A soccer-fest for Gladstone
BOISE, Idaho - Bitter cold led to numerous errors, and Gladstone High School hardballers won only one of four games played in a 30-team spring break tournament hosted by Boise, Idaho.
The Gladiators committed 14 errors in the four games, as they defeated Highland of Pasco, Wash. 13-4, after dropping tournament games to Boise (7-2), Emmett, Idaho (10-9 in nine innings) and Pendleton (7-6).
'The weather had something to do with it,' said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. 'It was bitter cold. It was in the low 30's and the wind was blowing hard. Our kids' arms were sore and it was hard to throw straight.'
Besides the cold, the Gladiators were shorthanded, with regulars Brady Regier (centerfield), Trey Durkee (outfield) and Eric Johnson (utility) away on an educational trip to the East Coast.
Still the Gladiators were impressive in Saturday's final game, their 13-4 win over Highland. They committed three errors in that game, but they made up for the miscues at the plate, pounding out 16 hits.
Brett Holte led the hit parade with three hits in four at bats.
Bubba Armstrong also had a big day, driving in three runs with a triple and a double.
Drew McNall (2 RBI), Mason Larkins (double) and Tyler Smith (2 RBI) had two hits apiece.
McNall pitched the first six frames, striking out six batters while allowing just one earned run.
The Gladiators dropped two close games on Friday, losing 10-9 to Emmett and 7-6 to Pendleton.
The game with Emmett was a soccer-fest, with players from both teams booting the ball around. The two teams combined for 11 errors and there were nine unearned runs in the game.
The Gladiators battled from behind to tie things up with four runs in the top of the seventh. But Emmett scored a single tally in the bottom of the ninth to claim the win.
Larkins had a two-run triple in the losing effort. Casey Young (2-for-3, 3 RBI) was the only Gladiator to make contact for two hits.
Pendleton scored a single tally on a seventh inning, two-out base hit to earn its winning edge.
Armstrong, Larkins and Nick Herman had extra-base hits in the losing effort.
Armstrong pitched a strong game in the 7-2 loss to Boise. He pitched the first five innings, striking out six, while allowing just three earned runs.
The Gladiators (4-4, 2-0) return to Capital Conference play this week. They entertain La Salle (1-5, 0-1) this afternoon and they entertain Cascade (4-5, 1-1) on Friday.