Legion baseball: Indians drop Mavericks 8-3

DAGGETT – They were giving away free passes at Daggett Field Monday but only the Gladstone Indians cashed theirs in.

Gladstone took advantage of a eight walks and four errors to stretch its winning streak to four games with an 8-3 win.

Five of the walks turned into runs, while the Mavericks (4-1) were unable to capitalize on 11 walks.

“We gave them way too much,” Mid County coach Dan Koller said. “They’re too good of a team. You can’t get behind hitters because it comes back to bite you.”

The fresh-face Gladstone rotation of freshmen Hunter Garling, sophomore Jake Peterson and seventh-grader Braeden Lamberg stranded 13 runners and allowed just four hits to blunt the stream of walks.

“We’ve got quite a few big games coming up in the next few weeks and we did what we had to do,” Gladstone coach Jim Groleau said. “Hunter generally throws better than he did tonight and Jake hasn’t thrown a lot this year. Braeden throws strikes. He’s got poise beyond his years.”

Garling and Ricky Chaney staged duel of southpaws through the first three innings before the Indians scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning to grab a 5-0 lead.

Christian Tackman ripped a leadoff triple and Elliot Danhoff and Cody Frazer smacked RBI singles. An infield error let two runners race home.

The Mavericks broke through for a run off Garling in the bottom of the fourth on Jeremy Koller’s leadoff double and Eddy Becerra’s RBI grounder to short.

A pair of walks, a Tackman sacrifice and Lamberg’s RBI single to left pumped the lead to 7-1 in he fifth.

Four walks forced in a run in the bottom of the fifth and cut the deficit to 7-2.

Trevor Christopherson opened the Mid County sixth with a walk and scored on Cory Mikus’s double to the fence in left-center.

Post 71 tacked on its final run in the seventh on a pair of walks, a wild pitch and Lamberg’s bouncer to second.

Gladstone grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on a walk to Christian Groleau and Hayden Hardwick’s RBI single.

Garling allowed just two hits in his 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked five while earning the win.

Lamberg came on with the bases loaded in the sixth to coax an inning-ending grounder to third. The seventh-grader previously tossed 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball against Negaunee.

Frazer was 2 for 5 with a double to lead the Indians (6-7).

The Indians backed up their young pitchers with solid defense, making just one error.

“I think we can be a pretty good team if we don’t make mistakes,” said coach Groleau.

Chaney alllowed one earned run and five hits in four innings while taking the loss. Matt Hanson finished up for the Mavs.

Koller was 3 for 3 for the Mavericks.

“I’m impressed with (Gladstone’s) young kids,” coach Koller said. “You can tell they know the game. It’s frustrating. If we throw strikes and make plays, we’re in the game.”