Gladstone rolls North Bend 12-3, advances to 4A baseball quarterfinals
Gladstone's Jackson Simmons went 3 for 3 with an RBI and scored three runs, leading the Gladiators to a 12-5 home win over North Bend in Friday's OSAA Class 4A baseball quarterfinals at Gladstone High School.
Gladstone starter Derek Lee pitched six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts, helping lift the No. 4 Gladiators (20-8) into Tuesday's semifinals against No. 8 Junction City, an 11-8 winner over top-ranked Henley on Friday.
Matthew Lehrbach and Tyler Meyers added two hits each for the Gladiators, who scored a run in the first inning, four in the second, four in the third, and two in the fourth to jump out to a commanding 11-2 lead.
Damian Alvarado scored the game's first run when he drew a leadoff walk from North Bend starter August Baker, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a balk, and came home on a single by Lehrbach.
In the second, the Gladiators sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs on five hits and a walk. Austin Conner capped the big inning with a single to right that scored Meyers and pushed the lead to 5-0.
After North Bend scored two in the third, Gladstone came back in the home half of the inning and scored four runs on three hits, a walk, a hit by pitch, and a sacrifice fly. Lee had the key blow with a two-out double to right that score Lehrbach to make it 9-2.
In the fourth, the Gladiators loaded the bases on three consecutive one-out walks and then got an RBI-single from Meyers and a sacrifice fly from Alvarado that extended the lead to 11-2.
Gladstone's final run came in the sixth when Simmons singled with one out and pinch-runner J.P. Peterson came around to score on Jake Gehrke's groundout to second base.
North Bend loaded the bases with none out before Gladstone's Wesley Haverland came on in relief of Lee. The Bulldogs pushed home three runs on a hit, a Gladstone error, and a sacrifice fly before Haverland retired Coleman Compton on a game-ending flyout to left.