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Legion Blues in state play

July 30, 2012
The Daily News

SAULT STE. MARIE - By advancing to the finals of the American Legion U.P. Zone tournament, Kingsford has qualified for the U.P. State Tournament in Marquette, which takes place this weekend.

Escanaba defeated the Blues 17-3 in Saturday's zone final.

Kingsford had grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third against the Esky squad, but that was answered by a nine-run outburst in the bottom half.

Ian Wienke , with a single to left, brought home CJ Qualley and Paul Deyaert with Kingsford's runs in the third. Wienke added another RBI hit in the seventh.

Qualley, Wienke and Dusty Neuens each had two of Kingsford's seven hits.

Deyaert, Neuens, Aidan Wienke, Bryce Kerscher and Ian Wienke all pitched, with Deyeart being tagged for the loss.

Earlier Saturday against Menomine, Kingsford scored four runs in the fourth and never lost the lead, eventually winning 7-4.

Tied 1-1 entering the top of the fourth, Kingsford took advantage of some Menominee fielding errors to ignite a rally.

Neuens, reaching on an error, scored first when Kerscher grounded one to third.

Kyle Sexton then doubled in Qualley and Kerscher. A single by Ian Wienke brought home Sexton.

Menominee got within one at 5-4 in the sixth, but Kingsford added single tallies in the seventh and eighth to maintain control.

Sexton had three hits in the game. Matt Wiitanen also had three hits, with a double and two RBIs.

Nick Sweig took the win, going all nine innings. He allowed 11 hits while striking out four.



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