Esky grabs three victories

POYNETTE, Wis. — The Escanaba softball team traveled to Wisconsin over the weekend and came away with three quality victories.

Esky started its weekend with a 6-0 victory over DeForest, Wis. Friday, the No. 5 team in Division 1 in Wisconsin.

Gabi Salo earned the complete game shutout on the mound, giving up just two hits and no walks while striking out 11.

“She threw really well and she’s really limiting her walks. She worked out of a couple 3-0 and 3-1 counts,” Esky coach Gary Salo said. “She’s staying ahead of hitters and keeping them on their toes.”

Maddy Block and Nicole Kamin each had two hits and two RBIs and Dakota Cloutier also had two RBIs.

“We played them at a neutral site, so it was nice we didn’t have to play them right at their home field,” coach Salo said. “The DeForest game seemed a lot closer than 6-0. They just couldn’t get anything going offensively. That’s a credit to our defense and our pitching.”

Esky then blew out Whitnall Saturday, the No. 4 team in Division 2 in Wisconsin and the defending state champion, 12-1.

Salo pitched a complete game one-hitter, punching out 15 in six innings. Offensively, she had three RBIs. Block went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Carsyn Segorski went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.

“We hit the ball really hard and forced them into seven defensive errors,” coach Salo said. “Scoring three runs in the first really helped. We played really well on offense and defense.”

The Eskymos (11-0) finished their weekend with a 5-0 win over Westosha Central Saturday.

Kamin earned the complete game victory, surrendering just two hits and two walks while fanning four over seven innings. Kamin and Block each had two RBIs, as Esky managed to score five runs on just three hits.

“Westosha Central had a nice pitcher. She threw hard,” coach Salo said.

“We got one on her in the first, but we couldn’t really get that big inning. We got two in the third and two in the fourth, and we only stranded five runners so she did a good job keeping us in check. We were able to put our hits in timely spots when the kids were on.”

Esky hosts Kingsford in a doubleheader Tuesday.