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Telesmanich, Breshears and Krieger are tough on the mound

Gladstone High School’s baseball program is without seven graduates who earned Tri-Valley Conference all-league recognition a year ago. So the Gladiators have been a work in progress this spring.

“Our defense has been good and I think we’ll be okay at pitcher,” Gladstone coach Clark Webster said, after the Gladiators had gone 0-2-1 in their first three games. “But we’ve struggled at the plate. We need to improve our hitting.”

The Gladiators got both good pitching and good hitting and they played exceptional defense last Thursday and Friday, as they put two games in the win column, dispatching with Stayton 10-0 and Banks 11-1. Both games were called after five innings through the 10-run rule.

“We’re finally starting to swing the bats,” Webster said on Saturday. “We’ve become more aggressive at the plate, getting hits with guys on base.”

The Gladiators stung the ball for 10 hits in Thursday’s shutout of Stayton and for 11 hits in Friday’s shutout of Banks.

Sophomore right-hander Trask Telesmanich was sharp in the rout of the Eagles, striking out four batters and walking one in a one-hitter. Stayton got its only hit with one down in the top of the fifth. The batter advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on a rare Gladstone error. Telesmanich then got out of the inning, inducing a flyout to Ben Fox in centerfield, and striking out the final batter.

“Trask pitched well,” Webster said. “He was in command of his pitches and he was ahead of the batters. He didn’t pitch like a sophomore. I think he’s going to be one of our better pitchers.”

Senior left-hander Ty Breshears was sharp in the shellacking of Banks, striking out eight and walking three in a two-hitter, while allowing just one earned run. He was supported by error-free defensive play in the five-inning game.

“Ty was fantastic,” Webster said. “He kept the ball down, hit his spots and was ahead of the batters a lot. He threw 81 pitches and 48 of them were strikes.”

Senior catcher Zach Webster was tough at the plate in the two games, going 2-for-3 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored against Stayton, and going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored against Banks. His two-run double in the bottom of the fifth put the Gladiators up 10-0 and ended the game with the Eagles; and he had a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to end the game with the Braves.

Junior A.J. Swalko (2-for-3, two-run double, 3 RBI) and sophomore Ben Fox (2-for-3, 2 runs) also hit well against the Eagles.

Seniors Ben Hunter (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 runs) and Dalton Moe (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 3 runs) had their bats working in Friday’s game with the Braves.

In earlier games, the Gladiators got out-hit 8-3 in a 6-3 loss to Madison; they got out-hit 7-1 in a 6-4 March 15 loss to Banks; and they had five hits in a 3-3 tie with Seaside, a game that was called after eight innings because of a time limit. Junior designated hitter Chris Toh (2-for-4) led a five-hit attack in the standoff with Seaside.

Krieger, a sophomore left-hander, pitched well against the Seagulls, allowing just four hits and two earned runs, while striking out three, in eight full innings of work.

Webster said that he believes he has several capable pitchers, led by Krieger, Breshears and Telesmanich.

Breshears (outfield) and classmates Moe (outfield), Zach Webster (catcher), Kyle Betnar (first base), Hunter (second base) and Robert Staehle (third base) have been starting for the Gladiators, along with Swalko (shortstop) and Fox (centerfield).

And Webster says that Telesmanich has been effective filling in for other players on the field, when they take to the mound.

Zach Webster and Breshears both received all-league recognition for their position play last year.

Moe, who started as a sophomore, returns to baseball after excelling as a sprinter in track last season.

“He’s made our outfield better,” coach Webster said of Moe. “He’s got good speed, and it helps on the bases and on defense. He’s already run down several fly balls.”

The Gladiators host Tillamook in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. this Thursday. They begin Tri-Valley Conference play on Tuesday, April 2, when they entertain Estacada.

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