From Randy Larson of the Marquette Blues:
Game One: 10-8 loss to Black Sox
The Marquette American Legion Blues began their 2013 campaign, in which they will be defending the Mid Pen Regular Season and Playoff Crowns, by splitting games with the Sault Black Sox at Gerard Haley Field. The Black Sox took advantage of some early season rusty pitching in the first game and won 10-8. The Blues out hit the Black Sox 10-6 but were unable to capitalize and stranded 5 runners. The Black Sox were able to capitalize on 11 walks by the Blues pitching corps. "We were a little rusty today and it showed. This was our first game of the season and we are really behind in our practice schedule compared to where we usually are. Everybody is," said Derek Swajanen Blues Manager. There were some bright spots for the Blues as Ryan Walther hit a home run in the first at bat of the season and Riley Lynch and Hunter Larson each added two hits apiece. Walther also scored two other times as he worked his way on with walks. "I was a little disappointed in starting the season with a loss, but all in all it showed us as coaches some things that we need to work on."
Game Two: 11-0 win over Black Sox
In game 2 of the doubleheader, the Blues wasted no time in deciding this game as they jumped out early and didn't look back winning in a mercy shortened 5 inning 10 run rule game by a final of 11-0. The Blues out hit the Black Sox 10-1 with Riley Lynch rapping out 3 hits on the way to the route. McKinley Larson added 2 and Ryan Hanson, Colton Wiggins, Trevor Bratonia, Hunter Larson and Ethan Wiese each added 1 hit. Hanson pitched in game two and went 4 innings and walked 3 and struck out 6 batters. "Our pitching was much better in game two. We didn't give a lot of free passes and played very good defense behind Ryan. McKinley came in in the last and closed the game very nicely for us today," said Swajanen. "Overall I was real happy with our first two games of the season. We are a much younger team, but I think we will be every bit as strong as last year as the season progresses."