They win three of four in a weekend tournament at Estacada
Gladstone's Junior State Baseball team got two strong performances from its pitchers on June 14, as the Gladiators swept a doubleheader from Franklin, 12-0 and 3-0.
Sophomore left-hander Austin Krieger was at the top of his game in the opener, as he pitched a no-hitter. Krieger struck out nine and walked three in five innings.
The Quakers never threatened. They advanced a runner to second base in the first inning, but Krieger struck out the next two batters.
'He kept the ball down, moved it in and out and changed speeds real well,' said Gladstone coach Clark Webster.
A.J. Swalko (2-for-4), Kyler Cavitt (triple) and Mitchell Foeller (double) headed up a seven-hit attack for the Gladiators.
Gladstone put the game away in the fourth inning, taking advantage of six Franklin errors in an eight-run rally.
Cody Swenson and Cavitt were tough on the mound in the nightcap. Swanson pitched the first four innings, striking out three and walking no one. Cavitt came in in relief with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth and retired the side on a popup, a strikeout and a flyout.
'Cody Swenson did a good job for his first time out this summer,' said Webster. 'He had a good breaking ball and cutter.... Kyler Cavitt pitched well in relief.'
The Gladiators had only one hit in the 3-0 win, but they did what they needed to do to push the three runs across.
In the first inning, Ben Fox walked, advanced on a wild pitch and groundout, and scored on a groundout by Zach Webster.
In the second, Cavitt doubled, advanced to third when Jake Jubb and Branden Loehr got hit by pitches, and scored on a groundout by Carter Watts.
In the sixth, Trask Telesmanich walked, advanced on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Franklin's only error.
The Gladiators played error-free defense.
Coach Webster praised Ben Fox for his defensive play in centerfield: 'Ben Fox was all over the place, making plays [in both games]. He's fast, and he gets the job done.'
at Estacada tourney
The Gladiators continued successful over the weekend, winning three of four games and placing fourth in a nine-team, three-day tournament at Estacada.
The Gladiators (6-3) dropped Estacada 7-2 in Sunday's fourth-place final, after routing Gresham 15-1, edging Sandy 5-4, and getting blown out by Sprague (25-0 in five innings) in earlier tournament games.
Gladstone catcher Zach Webster had a big weekend, making 20 putouts, throwing out three baserunners attempting to steal, and batting .615 (8-for-13, 2 doubles) for the four games.
Brothers Kyle and Collin Betnar packed the one-two punch in Sunday's fourth-place game. Kyle, a senior, gave up only one hit in four innings on the mound; Collin, a sophomore outfielder, went 2-for-3 at the plate with a sacrifice fly. Sophomore infielder Branden Loehr went two-for-two at the plate and scored twice in the 5-4 win over Sandy. Junior A.J. Swalko picked up the win, striking out five and allowing just two earned runs in five innings.
Swalko cranked up his bat for four hits in five at bats in the rout of Gresham. Sophomore Trask Telesmanich pitched a complete game.
In other recent games, the Gladiators defeated Estacada 5-1, and they lost to Canby (6-2) and to Milwaukie (3-0).
The Gladiators out-hit Canby 9-8 and they played error-free defense against the Cougars, but they left 10 runners on base.
'We hit the ball okay and we played defense,' Webster said. 'We just didn't get the timely hits.'
The Gladiators return to action tonight at 7, when they host Estacada. They entertain Molalla in a doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.