Baseball: Esky beats Kingsford, 16-8

ESCANABA — The wind was the batter’s friend here Tuesday as a gusty north wind propelled Escanaba past Kingsford, 16-8.

The Eskymos (4-4) came into the second inning trailing 5-3. With two outs, Esky’s Grant LaMarche singled on a shot into left field to score Craig Kamin. Shortly after, Josh Bruntjens hit a deep ball into center to push two runners home and give the Eskymos a 6-5 lead.

One and a half innings passed before either team scored again, when Esky scored a sacrifice by LaMarche.

After a scoreless fifth for the Flivvers, the Eskymos found their groove in the bottom of the inning.

LaMarche knocked in another run when he singled on a ground ball and Lawson scored on a wild pitch from third. A series of walks loaded the bases and LaMarche scored. Jake Anderson doubled to left field to score three more. Anderson scored next to increase the Esky lead to 14-5.

Esky’s Austin Willette stood out in the first inning with a homer that also pushed LaMarche across the plate.

The Flivvers tried to fight back in the top of the sixth with three runs, but Escanaba continued to add to its lead to seal the game.

“The bats were hot tonight,” Esky coach Scott Hanson said. “I think both teams took advantage of that north wind that’s really rare here. It was Austin’s second homer of the year, so he proved it wasn’t a fluke.”

Flivvers’ coach Chad Lindeman looked toward their pitching.

“It’s only our second game outside this year,” he said. “Once our pitching tightens up, I think we’ll be hard to beat. We’ll be competitive. We can hit the ball and we were pretty much error-free.”

Ben Stanish took the loss in relief for the Flivvers over one inning. He struck out one and allowed three hits, five walks and three runs. Luke Terrian pitched the first four innings and allowed seven hits, five walks and five runs while striking out four. Jesse Julian collected four RBIs. Noah Wilcox went 4 for 4 with one run and one RBI, and Terrian finished with two runs and two RBIs.

Jared Hanson earned the win for the Eskymos over five innings. He struck out five and gave up 10 hits, one walk and five runs (four earned).

The Eskymos host Negaunee in a doubleheader Thursday, while Kingsford visits Norway.