Hang on, Marines
Seymour rally falls short
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 PM
SEYMOUR, Wis. - Jimmy Jackimowicz put the Marinette Marines in position to win, and Aaron Benson closed the deal Tuesday.
The Marinette Marine baseball team held off Seymour for a 6-5 win, its second close win over the Thunder in as many days.
Jackimowicz went 3 for 3 at the plate, and he earned the victory on the mound. The junior pitched five stellar shutout innings before struggling in the sixth.
Trailing 6-0, the Thunder sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth. Three straight singles, including Casey Jefson's RBI hit, produced one run. Two walks sandwiched around a hit batsman, chased Jackimowicz from the hill.
Jerad Anderson greeted Benson with a two-run single, but Benson ended the inning with a come-backer.
In the seventh, Clayton VanLanen drew a one-out walk, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. With the infield in, Benson struck out No. 3 hitter Casey Jefson. A ground-out to third baseman Kevin Konyn ended the game.
"It worked out well. We played good defense and the kids hit the ball well," Marinette coach Dave Francour said.
Marinette took a 2-0 lead in the third on a walk by Caylubb Maske, a Jackimowicz single and Konyn's two-run single.
Colton Dessart singled, stole second and scored on Maske's base hit in the fourth.
In the top of the sixth, Jackimowicz started a two-out rally with his third straight single. Konyn walked, Benson singled in a run and Jacob Swenson hit an RBI single. Another run scored on an error.
Marinette stranded 11 baserunners but committed no errors for the second straight game.
Jackimowicz worked out of a first-inning jam and retired 13 batters in a row.
"He threw strikes, kept them off balance, mixed in a little curve ball in there," Francour said.
Marinette, 2-2-1 overall, improved to 2-0 in the Bay Conference. Seymour is 1-3.
WP - Jimmy Jackimowicz 52⁄3 IP, 5R, 5ER, 5H, 3W, 2K
LP - Reed Blake 32⁄3 IP, 3R, 2ER, 6H, 3W, 2K
Leading hitters (Marinette): Jackimowicz 3x3; Jacob Swenson 2x4, RBI; Caylubb Maske 1x2, RBI; Kevin Konyn 1x3, 2 RBIs; (Seymour): Andrew Krueger 2x4; Jerad Anderson 1x3, 2 RBIs
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Seymour 000 005 0 - 5