Blues hang on to get 2 road wins Sunday

DAGGETT – The Marquette Blues breezed through their first game and a half but had to hold on after a big inning late in the second game for an American Legion baseball road sweep on Sunday.

The Blues whitewashed Coleman, Wis., 15-0, in five innings in the opener played in Daggett, then built a big early lead for a 14-9 victory over the host Mid-County Mavericks in the nightcap.

Luke Swajanen twirled the shutout in the opener after Coleman had scored nine runs in the final inning of an earlier game to beat Mid-County. He struck out eight, walked four and allowed just two hits.

His teammates provided him with multiple runs every time up in this mercy-rule game. The big blow came in the second inning with a three-run homer by McKinley Larson, who also walked with the bases loaded two innings later to record four RBIs.

Teammate Hunter Larson had three hits, including a double, knocking in a run and scoring three times, while Payton LeBombard and Riley Lynch each doubled.

“I thought we did a real nice job of putting the ball in play this game and forcing them to make errors,” Blues manager Derek Swajanen said.

The Blues jumped out to a 13-2 lead in Game 2, but held on after Mid-County scored seven times in the fifth, when Marquette committed five errors.

“We were a little loose in this game and it showed,” Derek Swajanen said. “We had them mercied and were ready to end the game when we lost our focus and made some mental mistakes that turned into physical errors.

“We had a little pep talk and the boys settled back in and finished the game strong.”

Sam Leow, Levi Underwood and Colin O’Neal each had two hits, while Hunter Larson hit a solo homer in the third. Leow also knocked in three runs as Marquette was the recipient of two hit batsmen and 16 walks, including three each by Swajanen and Hunter Larson.

Ryan Walther pitched the first 4 2/3 innings, and while he allowed nine runs, only four were earned. He gave up six hits, all singles, walked seven and struck out two. Trevor Bratonia went the final 1 1/3 innings, not allowing a baserunner.