CC Flames fall to Marquette in Legion tournament
MARQUETTE – Kingsford edged Menominee 11-5 to face Marquette in the American Legion league tournament championship on Thursday.
Marquette beat Copper Country 14-3 in the first Wednesday semifinal to advance to the final. Kingsford’s win came at the end of a two-hour contest
The teams share a 9-1 league record headed into the game. Kingsford won the league title on a tiebreaker-runs allowed. Kingsford allowed 26, while Marquette allowed 29.
The championship game is 6 p.m. EDT.
“They hung in there. They played as a unit,” said Kingsford coach Dek Forstrom. “We worked on some things. I pressured them. I challenged them. I don’t care what pitch you hit as long as it’s a good pitch.”
Menominee took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Kingsford responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs to take the lead for good.
“We were down 4-1 and the guys came in and it seemed like it was 10 runs and it was over,” said Menominee coach John Lauzer. “I told the guys to just start playing ball.”
Kingsford’s Anthony Rebera and Dan Harrington each hit 3 for 4. Jacob Mongrain scored three times.
Mark Pulver and Caleb Kleiman had two hits for Menominee.
Brett Swanson started on the mound for Kingsford. Andy Barker pitched an inning in relief. They gave up a combined four hits and two walks with a strikeout.
Menominee pitchers Mark Puluer and Nathan Nowark surrendered a combined eight hits and five walks with five strikeouts.
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Marquette 14, Copper Country 3
In the first game, Marquette gouged a 10-0 lead in the third inning with five hits and three Copper Country errors.
Marquette’s Tyler Larson reached base three times with two walks and a single.
“We were in it the first couple of innings,” said Copper Country coach Ron Stimac. “Our pitcher was getting the job done. Then the wheels started to fall off. All of a sudden a couple balls start dropping in and then it explodes. We play six innings out of a seven inning game. We’re a young team and we try to overcome that. Walks always hurt you.”
Copper Country scored its three runs in the fifth inning.
Marquette pitchers held Copper Country to five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Copper Country pitchers walked eight batters and gave up four hits with three strikeouts.