Marquette, Baraga hit end of line
MARQUETTE – Marquette and Baraga were eliminated from further contention in the Little League Minor Division All-Star playoffs in loser’s bracket games in Marquette on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s winners, Keweenaw and Portage Lake 2, meet at 3:30 p.m. today in Marquette, while the only two undefeated teams remaining, Negaunee and Portage Lake, play at 5:30 p.m. The winner of the second game is seeded directly into the championship round.
The Keweenaw-PL2 winner plays the Negaunee-PL loser at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for a berth in the championship round that begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The “if necessary” game would be played at noon Saturday.
Marquette scored five times in the bottom of the second inning to pull within 6-5, but Keweenaw answered with its own five-spot in the top of the third to regain control. The visitors eventually built their lead to 16-7 before Marquette came back with four in the bottom of the fifth and one more in the bottom of the sixth and final inning.
Shortstop and relief pitcher Cooper Myers was the hitting star for the home team, going 4 for 5 with a triple and double, three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Five of his teammates each had a single, including catcher Erik Johnson and starting pitcher and rightfielder Aaron Grezlak, each of whom also collected two RBIs. Second baseman Kameron Karp scored twice, but Marquette left 13 men on base in total.
Grezlak pitched one inning and took the loss, allowing four runs on two hits as he struck out two and walked three. Robert Apple went another 1 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on just two hits, fanning one and walking one, while Myers went the final 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs and seven hits, fanning two and issuing three free passes.
For Keweenaw, pitcher Brevin Anttila started and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on three hits while issuing five walks.
Catcher Dean Loukus was Keweenaw’s top hitter, going 3 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored, while Rilei, who also played second base and shortstop, was 2 for 4 with a triple and double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Both also stole a base.
Portage Lake II 16,
Baraga grabbed a 2-1 lead after one inning, but PL2 erupted for eight runs in the second and seven more in the third to insure its survival in a game that lasted just four innings.
Baraga scratched out four hits as second baseman Milo Schaefer was 2 for 3 with a run scored and multiposition players Christian Hebert and Terry Reed got the other Baraga hits and also had two RBIs apiece.
Baraga starter Steele Jondreau pitched one inning and took the loss, allowing five runs on four hits, while Terry Reed went a third of an inning, allowing four runs on no hits and two walks. Paul Jacobson and Hebert each went 1 1/3 innings, Jacobson allowing five runs on two hits on three walks and chalking up a strikeout, while Hebert allowed two runs on no hits and two walks.
Six players each had a single for PL2.