MARQUETTE - The Marquette Blues continued its dominance of its Mid-Peninsula League North Division rivals via a sweep of the Ishpeming Blue Storm on Tuesday at Haley Memorial Field, though the wins didn't come easy.
At least not at first for the American Legion ball club.
The Blues weathered a Blue Storm rally attempt in Game 1 for a 6-5 victory followed by a 15-1 Marquette win in Game 2, which was halted after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Marquette Blues starting pitcher Adam Gannon throws against the Ishpeming Blue Storm in Game 1 of an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Tuesday at Haley Memorial Field in Marquette. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
"We were a little sluggish in the first game, but were able to get up and hold the lead after a late surge by Ishpeming," Blues manager Derek Swajanen said. "They have been playing good ball as of late and that is exactly what we were worried about. However, Adam Gannon was able to close the door and get the complete game victory tonight."
Gannon gave up eight hits to Ishpeming in Game 1 while none of the five runs surrendered were earned. He struck out eight and gave up only one walk in seven innings.
Eric Kostreva went 3 for 3 for Marquette with three RBIs and teammate Riley Lynch went 1 for 3 with three RBIs.
For Ishpeming in Game 1, Jake Richards gave up six hits, six runs - five of which were earned - and three walks with three strikeouts in a complete-game performance.
Gunnar Meyer and Drew Corkin both went 2 for 3 for Ishpeming in Game 1 with Meyer driving in two runs and Corkin driving in another.
In Game 2, Spencer Larson led the Marquette offense, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Gannon was 2 for 2 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Alex Baker picked up the win on the mound for Marquette after striking out five Blue Storm batters over three innings.
Marquette scored five runs in the top of the third inning of Game 2 for a 7-0 lead, then added another eight runs in the top of the fifth.