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After serious buffoonery at Madras, Gladiators put their soccer shoes away


Gladstone gets it together, after committing eight errors in an 11-1 loss

Gladstone High School baseball coach Clark Webster is hopeful that his Gladiators have put their soccer shoes away — for good.

After kicking the ball around and committing eight errors in an 11-1 five-inning loss at Madras on April 10, the Gladiators played three games last Friday and Saturday and committed just one error in the three games combined.

“We had some serious buffoonery on Wednesday [April 10],” Webster said. “When we got off the bus at Madras, we weren’t ready to play....

“They came back focussed and ready to play on Friday. They played to their capabilities, and it was nice to see. Consistency, that’s our next step.”

Only five of Madras’ 11 runs were earned in the April 10 abbreviated game at Madras. Trask Telesmanich pitched all five innings in the loss, striking out four and walking no one.

“We got ground balls, but we kicked them. We couldn’t field them and make the play,” Webster said.

Ty Breshears (2-for-3, double) led the Gladiators at the plate, with two of their six hits in the 11-1 loss.

The Gladiators met Madras again on Friday, and it was like night and day. Breshears (3 strikeouts, no walks) pitched six innings of two-hit ball, while the Gladiators reached Madras pitchers for 10 hits. And Gladstone defenders committed just one error.

Zach Webster (3-for-4, double, 3 RBI) and Ben Fox (3-for-4, double, 3 RBI) were “big sticks” for the Gladiators.

Gladstone put Madras away in the third inning, scoring five runs on base hits by Ben Hunter, Webster and Fox, a walk, a hit batter, and two Madras errors.

The Gladiators played Tillamook in a nonleague doubleheader on Saturday and split with the Cheesemakers, winning the second game 12-2 in five innings, after bowing 5-1 in the opener. They played error-free defense in both games, but their bats were silent (3 hits) in the first game.

“We hit the ball, but we hit it right at people,” Webster said.

The Gladiators stung the ball for 11 hits in the 5-inning nightcap. Breshears (3-for-4, double, 2 runs), Telesmanich (2-for-2, 2 RBI) and Dalton Moe (2-for-2, double, 2 RBI) headed up the offense.

Austin Krieger and Kyle Betnar pitched, striking out three, walking five and allowing just four hits.

Coach Webster had praise for Telesmanich for his play on defense.

“Trask did a great job at third base, knocking down balls and making the play at first for outs,” Webster said.

Gladstone (6-5, 3-1) entertains North Marion (8-5, 4-0) this Thursday, and the Gladiators play host to La Salle (9-5, 2-2) next Monday.