Gladstone hardballers sweep Madras, 6-4 and 4-2

It wasn't very pretty. But Gladstone High School hardballers put two more games in the win column last week, defeating the Madras White Buffaloes twice, 6-4 and 4-2.

All four Madras runs were unearned in the April 15 6-4 Gladiator win at Madras; and Madras had only one earned run in last Friday's 4-2 Gladiator home win over the White Buffaloes.

Gladstone committed seven errors in the two games.

It wasn't until the top of the seventh that the Gladiators pushed the winning runs across at Madras.

With his team leading 4-2, Trask Telesmanich got things started in the seventh with a one-out base-on-balls. Telesmanich stole second, and then scored what would prove the game-winner on a double to left by Chris Toh. Mitchell Foeller followed with a two-out single, plating Toh for an insurance tally.

Madras had the tying run at the plate when the game ended. The White Buffaloes pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh on two singles, a Gladstone error and a two-run triple. Foeller hauled down a fly ball in right field — with a runner on third — to end the game.

Foeller (2-for-4) and Ben Fox (2-for-3) headed up a Gladstone offensive attack that saw the Gladiators put the ball in play for 10 hits.

“We left a lot of guys on base,” said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. “We left the bases loaded twice. We struggled to get timely hits, but the kids battled. And Trask [Telesmanich] pitched another great game.”

Telesmanich recorded six strikeouts, walked a batter, and yielded nine hits.

For the season, Telesmanich sports a 2-2 record, with a 0.45 ERA and 27 strikeouts and four walks allowed in 30-2/3 innings.

The Gladiators got only five hits and they had to come from behind on Friday.

Trailing 2-0, the Gladiators put two runs on the scoreboard in the fifth frame on singles by Fox, Telesmanich, Toh and A.J. Swalko, and one Madras error.

They added two more runs in the sixth. Trey DePretto and Fox both reached as hit batsmen. Pinch runner Daniel Contreras scored the game-winner when Swalko reached on a ground ball that got by Madras' shortstop. Fox added an insurance tally, scoring on a wild pitch.

Swalko, pitching in relief of Cody Swenson, made it three-up and three-down in the top of the seventh. Swenson (3 strikeouts, 2 walks) gave up only two hits in 4-1/3 innings of work.

Gladstone (10-4, 3-1) plays defending TVC champion North Marion (12-2, 2-1) on the road this Thursday. The Gladiators battle La Salle (8-2, 3-0) at La Salle next Monday.

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