MARQUETTE - In its debut in a new league, the Hancock Post 186 Legion baseball team fell just short twice, losing both ends of a doubleheader to the Marquette Blues, 1-0 and 4-3 (in 10 innings).
"While we really played solid for two games, especially for this early in the season, we had a couple of errors that made the difference. Marquette is a solid program and will make you pay for any errors and they did just that," Hancock manager Nels Paul said.
Tyler LaDuron pitched well in his first start, allowing six hits. He struck out seven in a complete game. Marquette's only run crossed in the third when Ryan Walther singled in Ryan Hanson.
Hancock loaded the bases in the first inning, but Nick Kamrada worked out of the jam and held Hancock to two hits for the contest.
In game two, Hancock left the bases loaded twice in the first three innings, stranding 14 runners overall.
Luke Paul started and allowed just two hits in seven innings, but the Blues scored the tying run in the sixth on an error.
Hancock scored in the top of the ninth on Luke Paul's sacrifice fly, bringing in Darren Bausano, but Marquette responded to tie it again, then score the winning run on an error in the 10th. Kris Turunen took the loss in relief.
Six Hancock players had hits, with Zach Hill recording two.
Hancock (1-3, 0-2 Mid-Pen) has a non-league doubleheader with Rockland next Saturday at 1 p.m.