Railroaders’ 4th sinks Escanaba

ESCANABA – A big fourth inning sparked Channing past Escanaba 12-4 in Wishigan League baseball Wednesday.

The Wishigan League contest was scoreless after three. Channing, taking advantage of four walks and an error, then erupted for 11 runs in the fourth.

“It was a good game through three innings,” said Esky manager Jon Bintner. “Both pitchers were throwing well. Then, it seemed like we couldn’t get anybody out in the fourth. It was just one of those innings which everything went in their favor and nothing went in ours.”

Channing’s Barry Holsworth finished 3-for-3, including a two-run double in the fourth. He also drew three walks, reaching base six times.

“He was definitely their hitting star,” said Bintner. “Barry comes from a big family which has a lot of good ballplayers. His double was kind of a dagger. Otherwise, they really didn’t hit the ball that hard. The walks obviously hurt us and the error with guys on base didn’t help.”

Cody Berg, who pitched the entire game, took the win. He struck out eight, walked four and hit two batters.

Paul Tomaszewski collected three hits for the winless Polecats, who outhit Channing 10-9.

Channing, 7-2, leads the Wishigan, followed by Negaunee Tri-City, 6-2; Marinette, 4-1; Menominee, 4-3; Peshtigo, 3-4; Crivitz, 1-5, and Escanaba, 0-8.

The Railroaders swept Peshtigo, 3-2 and 9-7, in a doubleheader Sunday.

In the opener, Cole Grenier pitched a complete game with six hits allowed, four strikeouts and two walks.

Garth Budek led Channing with a home run in the sixth inning and a single.

“That was a very big home run,” Channing player-manager Barry Holsworth said. “That got us rolling.”

Pitcher Kyle Sexton went the distance in the second game. Sexton also stood out at the plate with three singles, followed by Budek and Bryce Jauquet with two singles each.

“Both were great games of baseball,” Holsworth said.