HANCOCK - Kingsford, scoring in every other inning in the second game of an American Legion doubleheader against Hancock, pulled off a doubleheader sweep Sunday, winning 7-3 and 10-2.
"Their pitching was really effective today. They kept our hitting down, we've been hitting the ball pretty well lately but they really kept it under control and they made outs when they were given a chance to make outs," Hancock manager Ron Stimac said.
Several times, it came down to the hosts allowing too much traffic on the basepaths. Kingsford had six baserunners in the first inning, and three scored, four baserunners in the third, and three scored, and five in the fifth inning, and three scored. A combined seven walks in those innings proved too much to overcome.
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Kingsford’s Brien Johnson jumps into the air attempting to avoid the tag from Hancock first baseman Alex Nettell during the fifth inning of Game 2 of an American Legion baseball doubleheader. Johnson was tagged out.
Kingsford's role in the outbursts was far from passive and bolstered by several key hits, particularly two-out, two-RBI hits from Cole Michaud in the first inning and Wes Paupore in the third.
"That was the story of the day: 2-out hits. In the first game, we scored five out of the seven runs with two outs and this game, that's how we built our lead, with two outs, and getting a base hit with runners on second and third and scoring them," Kingsford manager Jim Grailer said.
Hancock, which had just one baserunner over the first three frames, finally got to Kingsford hurler Brock Grenier in the fourth. Kingsford scored three
more times in the fifth on a hit, three walks, an unsuccessful fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly. Hancock achieved just one borderline hit off Grenier over the last 3 2/3 innings.
Grenier went the distance, allowing one earned run on four hits, striking out six and walking one.
Paupore (two singles) was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game.
Game 1 was tighter, but Kingsford led it wire-to-wire in a 7-3 decision.
The visitors scored three times in the first on a two-run Anthony Rebera double and an RBI single from Greiner.
Hancock responded on a two-RBI single by Puuri in the bottom of the inning but Kingsford pitcher Cole Michaud retired 13 of the next 14 batters. By the time Durocher singled in Hancock's final run with two out in the fifth, Kingsford had added insurance runs in the third (Grenier RBI double) and the fifth.
Michaud set down the last six batters in order to finish with three earned runs on six hits. He fanned five and walked one. Both he, Grenier and Paupore had two hits apiece.