MARQUETTE - Kingsford Blues, with Austin Murdock and Matt Wiitanen each knocking in three runs, rolled past Menominee 11-1 in an American Legion baseball Class A state tourney opener Thursday.
Kingsford built a 9-0 lead before Menominee plated its lone run in the top of the seventh inning. The Blues ended the game on the 10-run rule, adding two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Kingsford broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the third as Dusty Neuens, winning pitcher C.J. Qualley and Murdock collected singles.
Kingsford's biggest inning was a four-run sixth that included three walks, two singles, a hit batsman and two wild pitches that scored runs.
Murdock registered three of the Blues' 13 hits while CJ Qualley and Wiitanen had two apiece. Neuens scored three times.
Wiitanen, Qualley and Kyle Sexton cracked doubles.
Qualley was also the winning pitcher, holding Menominee to just three hits and striking out four. Two of the hits for Menominee (12-25) came in the seventh when the Red Wave scored their lone run on a single by David Beck.
The Blues (29-19) will face Hudson at 5 p.m. (Central time) tonight.