Prep baseball roundup: Escanaba beats Marquette 10-4, Negaunee sweeps Superior Central

MARQUETTE – Giving up 10 walks and making five errors, the Marquette Senior High School baseball team wound up losing to visiting Escanaba on Wednesday night, 10-4.

Though the Redmen picked up six walks themselves, they were only able to get one hit: a single by Jacob Olson.

“It was a sloppy game,” Marquette coach Todd Koski said. “I need to do a better job preparing the team to play.

“We couldn’t get the bats going and we were off balance all night.

“(We also) had too many mistakes to be a good team,” he added.

The Eskymos scored four runs in the first inning and slowly pulled away, though MSHS made it 8-4 in the fifth with three runs.

Ben Kleiman and Devin Olsen (double) posted two hits apiece to lead the Escanaba attack.

Escanaba starting pitcher Brandon Punzel got the victory, giving up three runs on a hit and five walks in four innings of work. He struck out four.

Gabe Apple shouldered the loss for MSHS. He surrendered seven runs on three hits and nine walks in 3.2 innings of play. He fanned four.

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Negaunee 18-11,

Superior Central 7-1

At Eben Wednesday, Negaunee swept host Superior Central, 18-7 in six innings and 11-1 in five.

“We hit the ball well in the first game, but we have some inexperienced players and it showed,” SC coach Bill Maki said. “Negaunee also ran on us.

“The second game got sloppy, but overall today, we showed some improvement.”

Chad Larson had three hits and drove in three runs for the Miners in the opener. Teammates Tyler LaJoie and Jay Lori added two hits each, with LaJoie knocking in two runs and scoring four.

Cody Maki – the coach’s son – recorded three hits and plated two runs for the Cougars (1-13). Brandon Maki and Eli Pasanen chipped in two hits apiece.

Dylan Tasson was the winning pitcher for NHS and Nick Goings was saddled with the loss for SC.

In the nightcap, LaJoie, Larson and Eric Lori collected two hits each to pace the Miners’ attack.

Hurler Luke Hill went four innings for Negaunee. He allowed just two hits and struck out four.

Cody Maki hit a double for SC, which made 10 errors in the contest.

Brandon Maki was tagged with the pitching loss.