Blues solid in Legion opener

KINGSFORD – Kingsford, opening its American Legion baseball season, dropped a 2-0 contest to the Marquette Blues Wednesday afternoon at Lodal Park’s Gary Spigarelli Field.

The Blues out-hit the visitors 9-3 but couldn’t cash in even after loading the bases in two innings.

“We made contact,” Kingsford manager Jim Grailer said. “We hit the ball right at them when we had our runners in scoring position. That’s just the way it goes. Marquette has a good baseball team.”

Mike McCole, Brandon Kowalkowski and Brock Grenier worked the mound for Kingsford. Marquette scored only one earned run, on a single by Hunter Larson in the second inning. Marquette’s second run came in the third with a walk followed by an error and a sacrifice fly off the bat of MacKinley Larson.

All three of them pitched very well,” Grailer said. “I’m very proud of the kids, for the first game, a 2-0 ballgame. That’s a good ballgame. I’m happy with it.”

Kowalkowski led the Blues at the plate with three hits, including a double. CJ Qualley beat out a grounder for an infield hit in the Blues’ final at-bat to bring up the potential tying run, but Marquette worked out of trouble.

MacKinley Larson pitched a complete game for Marquette and was aided by a Marquette defense that turned three double plays.

Kingsford heads to Marquette for a rematch this afternoon.