MARQUETTE - Youth ball games at two tournaments taking place in the Upper Peninsula were postponed by rain and thunderstorms Friday and are scheduled to be made up today.
At the American Legion Zone 5 baseball tourney taking place in Menominee, the Marquette Blues trailed the Escanaba Cubs 4-3 when rain halted play. The game is set to resume at 11:30 a.m. EDT today. Menominee and Kingsford were also playing at an adjacent field with the game scoreless in the third inning when that game was called.
The losing teams from these games will be eliminated, while the winners play each other, in all likelihood immediately after their suspended games end.
The winner of today's second game should lock up the third and final spot in the state Class A Legion tournament to be held in Adrian next week. The first two spots have been clinched by Hancock and Gladstone, which were to play in the finals of the winner's bracket on Friday. That game will likely be played today.
The winner that emerges from today's games involving the Blues, Escanaba, Menominee and Kingsford will play the Hancock-Gladstone loser, with the Hancock-Gladstone winner already seeded into the championship round. An updated schedule on those games hasn't been released.
At the Little League Minors softball state tournament taking place at Lemerand Park in Escanaba, the opening ceremonies and all games were washed out on Friday, including one involving Negaunee.
Friday's entire schedule will be played today, putting the first game for the 9- and 10-year-old girls from Negaunee against Cheboygan at 1 p.m. at Center Field.
On Sunday, tourney organizers plan to play all of today's and Sunday's original schedule, meaning all 16 teams will play two games and complete their pool play, bringing the event back onto schedule, according to District 10 Chairman Don Howes.
Negaunee is set to play Centreville at 11 a.m. Sunday at East Field and then face host Escanaba at 5 p.m. at Center Field.
Quarterfinal play takes place Monday involving the top two teams from each four-team pool. The teams from Negaunee's pool are scheduled to play games at 10 a.m. and noon.
Semifinals are set for 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday with the championship at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
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