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Glads crush the ball at Astoria

The Gladiators rattle their bats for 14 hits in an 11-4 victory

ASTORIA - Gladstone High diamondmen fired up their bats and earned a decisive 11-4 win over Astoria in their March 12 season opener.

The Gladiators scored runs in six different innings as they rattled their bats for no fewer than 14 hits.

'I was pretty pleased,' said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. 'We swung our bats pretty well for a first game.'

Brett Holte and Bubba Armstrong headed the offensive barrage. Holte (3-for-4) pounded out two doubles, driving in five runs; Armstrong (3-for-4) smacked a pair of doubles.

Drew McNall (triple), Taylor Taft and Casey Young (triple) added two hits apiece.

Armstrong and Drew McNall teamed up to get the job done on the mound. Armstrong pitched the first four frames and picked up the win, striking out seven while yielding four hits and just one earned run.

McNall finished up, striking out one, while allowing two hits and no earned runs.

The Glads are missing three starters as they begin Capital Conference play this week. Outfielders Brady Regier, Trey Durkee and utility player Eric Johnson are all away on an East Coast trip.

The Gladiators host Estacada today and they play at Stayton on Friday.