Run-starved Escanaba tripped by Marquette

Prep baseball

ESCANABA — Offensive woes continued for the Escanaba baseball team Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to Marquette at the Al Ness Field.

The Eskymos managed just six hits.

“Everyone is pressing,” said Escanaba coach Kirk Schwalbach, whose team has scored two total runs in its last two games. “We had some chances, but we couldn’t get a timely hit.”

Esky stranded nine base runners and Marquette stranded four.

Marquette’s Garrett Finkbeiner pitched the victory, going five innings, allowing one earned run, four hits, walking two and striking out seven.

Parker LaMarch collected a pair of hits and freshman Josh Bruntjens delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Eskymos (3-4).

Johnny Schlenvogt suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs in three innings. LaMarch allowed no runs in relief over the last four innings. Marquette scored two runs in the second inning and two runs in the third.

“I didn’t think we pitched bad,” Schwalbach said. “Parker pitched well the last two games and that is a positive.”

Esky returns to action Friday in the Waupun Tournament against state-ranked Waukesha Catholic. The Eskymos also will play two games Saturday in Waupun to wrap up a stretch of seven games in seven days.