Esky softball breaks even over weekend
WIXOM — The Escanaba Eskymos softball team ended a weekend trip downstate on a positive note with a win over Macomb Dakota 7-6 at the Total Sports Complex in Wixom.
Escanaba broke even on the trip below the bridge going 2-2 with another win on Friday against Frankenmuth 3-1.
The two losses came against Hartland (10-0) and Farmington Hills-Mercy (2-1).
“Overall on the weekend, going 2-2 is good especially since we really haven’t gotten to practice as a whole too much outside yet,” said Eskymos coach Andy Fields. “We wanted to put a challenging schedule in front of the ladies, and with challenges comes learning. We will be a better team having gone through this.
“(I’m) very proud of how the ladies weathered the storm, and we finished strong.”
After going down 5-0 early, the Eskymos clawed back with four runs in the third inning.
Then, in the sixth, Carsyn Segorski hit it over the fence for a three-run homer to put the Eskymos up 7-6 heading into the final inning.
From there, said Fields, pitcher Mckayla Mott and the defense shut Dakota down.
“This was an overall team win. Everyone played a part in this win,” he said. “We got stronger in every aspect of the game as it went on. That’s a recipe for success.”
Mott was credited with the win with one strikeout, zero walks, eight allowed hits and six runs over five innings. Offensively, she was 2-3 with three RBIs.
Against Farmington, the Eskymos only notched one run off a solo home run from Erica Moore.
“As a team, we really let our pitcher Emily Moore down,” said Fields. “She pitched a hell of a game.
“We should have pushed more than one run across,” he added.
In the loss against Hartland, the Eskymos were forced to make some last-minute adjustments to their lineup.
Starting catcher Carney Salo was a late scratch after spraining her ankle late in the Friday night Game against Frankenmuth. This gave Madi Fulsher — a call-up from the JV team — the opportunity for her first varsity start behind the dish.
“The Hartland game got away from us early,” Fields said. “We were making adjustments on the fly after losing our starting catcher. Unfortunately, we were playing one of the top teams in Division 1, and they jumped on us.
“I give Fulsher a ton of credit for sticking in there. After she settled in she did a real nice job.”
Mott absorbed the loss against Hartland. She had six strikeouts in the effort.
Fields gave the Hartland pitcher Rachel Everett, and the Eagles’ defense, praise for her performance.
“Hartland’s pitcher is a stud, one of the best the state has to offer, we put the ball in play against her, but their defense was just as impressive as their pitcher.”
The Eskymos host Negaunee for a doubleheader Tuesday.