THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Marinette Earns 7-5 Win In Finale
Enjoying one of their better hitting days of the season, Marinette (socked out 10 hits to knock off host Escanaba (16-10) Thursday 7-5. Eli Krah, Jacob Swenson, Kevin Konyn and Alex Lemery collected two safeties each.
Marinette put two runs on the board in the third inning when Caylubb Maske struck out but reached first base as the ball got away from the catcher. After getting bunted to second by Jimmy Jackimowicz, Krah ripped a run scoring single. Three batters later Konyn came up with a clutch two-out hit for a 2-0 spread.
Escanaba tied the score in their half of the third, then went up 3-2 on a single by Bailey Lamb in the fifth.
But the Marines answered. Konyn drew a one-out walk and scored on singles by Lemery and Alex Nemetz for a 3-3 deadlock in the sixth.
Four more Marines made their way home in the seventh as Jackimowicz was hit by a pitch and Krah walked to open the inning. After Blake Miller popped up, Swenson, Konyn and Lemery followed with base hits while a wild pitch plated the final run.
Trying to protect a 7-3 lead in the bottom of the 7th, reliever Jackimowicz recorded a pair of quick outs before running into trouble. An error on Krah at short followed by two walks and a two-run single by Hunter Lamarch trimmed the deficit. Jackimowicz regrouped and finally got out of the jam as Sean Bissell flew out to short.
We made some personnel changes, bringing up a couple of players up from the jayvee team. They contributed and we finally hit the ball. It was a good win heading into the tournament, Marinette coach Dave Francour said.
Marinette finished the regular season with a 6-14-1 readout and 4-12 in the Bay Conference.