured the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth while Marquette was able to only get one of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth.

The Blues had the tying run in scoring position in the seventh inning, but Menominee got the final two Blues batters to strike out and pop out to end the game.

The Blues return to the diamond on Thursday to play at Gladstone at 6:30 p.m. followed by a rematch with Menominee in Menominee at noon on Saturday.