Todd Rose | Daily Press

Members of the Escanaba baseball group have a good time after a win over Petoskey in an MHSAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal Wednesday in Petoskey.



PETOSKEY — It can be tough for anybody to pinpoint a single, decisive second that led to the Escanaba Eskymos defeating the Petoskey Northmen 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in Petoskey in an MHSAA Divison 2 regional quarterfinal.

The ending, nevertheless, was because the Braves Riley Lamb scooped up a groundball and scrambled again to first base to safe the ultimate out within the high of the seventh to seal the Eskymos’ victory.

“I don’t know how you top (last) Saturday’s game against Cheboygan, but we just did,” mentioned Escanaba head coach Scott Hanson. “Kudos to the boys. The kids made plays.”

Lamb’s particular person recreation served as a capsule of types for Escanaba’s recreation as a complete.

After an error within the sixth the place he misplaced the deal with of a groundball, Lamb collected two outs — together with the final — on related performs within the seventh.

“We’re playing with confidence. Nobody gets down,” Hanson mentioned. “Even if we make a mistake, we move on to the next play. We made some mistakes (today), but we played through them.”

For Lamb, the 2 performs to assist safe the Escanaba victory served as redemption for his error.

“I was really worried about it when I made that (error),” Lamb mentioned. “Sometimes I get down on myself pretty easily, and I was not happy about that. For me to be able to actually come back and do something to help us out again, in the end, means so much to me because I never want to let my guys down. It was awesome.”

Following the win final week over Cheboygan, Lamb mentioned the group was feeling good heading into the competition in opposition to the Northmen.

“It’s crazy,” he mentioned of the win. “We felt assured about it since we gained districts. But, for us to return in right here and truly get it executed — simply the way in which we did it too; we performed rather well — it was lots of enjoyable. That was one of many funnest video games I’ve ever had.

“We’re going to make a little run here. Let’s go Mo’s!”

Hunter Lancour (one strikeout, three walks, three allowed hits for 2 runs (1 ER)) began the sport for the Eskymos and pitched by 5. As the sport started to wind down, Jared Hanson (one strikeout, one stroll, one hit given up) got here in to shut issues up for Escanaba.

It was really Lancour who urged the change, mentioned coach Hanson.

“I can’t say enough how well (Hunter) pitched. He competes every pitch,” mentioned coach Hanson. “Just as a teammate, too. We bought to the sixth, and I went on the market, and I (requested him what he was pondering), and he goes, ‘I think they’re timing me up, coach. Let’s go along with Jared.’ Who does that? What a fantastic teammate.

“I think Jared had enough in the tank to go a couple innings. I was kind of worried with his arm issues. I think by the end of the sixth, he was pretty loose. I don’t know what it was on the radar gun, but it was pretty hot.”

The Eskymos tallied 4 hits with Bryant Maki going 2-3 with an RBI to deliver Lancour in on a bunt that become a double within the fourth.

Lancour and Lamb every had hits with Lamb incomes an RBI on a single within the fourth that ushered Maki to the dish, too.

Colin Arnt jumpstarted a busy double play for the Eskymos within the high of the sixth.

On a pop fly, Arnt got here up simply shy of gathering the out with a catch. The ball, as an alternative of resting in his glove, popped out, hit the bottom and ended up in his different hand.

He then introduced the ball in and threw it to Tyler Lawson at dwelling for one out. Lawson — like others — believed Arnt had caught the ball and that the play on the plate was out three and rolled the ball to the mound.

In the chaos that ensued, the ball discovered its method again to dwelling plate the place Lawson caught one other throw for out three.

Petoskey coach Shawn Racignol mentioned it was moments like this which might be onerous to arrange for.

“Just some stuff you can’t really practice for,” he mentioned. “But, that’s the game of baseball. It’s an awesome game, but sometimes those type of things happen.”

He added the sport was sure to be an in depth one.

“The score could have gone either way,” he mentioned. “If we played a couple more innings it probably be 5-4 7-6, 8-7. It’s just one of those types of ballgames.”

Coach Hanson had related ideas.

“I figured it was going to be a one-run game going in, but I didn’t know who was going to come out on top,” he mentioned. “I hoped it was going to be us, and it was.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am for the boys. We just want to keep playing and now down in Alma on Saturday.”

Escanaba travels to Alma to face off in opposition to Muskegon Oakridge at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

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