Legion baseball: Blues’ big inning decisive

ISHPEMING – The Marquette Blues put together a big fourth inning and completed a game with the five-run mercy rule against Ishpeming that was suspended earlier in the season due to weather.

The Blues won 15-2 as Ryan Walther, Levi Underwood and Derek Stone all had two-run hits in the rally, Walther’s a single and Underwood and Stone with doubles.

Ishpeming got two back in the bottom of the inning on a Gunnar Meyer RBI single and a fielder’s choice on a ball hit by Dan Brown that also scored one. But they weren’t able to pull the Blue Storm close enough to keep the game going beyond the fifth.

Colin O’Neal pitched all five innings to record the victory, striking out six while allowing three hits and two walks. Ishpeming starter Alex Briones took the loss, going 3 2/3 innings, fanning five and giving up nine hits and three walks. Conner Hanlon worked the final 1 2/3 innings and got one strikeout, giving up five hits and four walks.

“We have been playing really good ball as of late and this game was no exception,” Blues manager Derek Swajanen said. “We hit the ball real well and Colin threw strikes and earned the victory. The two runs he gave up were the two walks he had.”

At the plate, Marquette’s Ryan Hanson was 4 for 4 with two doubles and three runs scored, Walther was 3 for 3 with two doubles and two runs scored, and McKinley Larson was 2 for 3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.

In all, the Blues had eight doubles among their 14 hits, with the other hit by Sam Leow.

The Blues (26-14) have a pair of road games at 8 p.m. today at Gladstone and 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hancock before the Mid-Pen League playoffs begin this weekend in Channing.

In addition to a tournament in Plover, Wis., the Blues take part in the Zone tournament in Menominee from July 24-28 with a berth in the state tournament on the line.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee.