Gladstone wraps up first Tri-Valley baseball title in four seasons
Gladstone's Derek Lee went 4 for 4 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs as the Gladstone clinched the Tri-Valley Conference baseball title with an 11-0 road win Wednesday over the Molalla Indians.
Damian Alvarado and Matthew Kuhn added two hits each as the Gladiators (16-5, 12-0 Tri-Valley) completed a three-game series sweep against the Indians (7-13, 3-9) and wrapped up their first outright league championship in four seasons.
Lee went the distance on the mound in a game that was called at the end of the fifth inning as he checked Molalla on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
The Gladiators set the tone in the first inning when they nine batters to the plate against Molalla starter Damian Pingo and scored four runs on four hits, a walk, and one Indians' error.
Gladstone added two runs in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and two in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
GLADSTONE 7, MADRAS 1: Matthew Lehrbach and Jackson Simmons had three hits each, and Jake Gehrke added two hits and a pair of RBIs as the Gladiators pushed their winning streak to 16 games with Friday's home win over the White Buffaloes.
Gladstone starter Ben McCoy pitched seven innings, allowed one run on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Damian Alvarado gave the Gladiators a 1-0 in the first inning when he reached on an error, advanced to third on a single by Lehrbach, and then scored on Derek Lee's sacrifice fly to right.
In the third inning, Tyler Meyers reached on another Madras error, stole second, and scored on Lehrbach's RBI-single to right to give Gladstone a 2-0 lead.
The Gladiators tacked on another run in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to break the game open.
McCoy took a three-hit shutout in the sixth when the White Buffaloes scored one run on four hits.