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Gladiators swing their bats

Gladstone High School diamondmen have been struggling to win ball games in OIBA summer baseball, but the Gladiators have been swinging their bats.

In games played last week, they out-hit Sherwood 10-6 in an 11-1 loss and they out-hit North Marion 14-13 in a 12-11 loss.

Freshman centerfielder A.J. Swalko and junior shortstop Trace Webster hit up a storm in last week's games.

Swalko went 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and scored four times in the North Marion game, and he picked up a pair of hits in the loss to Sherwood.

Webster went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI in the North Marion game, and he had three hits against Sherwood.

Junior Justin Layton and sophomore Kyle Betnar had two hits apiece in the North Marion game; junior Casey Rourke (2-for-3) had a pair of singles against Sherwood.

Gladstone pitchers had trouble finding the plate in last Friday's game with the Bowmen, as they issued eight free passes.

Gladstone coach Casey Webster said he was pleased with the pitching performance of Dakota Braun in the loss to North Marion. The junior left-hander had two strikeouts and two walks, while yielding seven hits and five earned runs in five innings of work.

'Dakota did pretty good for his first start of the summer,' said Webster.

The Huskies won the game in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs on four hits and a fielder's choice.

In other games this summer, Gladstone (1-4) defeated Aloha 14-7, but lost to Oregon City 7-3 and to West Linn 4-2. Trace Webster hit his second home run of the summer in the loss to Oregon City.

The Gladiators meet Rex Putnam at 6 p.m. Thursday at Alder Creek Middle School; they play Wilson in a nine-inning game at Wilson at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.