Esky baseball gets 6-2 win over Miners

NEGAUNEE — The Escanaba Eskymos gained the upper hand early Friday in a 6-2 baseball victory over the Negaunee Miners.

Esky scored four times in the first before Negaunee answered with a pair of runs in its half of the inning.

The Eskymos finished the scoring with two runs in the fifth.

Esky’s Craig Kamin worked six innings before reaching his pitch-count limit. He tossed a three-hitter, struck out eight and walked three. C.J. Barron relieved in the seventh.

“Craig walked the first batter, then he really settled in,” said Esky coach Kirk Schwalbach. “He was throwing his curveball nice. He threw first-pitch strikes to 64 percent of their hitters.”

Esky finished with eight hits. Parker LaMarch had two and scored twice. Jake Anderson also had a pair and drove in a run.

“We hit a lot of balls hard, but many right at them,” said Schwalbach. “We’re getting a little better every game.”

Mark Anderson, who went the distance, absorbed the loss. He fanned three and walked two on a day which the temperatures hovered near 45 degrees, accompanied by 20 mph winds.

“That’s not baseball weather, but we handled it pretty well,” said Schwalbach.

The Eskymos are playing a doubleheader today at Schofield, Wis. D.C. Everest.