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Friday November 21, 2014
Weyers Complete Game Leads Tribe Past Eskymos

ESCANABA---The regular season came to an end for the Escanaba Eskymos Wednesday night, and the team is probably glad that it is.

The boys lost another one-run game, 4-3 to the Gladstone Indians, ending a season that has seen them come so close, so many times.

Gladstone 19-year-old Matt Weyers pitched a complete game, scattering seven hits and keeping the Eskymo batters off-balance with a mixture of fastballs and curveballs.

Alex DeHaan on the mound on Senior Day.
Escanaba's record fell to 19-13, with of the losses coming by one run. The Eskymos had the lead in most of those close losses, too.

And it continued to be the inability to get the clutch base hit, along with one bad inning of defense, that did the Eskymos in.

"I'd like to say that both teams played well, but we threw it around that one inning (fifth inning)," Escanaba Coach Kirk Schwalbach said. "That hurt us. It's been the story of our season. If we play well, we can play with anybody. But when we don't, well..."

The fifth inning was certainly the turning point, as the Eskymos led, 2-1, but committed three errors and left the inning down, 4-2. Paul Tomaszewski led off with a walk, but he was forced out on a Justin Jurek grounder.  Jurek stole second, and as he did, Eskymo catcher Sean Bissell threw the ball into center field, moving Jurek to third base.

Cody Frazer drove Jurek home with a sacrafice fly to tie the game at 2-2 Jared Stenson followed with a long fly ball off the fence for a double. Then Jake Pearson came to the plate. He got a solid base hit to left, and Eskymo left fielder Cam Beversluis came up throwing. He hit third baseman Devin Olsen on the cut-off throw as Stenson came home.

Blake Ballard is safe at second base.
Olsen threw the ball home and it short-hopped Bissell, bouncing to pitcher Alex DeHaan, who was pitching and backing the play up. Stenson scored on that error.

Pearson went to second. DeHaan tried to get Pearson, but he air-mailed the throw for another error. Austin Young, playing in center field, got to the ball. It went under Young's glove for another error, and Pearson made it to third base.

Hayden Hardwick followed with an RBI single to make it a 4-2 Gladstone lead.

Pearson, however, sprained his ankle on the play. He finished the inning, but had to be removed later in the game. Pearson's loss was Weyers' gain, as Weyers was allowed to finish the game mound instead of Pearson coming on in relief. 


Nick Vandermissen's pop fly lands between fielders.
Escanaba got an unearned run of its own in the sixth inning. Nick Vandermissen hit a pop fly to short left field. Gladstone third baseman Neal Sabin and shortstop Blake Ballard ran backwards toward the ball, and left fielder Christian Groleau started to approach the area.

The ball landed between the three boys, and Vandermissen had a "double".

He eventually scored on a ground ball by David Falish, making it a 4-3 game.

Nick Vandermissen goes for a pop fly.
Then in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Eskymos got a chance when Beversluis ripped one over the center fielder's head with two outs. It was a double for the #9 hitter, bringing up Young, who was one of three seniors honored before the game.

Weyers stayed on the mound to face his buddy. The two were teammates on the Delta County Senior Little League All-Stars team that made it to the state finals in 2009.

Well, fast-forward to Wednesday night, and Weyers got the count to 1-2. He threw a wicked curveball and young swung through it, ending the game with a fist-pump.

"Austin has always been trouble for me," Weyers said. "Either I hit him, or he usually hits the ball off me. So, I knew I had to hit my spots and throw strikes, and I got ahead in the count.  I was throwing as hard as I could that last at-bat. I knew that Austin wanted that fastball again, so I had to come with the curveball and take him out."

"Matt threw a good game for us," Jim Groleau said. "I think he started picking up velocity there in the third inning. He was throwing hard. If you would have told me that he would throw a complete game with 95 pitches, I would have said 'no way'."

Matt Weyers at the plate. He got it done with his arm, though, not with the bat.
Weyers did not allow a walk, and scattered seven hits to improve his record to 3-0.

