They bounce back from a 2-1 loss with a 6-5 come-from-behind barnburner
Gladstone High School diamondmen split in last weeks Tri-Valley Conference openers with Estacada, winning a 6-5 barnburner from the Rangers in an April 9 home game, after dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker at Estacada earlier in the week.
Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Gladiators scored runs in each of the final three innings to pull out the 6-5 win. The Gladiators outhit the Rangers 10-5 in that game, but three errors proved costly, leading to two unearned runs.
The Glads got two runs back in the fifth and narrowed the gap to 5-4, scoring on a hit batter, a balk, a fielders choice, singles by Logan Saltares (2-for-3, RBI-double, 2 runs scored) and Mitchell Foeller (3-for-4), and a Ranger error.
And the Gladiators tied it up in the sixth. Ben Fox (2-for-4) singled, moved all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by A.J. Swalko, and scored on a ground ball to shortstop by Andrew Gross.
The Rangers threatened in the top of the seventh, advancing runners to second and third with two down on an error, a walk and a passed ball. Swalko then entered in relief and squelched the fire, walking a batter, but then ending Estacadas half of the inning with a strikeout.
Austin Krieger led off Gladstones half of the seventh with a base hit. Pinch runner Tyrus Coady moved to third on a sacrifice by Saltares and a base hit by Foeller, and Coady scored with two down when a ground ball by Chris Toh got by Estacadas first baseman.
Krieger pitched the first 4-1/3 innings, giving up five hits, while striking out two and walking two. Cody Swenson (5 strikeouts, 2 walks, no hits) pitched 3-1/3 inning of shutout ball in relief, before handing the ball over to Swalko for the Rangers last out.
The Rangers jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning on a run-scoring double by Kordell McPherson and a two-run home run by Brandon Beck.
Miscues proved costly in the 2-1 loss at Estacada. The Rangers scored one run with two down in the bottom of the fifth on a hit batsman, catcher interference and a base hit up the middle.
And they brought the game-winner around with two down in the sixth, on a hit batter, a base hit, a fielders choice and an infield fielding error.
Trask Telesmanich pitched in the losing effort, striking out three, scattering five hits, and allowing no earned runs.
Gladstone (8-4, 1-1) entertains Madras (4-8, 0-2) today at 5 p.m., and the Gladiators host North Marion (12-1, 2-0) at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.