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Monday December 17, 2018
Indians Hang On To Beat Eskymos In Rivalry Battle

GLADSTONE----All night long, you just knew that the game would not be decided until the final batter came to the plate.

The Escanaba Eskymos and Gladstone Indians hooked up in a typical Escanaba-Gladstone battle Wednesday night, and the two teams went back and forth for seven innings before the Indians emerged with a 5-4 win at Don Olsen Field.

Gladstone's Lucas LaCosse is safe at third.
Cody Frazer and Jake Pearson hit solo home runs as the Indians took a 5-2 lead, but the Eskymos rallied for two runs in the sixth inning and then had two men on with nobody out in the seventh.

That's when Gladstone freshman Justin Jurek stepped to the mound, making his first-ever mound appearance for the varsity Legion program.

It was a rousing success. Jurek got Nick Vandermissen to fly out to right field for the first out. Then Jurek was locked in a long struggle with David Falish before getting the strikeout on the eleventh pitch of the at-bat.

And then, with runners at second and third, Jurek caught Alex DeHaan looking to put an exclamation point on a big Indians victory.

"All I threw was fastballs," Jurek said. "I was waiting for (catcher, Cody) Frazer to call a curveball, but he never did. But I wasn't gonna shake him off. I was gonna let him call the game. And the fastballs worked. Frazer gave me the target and I hit it, I guess."


Justin Jurek strikes out Alex DeHaan
"I knew he was nervous, and I didn't want to call for too much junk," Frazer said. "So, I kept straight fastballs. He was throwing harder than Blake (Ballard) was, and I knew that they couldn't catch up to it. So, we just kept it low, and it worked." Indians Manager Jim Groleau liked the poise of his young right-hander.

"We've talked this situation over many times, and I know that he hates to come in and close," Groleau said. "He's a starter. Gus gave me that look when I came out and gave him the ball. (But) he's baseball-smart beyond his years. He doesn't make many mistakes."

On the other side of the field, Eskymo Manager Kirk Schwalbach was seeing what he has seen too many times this season: another one-run loss.

"It was a battle," Schwalbach said. "I give Justin Jurek credit for stepping in. He made some big pitches with Dave and Alex up, and he got the outs. That's impressive."

Esky's Austin Young gets a base hit.
When the game started, Escanaba had a chance to score right away when Austin Young was safe on an error. But Ben Kleiman hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Vandermissen followed with a double, but he was caught leaning too far off the bag a moment later and was picked off.

Then in the bottom of the inning, Frazer hit a solo home run to left field off Eskymo starting pitcher Falish to make it 1-0.

"Dave has a really good curveball, so you have to watch for that all the time," Frazer said. "I just got lucky that he only threw me one of them. I was kind of glad about that. He threw me a change-up, which he has a good one when he throws it in the dirt, but he hung that one. I was just trying to get a hit with two strikes on me, and it kept going."


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Cody Frazer home run
"I think, with the count 0-2, Dave gave him way too much of the plate," Schwalbach said. "We'll get better at that. If you're gonna miss, miss 'away'. He laid it right down the middle of the plate, Cody saw it, and he just drove it."

Escanaba got an unearned run in the second inning on a walk, a wild pitch, and an error on Jurek at second base. But in the third inning, Luke LaCosse walked, went to second on an excellent bunt by Jurek, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Frazer. It was Frazer's second RBI of the game.


Cam Beversluis robbed by Christian Groleau
In the fourth inning, Vandermissen led off with a walk, and moved to third base on a double by Falish. That brought up Cam Beversluis, who hit a three-run homer in the Eskymo win over Marquette last Saturday. Beversluis hit one toward the center field gap, but was robbed of a hit by a diving Christian Groleau. Vandermissen tagged up and scored to tie the game at 2-2, but Indians pitcher Blake Ballard got a pop up and a strikeout to end the inning tied.

And in the bottom of the inning, Jake Pearson hit Falish's first pitch over the left field fence for a solo home run to give the Indians a 3-2 lead. Then, in the fifth inning, the Indians added two runs with a two-out rally to take a 5-2 lead. Frazer singled and scored on a Jared Stenson double. After Pearson walked, fellow Rapid River student Hayden Hardwick smacked a single to left field to score Stenson. It was 5-2.

Eskymos gather during a time-out; Gladstone's Jared Stenson eavesdrops.
But the Eskymos did not roll over. Falish started the inning with an infield hit, and then Beversluis walked. Pinch-hitter Bailey Lamb came through with a base hit to score one run, then as Beversluis went into third base, Frazer's throw from the plate went into left field, scoring Beversluis to cut the Indians lead to 5-4.

