Gladstone coeds 10-run St. Mary's and La Salle

Last week was a good one for Gladstone's softball team.

The Gladiators blanked Class 6A St. Mary's 15-0 on March 31 and they bounced La Salle 10-0 in a Capital Conference game played April 2.

Jillian Marl was at the top of her game in the shutout at La Salle. The crafty junior right-hander pitched a one-hitter, striking out 13 and walking three.

Marissa Cereghino singled up the middle in the first inning of the six-inning contest, and the Falcons went hitless the rest of the way.

The Falcons never threatened to score, thanks to the efforts of Marl and Gladstone catcher Tamara Feb. Feb, who has been slowed by an injury, proved she still has her stuff, gunning down a runner stealing second and picking off another base runner at first.

The Gladiators also had a good day at the plate, as they rattled their bats for nine hits. Still, it wasn't until the fifth inning that they put six runs on the scoreboard to put the Falcons away.

Elise Breashears rapped a double and Brittany Kauffman and Feb had a run-scoring base hits in the big inning.

Kauffman (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored), Bailie Foxworthy (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Moriah Spreeman (2 RBI) headed the Gladiator offensive effort.

Marl and Brittany Wagner shared pitching duties in the rout of St. Mary's with Wagner carrying most of the load. The senior hurler fanned eight batters, scattered three hits and issued no free passes in 4-2/3 innings of work.

Meanwhile the Gladiators fired up their bats offensively, with 10 different players making contact for hits.

Feb (2-for-4, 4 RBI) headed the offensive fireworks. Cayla Dean and Corissa Santos both hit doubles in the five-inning game.

The Glads put 10 runs on the scoreboard in the first inning, when they strung together seven hits with two walks and an error. Feb picked up all four of her RBI in the inning, rapping a two-run double and a two-run base hit.

A conference game scheduled Friday with Cascade was rained out.

In upcoming games, the Gladiators (5-2, 2-2) play at ninth-ranked North Marion (7-0, 4-0) this afternoon, and they host Estacada (4-6, 1-4) on Friday.

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