"He pitched well," Schwalbach said. "I was proud of Matt's effort. My kids played wello off him. We had six or seven hits. He was throwing kind of like the Kirkland kid (Tyler, Sault Ste. Marie). I'm just disappointed with that one bad inning we had."

Escanaba used four pitchers.

Kleiman and Olsen were both effective, each pitching two innings and allowing no runs. Young started and allowed one unearned run.

There were some good defensive plays in the game. Kleiman, when he was playing at shortstop early in the game, turned a nice 6-3 double play in the third inning. And for the Indians, Weyers made the defensive play of the game when he barehanded a bunt by Kleiman in the bottom of the third inning and got the out.


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Matt Weyers Barehanded Bunt Play
"I saw the bunt, and I knew that I had to make a clean throw over there," Weyers said. "I picked it up, and as soon as I turned and threw, I saw no one at the base, and I had already released the ball."

"And I was like 'Dear God, Paul, you better get there'. And Paul made a great catch, moved his feet perfectly, and got us an out."

"Gladstone has a really good team," Schwalbach said. "This was a good test for us going into districts. I just told the boys that our season starts on Saturday. We're back to 0-0. We really haven't played our best baseball yet. So, let's do it now."

Eskymo senior Ian DeMarse had a hit.
For Escanaba, it was just another loss in a long string of losses that would have been wins with a little more luck, and a little more execution. And it was a sad way to end the regular season for the three seniors, Young, DeHaan, and Ian DeMarse.

"We made a bunch of mistakes and we should have won this game easily, I thought," DeMarse said, then added, "It's been a fun time here.

"I'm a little sad, but it's not over yet. We've got districts. Hopefully, we can bring home a district title. It's just great to be an Eskymo, and once you get to know these teammates, you just start to love them."


Yes, indeed. The "second season" begins for Escanaba on Saturday, at the district tournament in Sault Ste. Marie. The Eskymos will face the Cheboygan Chiefs in the first round. Game time is 12:30. The game will be broadcast on WCHT-AM (600), and it will be streamed live on www.rrnsports.com.

Gladstone (11-1) will host Iron Mountain in a doubleheader on Sunday. Game time is 4:00. Those games will also be broadcast live on WCHT and rrnsports.com.