There were still no outs in the inning, and Lamb was on second base. But Ballard got tough. He got pinch-hitter Tyler Skufca to pop up, and then Ian DeMarse and Jeff Lyle both hit ground balls to end the threat, with Gladstone still in the lead.

Austin Young relieved Falish on the mound in the bottom of the sixth and retired the Indians in order. Then came the wild top mof the seventh. Young led off with a single and then he stole second. Kleiman drew a walk to put two men on, ending Ballard's night on the mound and bringing in the freshman, Jurek.

"I'm not really good at coming in to save games," Jurek said. "I proved that in Iron Mountain when I blew a game against Esky (when he was younger). When Coach handed me the ball, I made sure that he knew that I hated him. Haha."


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Bailey Lamb RBI Pinch-Hit for the Eskymos
Ballard won his second pitching decision of the season, tossing six innings, scattering five hits and allowing all four runs (only two were earned). Jurek got the save by getting the final three outs.

Falish took yet another tough loss on the mound for the Eskymos. He allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings. Schwalbach says a few "little things" did Falish in.

"We knew that Dave was gonna throw a lot of curveballs," Jim Groleau said. "So we told the kids to keep the hands back, keep the weight back, and just punch the ball."

Falish scores as Frazer goes for the ball.
The win was emotional for the Indians, playing for the first time without senior Peyton Jurek, who blew out his knee in Sunday's game against Channing. Jurek underwent surgery on Tuesday, and he is still holding out hope of returning before the Legion season ends in July.

Colin O'Neal was out with a thumb injury, and Matt Weyers and Paul Tomaszewski were both gone because they are still in college.

"It's a nice way to start the season," Jim Groleau said.

Schwalbach said that DeHaan felt bad about the way the game ended.

"I asked him 'how much do you get paid to play?" Schwalbach said. "There are guys who are paid to play who strike out with runners on second and third. And I put Alex in a bad spot there. Maybe I should have let Cam bat."

And the game itself was a repeat for the Eskymos: another close loss.

"When you get in the one and two run games like this, you've got to make plays," Schwalbach said. "Ben (Kleiman) missed a bunt. We had the squeeze on and Dave missed it and it went foul. Those are the little things. You've got to get the bunts down and move the base-runners. They made the plays, and we didn't. Hats off to Gladstone."


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Justin Jurek Interview
Gladstone (3-0) travels to Menominee for a doubleheader on Saturday. Escanaba (12-7) is back in action on Thursday with a road trip to Marquette.

The Eskym0-Redmen game starts at 5:30 and will be broadcast live on WCHT-AM (600), and rrnsports.com.

Click the above thumbnails in the "ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS" box to see photos and videos from the game, courtesy of Holly Bockman. You can also listen to the radio replays of several plays by clicking those buttons.









