The Glads put Friday's Tri-Valley Conference opener away in the first inning when they scored 12 runs on six hits, five errors

PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Gladstone's Ben McCoy pitched five innings and scattered seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in Friday's 16-2 Tri-Valley Conference baseball blowout win over Corbett.Gladstone's Ben McCoy went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and Derek Lee, Matthew Lehrbach, and Tyler Meyers added two hits each , leading the Gladiators to a 16-2 blowout win over Corbett in Friday's Tri-Valley Conference baseball opener at Gladstone High School.

The Gladiators (5-5, 1-0 Tri-Valley) took any suspense out of the game in the first inning when they sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs on six hits, one walk, and five Corbett errors.

Gladstone added three runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth to extend the lead to 16-0.

"This is the type of game that scares me in a lot of ways, because it's a game that if you have more talent, you should win," Gladiators coach Casey Webster said. "What's scary is sometimes your players take it for granted and sometimes they aren't ready to play.

"I made sure before the game that they got my message loud and clear. I let it be know that, 'Make sure you're ready to go.' They listened and they were ready and they had a good first inning, which was nice."

McCoy, the senior right-hander, drew the start on the mound and took a four-hit shutout into the fifth when the Cardinals (0-6, 0-1) scored two runs on a single, a walk, and Preston Horvath's one-out double to left.

McCoy then retired the next two batters on a groundout and a strikeout, bringing the game to an end before the start of the sixth inning.

"I pitched well, but it definitely could have been better," said McCoy, who scattered seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. "I gave away quite a few fastballs right at the belt and gave up some hits that if I had been on my a little bit more I probably could have kept away from. But still, overall, it was a good night.

"To me, a shutout shouldn't be an expectation, but it's definitely something that I strive for every game. It's a goal that I like to meet, but if I don't, I can't be too disappointed because runs just happen."

Corbett starter Cameron Johnson pitched four innings and surrendered 16 runs (three earned) on 13 hits and three walks.

"It comes down to preparedness and being ready to play," Cardinals coach Josh Delafield said. "And if you commit four or five errors in a single inning, you're not going to win any ballgames, anyway.

"Without the errors in the first inning, that's a 5-2 ballgame against a team that's probably a better team athletically than we are. So, a 5-2 game … in that situation, that's fine. Throw that first inning away and we're still playing."

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