Indians blow by Blues in sweep
MARQUETTE — Gladstone pitchers shut down the Marquette Blues’ offense for much of the day in an American Legion baseball doubleheader played Saturday afternoon.
The Blues managed just one run and five hits at home as the visiting Indians pulled off an American Legion sweep, 5-1 and 10-0.
In the opener, Gladstone jumped out to a 2-0 lead, with Marquette getting a run back in the bottom of the second when Blake Henriksen scored.
But Indians’ pitchers Elliot Danhoff, Tyson Seymour and Owen Hanson didn’t allow another run while Gladstone scored three times in the fifth to insure the result.
Starting pitcher Jacob Rogers was the hard-luck loser for the Blues, allowing four runs — three earned — on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one. Garrett Finkbeiner went the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing a run on a hit and two walks while fanning two.
Danhoff started and got the win, going the first three innings and allowing one run on two hits while issuing three bases on balls and four K’s.
Holden Shaneberger doubled for the Blues, while Alec Beauchamp, Austin Wachnicki and Jay Oberg each collected singles.
Hunter Garling doubled for Gladstone as he went 3 for 4 and collected two RBIs and scored a run. Seymour had the other hit and scored.
In the nightcap, which lasted just five innings due to the 10-run rule, Marquette starting hurler Tyler Larson was tagged with the loss. He went three innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk as he fanned four. Oberg went the final two innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and strikeout.
Alec Gadzinski had Marquette’s lone hit, a single, while Rogers drew a walk.
Winning pitcher Brandon Cooper started and went four innings, allowing a hit, no walks and striking out two.
Garling finished a big day going 4 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Teammate Braeden Lamberg was 3 for 4 with an RBI and three more runs.
The Indians scored three in the first, four in the third and two in the fourth to build a 9-0 lead, then added one more run in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule when the Blues were unable to answer in their half of the fifth.
Marquette is back in action at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday, when the Blues travel to play a single game at the Menominee Red Wave.