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Hancock sweeps Blues in Legion doubleheader

May 13, 2012
By BRANDON VEALE , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - The Hancock Post 186 American Legion baseball team earned a split of the Mid-Pen League regular season series with the Marquette Blues Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader 10-9 and 6-1 at Hancock Driving Park.

The defeats were Marquette's first two of the season.

The hosts held the early lead, but four runs from Marquette in the top of the sixth inning put the Blues, playing without three starters, up 9-6 going into the bottom of the sixth.

Hancock picked up a pair of runs in the sixth on a two-run double to the gap from Tyler LaDuron.

In the seventh, Hancock was down to its last strike twice, but Trent Keteri and Dax Durocher singled in both instances. On the second hit, by Durocher, the ball was misplayed in the outfield, allowing Kris Turunen to score the tying run and Keteri to come around from first with the winning run on a close play at the plate.

For Marquette (10-2, 4-2 M-PL), Cody Nordquist was 3-for-4, while Nathan Mutch and Riley Lynch recorded two hits apiece.

Alex Baker went the distance for the Blues, but took the loss, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. He struck out seven and walked five.

Manager Derek Swajanen said his team made some nice defensive plays, but made too many mistakes on simple ones.

"That kills me right there. It's not ability , it's what's in your head and that's why I was upset about the first game," he said.

L'Anse native Turunen earned the win in relief, going three innings and allowing an earned run on four hits and two walks.

In game two, the Blues were shut down by LaDuron on the mound. The L'Anse native scattered five hits and had a shutout going until Levi Underwood's RBI-single to right field with two out in the seventh inning.

"He's a smart pitcher if he gets ahead of you," Swajanen said of LaDuron.

Underwood was the only Blue with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.



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