Glads, La Salle duke it out
Gladstone and La Salle continue successful in Junior State Baseball.
Gladstone sported a 10-4 record (4-3 in league) through play June 27; the La Salle Wigwam Sox had gone 9-4 (4-3 in league) in games played through June 27.
The two teams met in two league games last week and split, with La Salle winning the first game 7-1 and Gladstone winning the second, 2-0.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first six innings of Gladstone's 2-0 win, and the game was over in just one hour and 15 minutes.
"It was a great high school baseball game to watch," said La Salle coach Mike Reed. "They made some great plays and we made some great plays. We hit two guys at the wrong time, and that was the difference."
Gladstone scored the game's only runs in the top of the seventh, and the two players who scored both reached as hit batters.
Gladstone sophomore Trask Telesmanich and Gladstone junior Mitchell Foeller both reached in the seventh when they got hit by pitches. They advanced on a sacrifice bunt by junior Reese Cote. With one down, Gladstone sophomore pinch hitter Branden Loehr brought the winning run around with a base hit to right.
Gladiator sophomore Ben Fox reached on the only error of the game, pushing Foeller across, and the Gladiators had their 2-0 winning margin.
Swalko and senior Kyler Cavitt both rapped singles for Gladstone's only other hits.
"I feel good about the win, but it doesn't tell the true picture," said Gladstone coach Clark Webster. "They had some key guys gone. It was a good win and we played well, but come next spring La Salle's going to be the best team around, and we're going to have to step it up another notch to beat them then."
Telesmanich pitched a complete game for Gladstone, striking out four, walking no one, and scattering three hits. Junior Theo Peterson pitched 6-2/3 innings for La Salle, striking out three, walking one, hitting three batters, and allowing just three scattered hits.
"Trask kept the ball down and mixed up his pitches, keeping them off balance," said Webster. "He did a great job."
Timely hitting and Trey Norton's pitching proved the difference in La Salle's 7-1 win over Gladstone. Webster had each team with eight hits.
The Sox took charge of the game early, scoring four runs in the top of the first. Juniors Dane Maben and Austin Vaughn got things started with base hits. Sam Eichhorn followed with a two-run single. Senior Grant Studdard hammered a run-scoring triple, and Sean Hays rapped a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
Norton pitched a complete game, striking out four, while issuing no free passes.
"It was the best game Trey Norton's thrown in two years," said Reed. "He changed speeds, kept the ball down, and he didn't walk or hit anybody."
Vaughn (2-for-4), Eichhorn (2-for-4, double), Grant Studdard (2-for-3) and Hays (2-for-3) led La Salle at the plate.
Cavitt (2-for-3, double) and Mitchell Foeller (2-for-3, double) headed up Gladstone's offense.