Pitcher shuts out Escanaba Cubs

American Legion baseball

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Cubs had trouble solving Derrick Edington’s pitching Friday night as they dropped a 10-0 decision in six innings to the Eastern U.P. Travelers’ AA team in the Gregg Johnson Memorial American Legion baseball tournament.

Edington fired a three-hitter, struck out 10 and walk one in the complete game victory.

“Derrick did what we expected him to do,” said Travelers’ manager Billy Mitchell. “Escanaba has a good team. We just figured Derrick would be a good match-up for them. This was just a case of a leader going out and doing his job. Derrick worked real hard last fall and during the winter. He has become the pitcher we’ve looked forward to seeing for four years.”

The recent Pickford High School graduate, who fanned seven of the first 11 hitters he faced, also got plenty of offensive help from his teammates as the Sault Ste. Marie-based squad sealed the deal with four runs in the sixth.

“They have a good pitcher,” said Esky manager Jon Bintner. “Our guys haven’t seen a guy with his size who can throw that hard. Although, they starting making adjustments at the plate and put the ball in play in the later innings.”

Esky (0-3) got two hits with two out in its half of the sixth. Justin Marenger reached on an infield single and Jake Anderson poked a single to rightfield before Edington struck out Jake LaFave for the final out.

The Travelers, taking advantage of a walk, hit batsman and an error, scored twice in the opening frame and added four runs in the fourth.

“The high school teams in our area had a successful season, and for that we have to thank their coaches for all the hard work they do. I’m glad the boys came out and played the way they did.”

The Travelers, who have two players with college experience and eight committed to playing college ball, finished with eight hits. Shane Thompson had an RBI single to shallow leftfield among his three hits and James Burton added a pair, including a two-run single to center in the seventh.

Esky’s Tyler Lawson led off the fourth with an infield single, reached second on a throwing error and took third on Anderson’s flyball to left. Riley Lamb then reached on a throwing error in the fifth and got to third on back-to-back balks. The Cubs, however, came up empty both times.

The Cubs committed three errors and the Travelers had two.

“We were giving them extra outs with errors,” said Bintner. “We can’t afford to do that. We’ve got to execute the little things.”

Grant LaMarche, who pitched four innings, took the loss. He struck out two, walked four and gave up six runs on five hits. Marenger then worked the final two frames, allowing two walks and four runs on four hits.

Esky, which was facing Marquette in Friday’s nightcap, hosts Bark River tonight at 7:30.

The Travelers return to Al Ness Field today to face Bark River at 10:30 a.m. and Marquette at 12:45.

In other games at Esky, Marinette blanked the Travelers’ A squad 8-0 and dropped a 2-1 decision to DePere, Wis. Friday. Copper Country edged the Travelers 9-8 Friday and Midland Berryhill beat DePere 7-1 Thursday night.

At Gladstone, Midland defeated Copper Country 10-3 and Marquette clubbed Bark River 12-0 Friday.