Whatever it takes to win
A pickle never tasted so good
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - A pick-off pickle turned sour for Escanaba and sweet for Menominee as the Red Wave advanced to the winners' bracket of the U.P. Zone Tournament Wednesday night.
Landen Maccoux (from left), Chris Kelley and Ryan Woods celebrate Menominee Legion’s walk-off win over Escanaba in the U.P. Zone Tournament. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
U.P. Zone scoreboard
Escanaba 5, Ishpeming 3
Marquette 6, Kingsford 4 8 innings
Gladstone 6, Eastern U.P. 4
Hancock 4, Channing 2
Menominee 2, Escanaba 1, 8 innings
Noon - Ishpeming vs Kingsford (B.J.'s Field)
1 p.m. - Escanaba vs. Eastern U.P. (Red's Field
3 p.m. - Ishpeming or Kingsford vs. Channing (B.J.'s Field)
4 p.m. - Marquette vs. Hancock (Red's Field)
6 p.m. - Menominee vs. Gladstone (B.J.'s Field)
Landen Maccoux drilled an RBI single up the middle in the eighth inning to give Post 146 a 2-1 win over the Cubs at Spies Field.
Escanaba had blanked Menominee on one hit through the first five innings when the Cubs' defense let the Red Wave escape from an inning-ending trap.
After Ryan Woods reached on an error, Derek Reiswitz spanked a single to left. With two outs, relief pitcher Devin Olsen whirled and fired to second, catching Woods leaning toward third.
But when Woods bolted toward third, Esky's soft toss to the bag skidded to the fence, allowing Woods to race home with the tying run.
"We had the guy picked off and we throw a lollipop," Escanaba coach Tom Ohman said. "All year we've struggled to make plays."
Riley Hegg walked and Ryne Francour forced a throwing error on his bunt to lead off the Menominee eighth. Woods advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. After Olsen intentionally walked Reiswitz, Maccoux ripped a single just past the glove of shortstop Brandon Punzel as Hegg charged home with the winning run.
"I just wanted to get close and protect and make sure I got behind the ball," said Maccoux. "At first I thought (Punzel) was going to snag it, but it took a lucky hop and got through."
The offensive gears for both teams were grinding, putting more pressure on the defenses to make plays. Post 146 had just one error, while Escanaba had three.
"It was a struggle with a lot of luck," said Menominee coach Tony Hofer. "Whatever it takes. I told the team, we had just one error and that kept us from losing. Three errors and we lose the game."
The Cubs scratched out a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with solid strategic baseball. Ben Kleiman drew a leadoff walk and the Red Wave flinched when Bailey Lamb's bunt forced a bad throw. Sean Bissell dropped down a bunt to move the runners over and Hunter LaMarch got the Cubs (9-16) on the board with his fly to center.
Hegg turned in another pitching gem for the Red Wave, allowing just five hits, striking out five and limiting the effect of four walks to earn the complete-game win.
"Riley pitched another good game," said Hofer. "He's hot right now. Defense and pitching kept us in it."
The Cubs got quality mound efforts from starter Ben Kleiman, Andrew Sedlar and Olsen. Kleiman, who tossed a one-hitter against Menominee in 10-0 win this month, didn't allow a hit in his three-inning start. Sedlar allowed two hits in his 21⁄3 innings and didn't allow a walk.
Olsen came on to strand the lead run in the sixth and didn't allow a hit or earned run while taking the loss.
"An error started it and an error ended it," said Ohman. "We should be leaving here with a 1-0 win."
Punzel crushed a two-out double to the fence in the fifth. After Nick Vandermissen drew a walk, Jaden Kleinke gloved Sedlar's smash to deep right field to snuff out the threat.
Reiswitz had two of the Red Wave's three hits.
"It's nice to beat Escanaba after they slaughtered us the last time," said Hofer.
Menominee (13-14) plays Gladstone, a 6-4 winner over Eastern U.P., today at 6 p.m. Escanaba plays Eastern U.P. at 11 a.m.
WP - Riley Hegg 8 IP, 1R, 1ER, 5H, 4W, 5K
LP - Devin Olsen 22⁄3 IP, 1R, 0ER, 0H, 2W, 3K
Leading hitters: Menominee (Derek Reiswitz 2x3; Landen Maccoux 1x3) Escanaba (Brandon Punzel 1x3, 2B)
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