Cubs, Indians drop two in tourney

Legion baseball

GLADSTONE — It was a tough weekend for the Escanaba Cubs and Gladstone Indians as they each dropped two games in a round-robin American Legion baseball event.

The Indians fell to Niagara, Wis. 14-1 Saturday and Sault Ste. Marie-based Eastern U.P. Travelers 6-1 Sunday.

Esky opened with a 12-5 loss to Niagara, then fell to Travelers 4-1 in a contest halted by lightning after six innings Saturday.

John Schlenvogt went the distance and took the loss against Sault. He struck out six, walked two and gave up five hits.

Sault scored a pair of unearned runs in the first. A double by Logan Lamb enabled Esky to pull within 2-1 in its half of the inning.

“John had a rough start, but settled down nicely,” said Esky head coach Jon Bintner.

“It was good baseball going into the (zone) tournament next weekend. We would liked to make a better showing. We should be able to score four runs. We had no timely hitting. This is not a good time for our bats to disappear.”

Esky finished with five hits, including a pair by Lamb.

A pair of Esky pitchers combined for 16 walks against Niagara.

Sam Hall went 3 2/3 innings, striking out four, walking nine and allowing four hits. Drew Serrer relieved in the fourth.

Jake Anderson had two hits and Hall had a two-run single for the Cubs.

“We had a couple errors and gave them two unearned runs,” said Bintner. “We were ahead 4-2 after three innings, then the wheels fell off.

In another game, North Central High School senior Ben Snyder rapped three home runs, leading Niagara in a 14-1 rout of Sault.

Gladstone hosts Esky in a regular-season finale tonight at 8.

“Going into the tournament it’s a bounce-back game for both of us,” said Bintner. “Hopefully, the rivalry sparks some hitting and gets us on the right track.”