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Esky adds two wins Saturday

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Cubs climbed back to .500 here Saturday, posting a pair of much-needed Under-19 baseball victories.

Collin Arnt scored the game-winner on a Riley Lamb’s walk-off double to left-centerfield in the eighth inning of the opener, enabling the Cubs to snap a six-game losing streak with a 2-1 triumph over Sheboygan, Wis.

The Cubs (7-7) then used a big fourth inning to defeat the Eastern U.P. Wood Ducks 4-1.

“Putting two wins together is huge for us mentally,” said Esky manager Jon Bintner. “We needed to get something going before the U.P. tournament (July 23-25 at Iron Mountain) and definitely helped ourselves gain some momentum.”

Esky did all its scoring in the fourth frame against the Sault Ste. Marie-based Wood Ducks (1-12), tying the score on Jack McEvers’ double to left.

Brett Schlenvogt gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead on a bases-loaded walk. Esky then gained a two-run cushion on Adam Willette’s sacrifice fly to left before Matt Zimmerman concluded the scoring on an error.

The Wood Ducks went ahead on Ben Swanson’s single to right in their half of the fourth.

“We had our chances,” said EUP manager Kris Bontrager. “I thought we played pretty solid except for the one bad inning.”

Hunter Lancour and Schlenvogt combined on a three-hitter. Lancour pitched five innings for the win, striking out five, walking two, hitting a batter and allowing two hits. Schlenvogt fanned two, walked two and gave up a hit in the last two frames.

“Hunter threw a good game and Brett did a nice job in relief,” said Bintner. “It got hot out there. I want to give Collin credit for catching both games.”

McEvers had two of Esky’s five hits and Swanson finished with a pair. Both teams committed an error.

Ethan Mullins, who took the loss, whiffed the first two hitters he faced and walked five.

In the opener, Arnt got hit by a pitch and reached second on Hunter Lancour’s bunt along the first-base line in the eighth prior to scoring the game-winner moments later.

Adam Willette took the win in relief of Noah Lancour, who threw 119 pitches through six frames. Lancour fanned eight, walked four and scattered six hits.

“Noah threw a very good game,” said Bintner. “He did a good job wiggling out of James and Adam had a nice change of pace. He did a good job throwing strikes.”

Sheboygan (5-2), which stranded eight baserunners in the first three innings against Esky, then mercied the Wood Ducks 13-1 in five innings.

Cooper Gasse absorbed the loss in relief of Peyton Voight, who threw six innings of no-hit ball. Voight struck out 10, walked three and hit a batter.

The victory enabled the Cubs to even the series with Sheboygan after committing six errors in a 10-4 loss to the Badger State squad Friday night.

“We didn’t play our best game this weekend,” said Bintner. “We dropped a lot of flyballs Friday night and did a little bit of that today.”

The Cubs visit Bark River Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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