Gladstone High School’s Junior State Division I baseball team continued impressive in recent play, going 4-2 in games played between June 27 and July 6.

The Gladiators defeated Hood River 5-0, Wilson 17-4, Milwaukie 19-2 and North Marion 7-4. The recent losses were in close games with Scappoose (3-1) and St. Helens (6-5).

“I’m pretty pleased with the way the guys are swinging the bats,” said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. “I’m just really pleased with the way the guys are playing. Even in the loss [to St. Helens]. They were behind 6-1, but they battled back, and they had a chance to win it.”

Sophomore-to-be Devon Neer (2 strikeouts, 2 walks) starred in the 5-0 shutout of Hood River, scattering four hits in his first complete game of the summer.

“He threw only 66 pitches,” said Webster. “His curve and slider were both working.”

The Gladiators rattled their bats for 16 hits in the 17-4 rout of Wilson. Junior-to-be Austin Krieger pitched a complete game, striking out four and walking two, while giving up seven hits.

Seniors-to-be Mitchell Foeller (4-for-4, 3 RBI) and Chris Toh (2-for-4, triple, 4 RBI) and junior-to-be Ben Fox (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 3 runs) headed the offensive fireworks in the 19-2 win over Milwaukie, as the Gladiators hammered out 19 hits in the five-inning game.

Junior-to-be Trask Telesmanich, Toh and Krieger had two hits apiece to lead a 10-hit attack in last Saturday’s 7-4 win over North Marion.

Trey DePretto had only one hit in the North Marion game, but it was a big one. With Gladstone trailing 3-2, DePretto hammered a bases’ clearing double in the top of the sixth to put Gladstone on top for good. Fox went 3-for-3 at the plate in the loss to Scappoose. Sophomore-to-be Andrew Gross (two doubles), Loehr, Fox and Toh had two hits apiece in the loss to St. Helens.

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