Prep softball: Eskymos end the year in style

ESCANABA – It’s a great day to be an Escanaba Eskymo.

Wednesday night, Codi Jenshak received the Pfotenhauer-Gessner award and Braedyn Bosilovatz earned the Catherine Smith award. Thursday, their team played their final regular season home game that concluded with a sweep of the Marquette Redettes.

Both games ended via mercy rule, as Escanaba rolled to 13-3 and 12-2 victories.

“The conditions were right,” said Eskymos coach John LaMarch. “We were at home, and Marquette made a few mistakes and we capitalized. The rest is history.”

Game one was a 1-1 stalemate heading into the bottom of the fourth, but that would change quickly. Bosilovatz came up to bat with the bases loaded, and absolutely crushed a grand slam home run that flew about 20 feet past the fence near center field.

“I thought it was great,” LaMarch said. “She’s been working hard to improve her swing, and anytime something good like that happens, it can be a take off for bigger and better things down the road.”

For Bosilovatz, it was just her second career home run, and first ever grand slam. But it couldn’t have come on a more appropriate day.

“I was angry, because I was kind of in a slump,” she said. “The bases were loaded, but I wasn’t thinking about that. I swung and it was just this really nice pitch to the outside that hit right on the end of the bat, and it just went. It’s been a really good week.”

The Eskymos finished the third up 6-1, and then put up another five runs in the fourth. Jenshak knocked in two runs on a single and Brianna Belanger followed it with an RBI double to boost the lead to 11-3.

Escanaba mercied Marquette in the fifth when Emily Bogaudo smashed an RBI double of her own. Then, of all people, Bosilovatz came up to drive in the game-winning run.

“I’m so proud of her,” Jenshak said. “And to do this in her senior year in the last regular season game, it’s great.”

Jenshak got the win on the mound, giving up just three runs on five hits. She had one strikeout and two walks. Escanaba had 10 hits; Bogaudo and Kylie Forvilly both had three apiece.

Game two picked up right where game one ended, and Escanaba put up five runs in the first inning. However, they didn’t put Marquette away until the bottom of the fourth. Jenshak hit another two-RBI single, followed by a base hit from Bosilovatz and an RBI double by Nicole Juhl that bounced all the way to the fence. Juhl’s hit knocked in two more runs to give Esky an 11-1 lead.

Karlee Huuki kept the Redettes alive with an RBI single in the fifth, but it was short-lived. Bogaudo got yet another base hit, then rounded the bases on steals. A wild pitch allowed her to make the trip home and earn the win.

“It was quite a way to end it, here, at home,” Jenshak added. “It was a good run.”

Marquette coach Paul Seibert said he wasn’t disappointed with his team’s hitting, because they went up against two very good pitchers today and Escanaba’s defense really stepped up.

“I don’t know what it is about Esky this year,” Seibert said. “We beat them in the dome, and every game since we’ve had two terrible innings every single game. I don’t know if they’ve got a voodoo doll of us or what.”

Jaymie Frappier got the win in game two, and Bogaudo had another three-hit outing.

Marquette (16-11) resumes today at Superior Central, while Escanaba (14-7) is idle until Tuesday when they head to Cheboygan to open district play.