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7/8
4:00 AM
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7/12
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Monday August 27, 2012
2012 GLADSTONE INDIANS ROSTER
Monday August 27, 2012
2012 ESCANABA CUBS TEAM ROSTER
Sunday August 26, 2012
Up-And-Down Cubs Season Ends In Shutout Loss
Friday August 3, 2012
Cubs Blow 5-0 Lead; Fall In Ten At State Tourney
Thursday August 2, 2012
Escanaba Cubs Win U.P. Zone Five Championship
Sunday July 29, 2012
Escanaba Cubs Settle For Split At U.P. Zone Finals
Thursday July 26, 2012
Escanaba Cubs Pound Menominee In Season Finale
Tuesday July 24, 2012
Eskymo David Falish Named Academic All-Stater
Monday July 23, 2012
Tomaszewski Gets Walk-Off For South All-Stars
Wednesday July 18, 2012
Double Zero: Indians Win South On Two Shutouts
Saturday July 14, 2012
Hardwick Leads Indians Past Kingsford In Finale
Thursday July 12, 2012
Indians Whip Negaunee Twice; Clinch League Title
Tuesday July 10, 2012
Escanaba Cubs Split Four Games In Sault Ste. Marie
Saturday July 7, 2012
Gladstone Indians Shut Down Channing Railroaders
Thursday July 5, 2012
One That Got Away: Kimberly Rally Stuns Escanaba
Saturday June 30, 2012
Indians Finish Kimberly Tourney With 11-4 Victory
Saturday June 30, 2012
Indians Lose To Neenah; Fall To 0-2 In Tournament
Friday June 29, 2012
Esky Cubs Blanked In Kimberly Tourney Opener
Friday June 29, 2012
Indians Give Up 12 Runs In Fifth, Lose To Ash-Port
Thursday June 28, 2012
Lamb Shuts Down Marquette As Cubs Post 3-0 Win
Wednesday June 27, 2012
Escanaba Junior Cubs Sweep Twinbill In Daggett
Monday June 25, 2012
Indians Lose Semi In Nine; De Pere Wins Tourney
Sunday June 24, 2012
Mistake-Prone Cubs Lose Twice; Out of Tourney
Saturday June 23, 2012
Indians Split Again; Hope For A Spot in Semifinals
Saturday June 23, 2012
Esky Cubs Blank Soo Canada For Tournament Split
Friday June 22, 2012
Indians Rally Past EUP; Get Mercied By Ash-Port
Friday June 22, 2012
Tomaszewski Goes Deep As Indians Top Channing
Wednesday June 20, 2012
Escanaba Cubs Rally For Wild Win In Marquette
Tuesday June 19, 2012
Escanaba Eskymos Celebrate Successful Season
Tuesday June 19, 2012
Stenson, Frazer Lead Tribe to Sweep In Kingsford
Monday June 18, 2012
Escanaba Junior Cubs Get Fathers Day DH Sweep
Sunday June 17, 2012
Escanaba Cubs Open Season With Five In Green Bay
Sunday June 17, 2012
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Sunday June 17, 2012
2012 ESKYMO BASEBALL ROSTER
Sunday June 17, 2012
Gladstone Indians Get Revenge: 3-0 Over Blues
Thursday June 14, 2012
Indians Hold Off Kingsford In Pivitol League Game
Tuesday June 12, 2012
Eskymo Baseball Season Ends In Regional Semifinal
Sunday June 10, 2012
Eskymo Baseball Prepares For Regional Challenge
Friday June 8, 2012
Indians Battle Back Again, Top Menominee In Nine
Wednesday June 6, 2012
Indians Get Wake-Up Call; Rally Past I.M. Golds
Tuesday June 5, 2012
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Monday June 4, 2012
Eskymo District Playoff Games Rained Out In Soo
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Tuesday May 29, 2012
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Sunday May 27, 2012
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Thursday May 24, 2012
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Tuesday May 22, 2012
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Saturday May 19, 2012
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Saturday May 19, 2012
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Friday May 18, 2012
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Thursday May 17, 2012
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Tuesday May 15, 2012
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Monday May 14, 2012
Eskymos Sweep Mistake-Prone Sault Blue Devils
Saturday May 12, 2012
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Saturday May 12, 2012
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Thursday May 10, 2012
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Wednesday May 9, 2012
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Sunday May 6, 2012
DeHaan, Kleiman Lead Eskymos To Tourney Sweep
Sunday May 6, 2012
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Friday May 4, 2012
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Wednesday May 2, 2012
Olsen Leads Eskymos To 12-2 Win At Stephenson
Wednesday May 2, 2012
Gladstone Indians To Open Season On Wednesday
Monday April 30, 2012
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Sunday April 29, 2012
Eskymo Baseball Prepares For Saginaw Showcase
Friday April 27, 2012
Eskymos Rally For Walk-Off Win Over Negaunee
Thursday April 26, 2012
Eskymos Top Stephenson In Sloppy Baseball Match
Tuesday April 24, 2012
Eskymos Struck By Lightning Twice In Appleton
Saturday April 21, 2012
Eskymos Rally To Beat Kingsford In Cold Rain
Friday April 20, 2012
Eskymos Shivver, Roll Past Norway Again, 17-0
Tuesday April 17, 2012
Eskymos Suffer Power Outage In Loss To Shawano
Saturday April 14, 2012
Delta County Boy Scouts Help Eskymos With Flag
Saturday April 14, 2012
Eskymos Sweep Rudyard To Start Big Homestand
Friday April 13, 2012
Escanaba Eskymos Rip Norway To Go To 2-0
Wednesday April 11, 2012
Eskymos Open Season With Win Over Marquette
Tuesday April 10, 2012
Young Eskymos Ready For 2012 Baseball Season
Sunday April 8, 2012
Schwalbach Hired As New Eskymo Baseball Coach
Saturday March 17, 2012
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Friday March 16, 2012