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Marquette Blues make most of one hit in 5-3 win over Escanaba

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Blues picked up the tying and go-ahead runs without benefit of a hit to take a 5-3 home victory over the Escanaba Cubs in an Upper Peninsula Under-19 Baseball League game on Wednesday evening at Haley Memorial Field in Marquette.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Blues’ Jakob Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home the tying run and teammate Brock Taylor hit a ground-out to send home the go-ahead run.

In fact, Marquette managed just one hit, a single by Peterson, for the entire game. The Cubs committed one error, while Esky starting pitcher Conner Aiken dealt out eight walks, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches in his four innings on the mound.

That made a winner out of Blues pitcher Hogan Nemetz, who pitched all six innings while allowing three earned runs on three hits and three walks as he struck out four.

Nemetz also scored a run while drawing two walks, as did teammate Brendan Kaski, while Peter VandenAvond actually scored twice while also earning two walks. And Marquette’s Blake Henriksen drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.

After the Blues scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, the Cubs answered with three in the second on a bases-loaded double by Brett Schlenvogt. Esky also got singles from Collin Arnt and Tyler Lawson as Marquette didn’t commit an error in the field.

The Blues are scheduled to host the Copper Country Flames in a noon Saturday doubleheader.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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