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Blues 1-2 in tourney in Plover

July 22, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

PLOVER, Wis. - A 7-1 loss to Madison (Wis.) Saturday morning left the Marquette American Legion Blues baseball team with a 1-2 record in the Plover (Wis.) Tournament.

Friday, the Blues beat Chippewa Falls (Wis.), 4-3, before losing to Janesville (Wis.), 13-0, in five innings.

Ryan Hanson recorded three hits and Nathan Mutch two - including a solo home run - for the Blues against Madison, but it wasn't enough.

Colin O'Neal took the mound loss, allowing all seven runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out one.

"We had some opportunities early, but didn't capitalize. That can come back to haunt you later, which it did," Blues manager Derek Swajanen said. "O'Neal ... did a nice job keeping them off balance."

In their win over defending state champion Chippewa Falls, the Blues got three hits from Spencer Larson and two from Hanson, who knocked in two runs.

Nick Kamrada pitched a complete-game eight-hitter for Marquette. He gave up five walks and fanned five.

"We played real good fundamental baseball and that was the difference," Swajanen said. "When we play smart, we play very tough."

Against Janesville, the Blues were held hitless over five innings by Sam McCann. He walked two and whiffed 10.

Adam Gannon, who was touched foe eight runs and eight hits in 2.6 innings, shouldered the loss. He walked two.

"They're a real strong team and they threw a kid (McCann) who pitched last year at one of the top-ranked junior colleges in the country," Swajanen said.

"It wasn't a surprise he threw a no-hitter against us."

The Blues were scheduled to play Manitowo (Wis.) Saturday night.



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