Choose team:
Date Time Opponent Score Record
5/2
6:30 PM
Marquette Redmen
11 - 1 (W)
1-0
5/6
1:00 PM
Channing Railroaders
10 - 0 (W)
2-0
5/9
7:30 PM
Escanaba Eskymos
5 - 4 (W)
3-0
5/12
1:00 PM
at Menominee Red Wave Legion
3 - 2 (W)
4-0
5/12
3:30 PM
at Menominee Red Wave Legion
15 - 3 (W)
5-0
5/14
6:30 PM
at Marquette Redmen
3 - 2 (W)
6-0
5/18
6:30 PM
at Ishpeming Blue Storm
10 - 1 (W)
7-0
5/19
12:00 PM
at Channing Railroaders
12 - 2 (W)
8-0
5/19
2:30 PM
at Channing Railroaders
9 - 1 (W)
9-0
5/22
6:30 PM
at Marquette Blues
2 - 5 (L)
9-1
5/29
6:30 PM
Ishpeming Blue Storm
4 - 0 (W)
10-1
5/30
6:00 PM
at Escanaba Eskymos
4 - 3 (W)
11-1
6/3
4:00 PM
Iron Mountain Golds
7 - 0 (W)
12-1 For.
6/3
6:30 PM
Iron Mountain Golds
7 - 0 (W)
13-1 For.
6/5
6:30 PM
at Iron Mountain Golds
10 - 5 (W)
14-1
6/6
7:00 PM
Menominee Red Wave Legion
5 - 4 (W)
15-1
6/9
1:00 PM
Oconto Falls Legion
7 - 10 (L)
15-2
6/9
3:30 PM
Oconto Falls Legion
12 - 2 (W)
16-2
6/12
6:30 PM
Kingsford Legion Blues
4 - 3 (W)
17-2
6/14
6:30 PM
Marquette Blues
3 - 0 (W)
18-2
6/17
1:00 PM
at Kingsford Legion Blues
11 - 2 (W)
19-2
6/17
3:30 PM
at Kingsford Legion Blues
11 - 6 (W)
20-2
6/20
6:30 PM
Channing Railroaders
8 - 2 (W)
21-2
6/22
5:30 PM
Eastern U.P. Travelers
5 - 4 (W)
22-2
6/22
8:00 PM
Ash-Port, Wis.
1 - 11 (L)
22-3
6/23
12:45 PM
Midland Berryhill
2 - 10 (L)
22-4
6/23
5:15 PM
Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario) Black Sox
11 - 6 (W)
23-4
6/24
11:30 AM
DePere Panthers
5 - 6 (L)
23-5
6/28
6:30 PM
at Ash-Port, Wis.
1 - 13 (L)
23-6
6/29
1:30 PM
at Neenah, Wis.
3 - 7 (L)
23-7
6/30
11:00 AM
at Hortonville, Wis.
11 - 4 (W)
24-7
7/5
6:30 PM
Channing Railroaders
10 - 0 (W)
25-7
7/8
4:00 AM
Iron Mountain Golds
1 - 0 (W)
26-7for
7/8
12:00 PM
Hancock Legion
6 - 2 (W)
27-7
7/8
2:30 PM
Hancock Legion
8 - 3 (W)
28-7
7/10
5:30 PM
Negaunee Diamonds
16 - 0 (W)
29-7
7/10
8:00 PM
Negaunee Diamonds
12 - 4 (W)
30-7
7/12
6:30 PM
Kingsford Legion Blues
8 - 2 (W)
31-7
7/14
3:00 PM
Iron Mountain Golds
7 - 0 (W)
32-7
7/14
8:00 PM
Channing Railroaders
14 - 0 (W)
33-7
7/15
1:00 PM
at Marquette Blues
3 - 5 (L)
33-8
7/19
8:00 PM
at Escanaba Cubs
3 - 0 (W)
34-8
7/21
12:00 PM
Eastern U.P. Travelers
6 - 5 (W)
35-8
7/21
2:30 PM
Eastern U.P. Travelers
0 - 16 (L)
35-9
7/26
3:00 PM
Hancock Legion
9 - 6 (W)
36-9
7/27
9:00 AM
Kingsford Legion Blues
9 - 7 (W)
37-9
7/27
3:00 PM
Channing Railroaders
14 - 4 (W)
38-9
7/28
10:30 AM
Escanaba Cubs
6 - 7 (L)
38-10
8/2
10:30 AM
Hudson Legion
11 - 13 (L)
38-11
8/3
10:00 AM
Menominee Red Wave Legion
6 - 7 (L)
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2012 GLADSTONE INDIANS STATISTICS (42 Games)
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
2012 FINAL ESKYMO BASEBALL STATS
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
District Champs! Eskymos Finally Put It Together
Monday June 4, 2012
Eskymo District Playoff Games Rained Out In Soo
Saturday June 2, 2012
Weyers Complete Game Leads Tribe Past Eskymos
Thursday May 31, 2012
Gladstone Indians Beat Rain Storm, Blue Storm
Tuesday May 29, 2012
Eskymos Drop Two Of Three In Sault Ste. Marie
Sunday May 27, 2012
Eskymos Top Miners Under Gale Force Winds, 15-8
Thursday May 24, 2012
Indians Drop First Game Of Season In Marquette
Tuesday May 22, 2012
Eskymos Rally To Salvage Third Place In Tourney
Saturday May 19, 2012
Indians Whip Channing Twice; Stay Undefeated
Saturday May 19, 2012
Gladstone Indians Whip Ishpeming; Now 7-0
Friday May 18, 2012
Falish, Skufca Lead Eskymos To Victory
Friday May 18, 2012
Errors Costly Again As Eskymos Blow Late Lead
Thursday May 17, 2012
Mercy Killing: Eskymos Finish Zero-For-Wisconsin
Tuesday May 15, 2012
Indians Squeeze Past Redmen To Stay Unbeaten
Monday May 14, 2012
Eskymos Sweep Mistake-Prone Sault Blue Devils
Saturday May 12, 2012
Indians Now 5-0 After DH Sweep In Menominee
Saturday May 12, 2012
Eskymos Overcome Mistakes; Win In Marquette
Thursday May 10, 2012
Indians Beat Channing; Jurek Suffers Knee Injury
Sunday May 6, 2012
DeHaan, Kleiman Lead Eskymos To Tourney Sweep
Sunday May 6, 2012
Eskymos Start Fast But Fall Again In Wisconsin 6-5
Friday May 4, 2012
Indians Open Season With Win Over Marquette HS
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
Eskymos Beat Saginaw; Nearly Topple Mt. Pleasant
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
Eskymo Baseball, Softball Teams Start Practice
Friday March 16, 2012