Indians pour it on

GLADSTONE – It may not have been fancy, but it was effective.

That may be the best way to describe Lucas LaCosse’s pitching Tuesday night as the Gladstone Indians needed just five innings to blank the Mid-County Mavericks 11-0 in the first of two scheduled American Legion baseball games at Don Olsen Field.

LaCosse fired a one-hitter, struck out three and walked none on this cool and rainy night.

“Lucas did a good job for us,” said Gladstone manager Jim Groleau. “His fastball worked real well. One thing about Lucas is he throws strikes.”

In the nightcap, Gladstone was ahead of Mid-Peninsula League regular-season champ Marquette Blue 1-0 and batting with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the fourth when the contest was halted by a downpour.

Jake Peterson scored the lone run on LaCosse’s single to leftfield in the second.

Gladstone’s Justin Jurek will step up to plate Thursday at 6:30 p.m. when the game resumes.

The Indians (23-17-1) are tied with Hancock for second in the Mid-Pen League. They need a win to clinch an opening-round bye in this weekend’s league tournament at Channing.

Gladstone exploded for nine runs in the third frame against Mid-County.

Jake Pearson blasted a three-run homer to right in the inning. Cody Frazer added a pair of RBI doubles to left. Owen Hanson clubbed a two-run single to right and Hayden Hardwick rapped an RBI single to left for the Indians, who took advantage of two errors and two hit batsmen.

“Jake has good power to the opposite field,” said Groleau. “When he gets his arms extended, he can hit a long way to rightfield. Also, it was nice to get some of the younger players in and give them a little more experience.”

The Indians, who scored twice in the first, finished with seven hits. Jurek and Frazer had two hits apiece, and LaCosse and Hardwick were hit twice by a pitch during the contest.

Gladstone’s Christian Groleau was forced out of the contest in the second frame when he injured his knee for the third time this season.

Tate Koller’s infield single was the lone hit for Mid-County, which hosts Channing Thursday.

Quintin Lukesik, who pitched two innings and failed to retire any of the four hitters he faced in the third, absorbed the loss. He walked one, hit three batters and allowed six runs on four hits.

“We’re a fairly young team, although we’re missing five of our regular starters tonight,” said Mavericks’ manager Dan Koller. “Our No. 1 pitcher was behind the plate tonight and our second-baseman is nursing a quad injury, but toughed it out so we’d have nine players. We had high expectations coming into the season, but hadn’t gotten the commitment we hoped for from some kids.

“They (Gladstone) are a good hitting team and made more plays than we did. Also, their pitcher attacked the strike zone and threw a real nice game.”