But they bounce back with routs of Estacada, Stayton

GLADSTONE - It was an up-and-down week for Gladstone's baseball team last week.

The Gladiators (4-2, 2-1) began the week with a disappointing 3-2 loss to North Marion, but they bounced back to top Estacada 12-3 and Stayton 16-1.

'We didn't have any offense going,' Gladstone coach Casey Webster said of the North Marion game. 'We struck out in critical situations.'

The Gladiators got out-hit 9-4, but they still made a game of it. Only one North Marion run was earned, and the Gladiators had runners on second and third when the game ended.

Gladstone starter Bill West picked up the loss. He struck out 10 batters in 5-2/3 innings of work.

The Gladiators had their game faces on in the Estacada game. Ten different Gladiators combined for 17 hits and reliever Alex Armstrong struck out 14 batters in 5-2/3 innings of no-hit pitching.

Kyle Mudd went 3-for-4 at the plate, with two doubles and three RBI; Joe Kociemba (2-for-4) had a solo home run. Brady Regier (2-for-4), Billy West (2-for-4) and Thane Rice (2-for-4) also hit doubles.

The Gladiators put the game away with a seven-run fourth inning.

Friday's game with Stayton was a blowout from the start. The Gladiators put 10 runs on the scoreboard in the first two innings of the five-inning game.

Every starter got a hit, as the Glads hammered the ball for 17 hits.

Eric McCartney (4-for-4, one double, three RBI) and Donny LaBar (3-for-4, one double, two RBI) headed the hit parade. Kociemba, Rice, Taylor Taft and Mitch Foteff also had extra-base hits.

Kociemba pitched, striking out seven, walking two and scattering five hits.

The Gladiators are in California this week for three games and a visit to Disneyland. They return home Saturday when they host Bend in a doubleheader, scheduled to start at noon.

The Glads return to league action next Wednesday, when they meet cross-town rival La Salle on the road.

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