Channing edges Kingsford Blues

KINGSFORD – Channing scored two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to edge Kingsford 5-4 in American Legion baseball Monday at Lodal Park’s Spigarelli Field.

While Kingsford used five pitchers, Channing’s Cody Berg went the distance.

“It was a very good game for so early in the season,” Kingsford manager Kevin Murdock said. “I thought that everyone pitched well for both teams and for Cody to go all seven innings was incredible.”

Kingsford pitchers C.J. Qualley, Nick Sweig, Gabe Swanson, Brandon Kowalkowski and Austin Murdock gave up seven hits, fanned eight and walked eight.

Berg scattered seven hits, whiffed eight and walked two.

“We know that every time we play Channing it will be a tough game,” Murdock said. “Good ball players that are well coached makes for a good recipe.”

Cole Tengesdahl collected three Kingsford hits while Qualley, Swanson, Dan Olson and Wes Paupore each had one.

Cole Grenier poked two Railroader hits. Ken Pakarek, Cody Berg, Logan O’Neil, Dominic Christian and Ben Reith each had one.

“I am looking forward to this season,” Murdock said. “I feel that this team has a lot of promise.

“We will make our mistakes but we will also be a very talented team when it is all done.”

Kingsford and Gladstone will play a doubleheader starting at noon Sunday at Lodal Park.

Channing opened the American Legion baseball season Friday with a 2-1 victory over Ishpeming.

Grenier gave up six hits and struck out 11. Ishpeming’s Jake Richards allowed five hits, walked four and struck out seven.

An error and Richards’ hit gave Ishpeming a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Railroaders scored twice in the fifth on two walks and a Brad Gustafson hit.

Channing travels to Hancock on Sunday.

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