Storm settles for split
Sunday, June 09, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - A nail-biting walk-off victory and a disappointing display of baseball summed up the Menominee Storm's two-game split against Escanaba on Sunday.
Menominee Storm shortstop Matt Lund gets ready to glove a grounder as third baseman Brett Edlbeck breaks for the bag during the Storm’s doubleheader against Escanaba Sunday at Spies Field. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
The Storm, which defeated the Polecats 8-7 in the first game after a Sean Budzynski walk-off double, booted the ball around for eight unearned runs in a 11-0 loss in the second affair.
Menominee jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after Aaron Pettit walked, stole second and scored on a Brett Edlbeck double to right. Matt Lund advanced Edlbeck to third on an infield single, stole second and scored on a Nate Hofer single to right-center.
The Polecats tied the game at three in the second off of starter Brian Bell on an RBI groundout by Matt Jansen and two errors.
Menominee regained the lead in the bottom of the second after Pettit walked, stole second and advanced to third on a single by Edlbeck.
Lund followed with a walk and both Pettit and Edlbeck scored on another two-run single up the middle by Hofer.
After the Storm extended their lead to 6-3 in the fourth, the Polecats made things exciting in the seventh.
Alex Deltaan led of the seventh with a walk and Robert Gauzel doubled to right to put runners on second and third. Jared Stenson drew a walk to load the bases and Jensen delivered a clutch, two-run single to make it a one-run game.
Escanaba scored two more runs to take a 7-6 lead before Alex Gressel got the final out.
In the bottom of the seventh, John Nerat drew a walk and was pinch-ran for by Matt Jacobs. Jacobs stole second and was moved over to third on a bunt down the first-base line by Kevin Betts.
Betts reached first on the play and was pinch-ran for by Joe Costello. After Costello stole second, Sean Budzynski came up with a clutch double past the third baseman to drive in both Jacobs and Costello to give the Storm the victory.
"It was nice having that speed left on our bench when were in that situation late," Storm manager Billy Betts said. "Both Jacobs and Costello are smart baserunners and had great jumps which helped them score."
The wheels fell off for the Storm in the second game. Escanaba scored seven runs in the first three innings on three hits and four errors.
After Gressel went the first three innings, Billy Betts entered the game and shut the Polecats down his first three innings of work.
In the seventh, two hits and three more errors led to four unearned runs.
"I'd say overall, I was happy with a split, but was disappointed with the way we looked in the second game," Betts said. "Our defense has been much better than that. We'll regroup and pick it back up next Saturday."
Menominee (2-1 in the Wishigan League) will travel to Crivitz Saturday at 1 p.m.
Menominee 8, Escanaba 7
WP - Alex Gressel 2⁄3 IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 0W
LP - Matt Jansen 2IP, 2R, 2ER, 1H, 1K, 1W
Leading hitters (Menominee): Nate Hofer 2x4, 4RBI; Brett Edlbeck 2x4, 2B; Sean Budzynski 1x3; 2B; (Escanaba): Robert Gauzel 2x3, 2B; Jansen 1x3, 3RBI
Escanaba 030 000 4 - 7
Menominee 320 100 2 - 8
Escanaba 11, Menominee 0
WP - John Bittner 7IP, 0R, 3H, 7K, 0W
LP - Gressel 3IP, 7R, 4ER, 3H, 1K, 3W
Leading Hitters (Escanaba); Tony Peacock 3x5; Jared Dagenais 2x5; (Menominee): Aaron Pettit 2x3
Menominee 000 000 0 - 0
Escanaba 223 000 4 - 11