MARQUETTE - Both Houghton County teams facing elimination from the District 11 Minor (age 9-10) tournament rolled to safety and a meeting today with wins Tuesday.
Keweenaw protected an early lead throughout a slugfest against Marquette before eventually eliminating the hosts 16-12.
Catcher Dean Loukus went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs for the winning side. Jackson Rilei had a pair of extra-base hits and three RBIs, while Tom Voelker had a single, a double and three RBIs.
Keweenaw opened with a four-run first inning and tacked on two more in the second, but Marquette made its first surge to within 6-5 after two. Keweenaw countered with a five-run third for an 11-7 lead after three. The teams had matching four-run fifth innings before Keweenaw held Marquette to just one in its last at-bat to move into a contest against Portage Lake 2 this afternoon.
In addition to his two singles, Brevin Antilla was the winning pitcher, allowing five runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Rilei pitched three strong innings of relief, allowing two hits and four runs and striking out three.
Cooper Myers had four of Marquette's nine hits and three RBIs.
In the other game, PL2 bounced Baraga County 16-4.
Baraga held a 2-1 lead after one, but pitching wildness caught up to them as PL2 scored eight times in the second inning and seven in the third to put the game out of reach.
Six PL2 players had a hit apiece in the win, while Eli Oldt, Tom Lassila, Ethan Jarvela and Quinn Donnelly all drove in runs.
Four PL2 pitchers combined to allow four hits: Oldt, Donnelly, Lassila and Kyle Maki.
Baraga's Milo Schaefer was the only player to record multiple hits.
In Major baseball at Ironwood, Portage Lake eliminated Marquette by a 7-1 count, putting them in an elimination game against host Penokee Range today.
PL will be looking for revenge for a second-round game Sunday in which Penokee won by a wide margin.
The winner will need to beat Ishpeming, which drummed Penokee 15-3 Tuesday, twice to win the tournament.