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ESCANABA — It all came down to the final inning on Friday night in Escanaba, as the Gladstone Braves put three runs on the board — and assisted them on defense — in the seventh inning to defeat the Escanaba Eskymos 8-5.

“It is great,” said Braves coach Joe Darmogray. “I told them today when we went to our facility for batting practice, I said, ‘Hey, you guys come to Escanaba at 110 percent, we’re going to win. You have to be 110 percent every single game’ and they did it.”

Upon entering the top of the seventh, the score was tied at five. After lead-off batter Tyler Darmogray flew to center fielder Scott Hiller, the Braves loaded the bases with Nick Martin putting down a bunt to reach first, Braden Sundquist going on four balls and Cam Kelly making the grabbed on a deliberate walk. Noah Peterson would strike next, leaving the Braves in a lucrative but precarious position.

With two outs – and loaded bases – Austin Bagwell pulled Trent Lawson’s walk to push Martin over the plate.

Put freshman Casey Alworden into the batter box with two outs and three ons.

The field left Lawson’s hand, and Alworden lit it and hit a ball from a ground ball into left field to stretch a two-run RBI single to a double on the home toss.

However, Lawson finished the inning strong for the Eskymos, beating Noah Peterson, who swung for a third time.

In the bottom half, Escanaba got off to a good start for her attempt at a comeback when Bon LaChance — who led the team 2-4 on the plate — hit a flyball to right field for a single.

Hiller was next for the Mos, scoring to put the ball in play. However, Tyler Darmogray was briefly on his feet, snatching the ball, marking second to draw Hiller out and throwing first to Aeden Creten to record the double.

Sundquist next drove the final nail into the coffin as he punched Austin Nelson to claim the win.

“There’s always a great rivalry between the two teams,” said Coach Darmogray. “We played Gladstone baseball, and that’s what we asked the kids to do. … We had clutch hits, our pitching was great and I couldn’t ask for more. It was great.”

Sundquist threw three and two-thirds innings, finishing with three strikeouts, a hit, and a walk for zero runs.

Tyler Darmogray started the game for Gladstone, going three and a third. While he also had three strikeouts, he put up four with walks and allowed three hits for five runs, two earned.

Despite six penalties, the Braves weren’t alone with penalties as the Eskymos had five penalties themselves.

Jared Hanson showed the rubber to start the game for the Eskymos and went five innings, giving up five runs — three earned — on three hits with five walks. While he struck out for all three outs in the first, Hanson got off to a slightly shaky start as he opened three separate three-ball bats. However, he recovered well to bat 11 overall in his five innings.

Lawson – who shouldered the loss – was closer to Escanaba as he pitched the final two innings. He fanned two at the plate, walked three, and gave up three earned runs.

Escanaba coach Scott Hanson commented that the play came down to premature mistakes and took advantage of Gladstone.

“That was pretty much what matters” Coach Hanson. “Six of their eight runs came from guys who were skated. I know Jared early in the game, you know you can’t set up runners early. And I’m sure he was a little excited early on. But that kind of hurt us.”

Coach Hanson, noting Tyler Darmogray’s defensive efforts and a treble from Cam Kelly in midfield, mentioned some close plays that could have changed the game’s momentum while giving praise to the Gladstone side.

“We had a game first where the throw was just a little short and we had a ball in the outfield where Zimmerman was just a little short, almost there. If these pieces go our way, maybe it’s a different story.” he said “But really, glory to Gladstone. They played well, they played when they had to and they took advantage when we opened the door.

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