Braves hammer Cougars in twinbill

EBEN – After losing for just the second time this year – this past Saturday at Green Bay Notre Dame – the Gladstone Braves baseball team was certain to not make losing a trend.

Gladstone rattled off 15-0 and 12-1 victories over Suprior Central on Monday, in two shortened games.

The first game lasted just 3 1/2 innings. Hunter Garling and Justin Jurek each recorded a single and a triple, and Christian Tackman chipped in with a single and a double. All three Braves notched two RBI’s in the first game.

Tom Bailey earned the win for Gladtone, allowing two hits and striking out four while allowing no walks.

“Maybe it was a blessing in disguise,” Gladstone head coach Don Lauscher said about his team losing over the weekend. “We had a 13-game winning streak going and it semed like the kids weren’t ready to play on Saturday (in an 11-1 loss), but they were ready to go tonight and it showed on the field.”

Superior Central’s Cody Maki, who pitched two innings, took the loss. He struck out two, walked five and allowed 11 runs on five hits.

Nick Goings had one of the Cougars’ hits, a single in the second frame.

“We didn’t have a real good outing,” said Cougars’ manager Bill Maki. “Although, Gladstone is a powerhouse team. Cody just wasn’t quite getting the strikes.”

In the second contest, Gladstone utilized some of its younger players, but the results remained the same in a 12-1 victory in 4 1/2 innings.

Most of Gladstone’s runs came on walks and errors, but Ben Schwalbach did manage to record a double with two walks.

“One thing I was impressed with, is that they were really swinging the bats hard and they were really agressive, and that was good to see as a coach,” Lauscher said about his younger players.

Drake Draze earned the win on the mound, surrendering one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out four.

“Overall, the kids played well,” Lauscher said. “We bounced back pretty well from our defeat on Saturday, so it was good to see the kids play well and swinging the bats hard.”

Gladstone returns to the field today to host Houghton in a 4 p.m. twinbill.

Jake Aho went 2-of-2 for the Cougars, who conclude their regular season by hosting Norway in a doubleheader today at 4.

Goings absorbed the loss in relief of Aho, who worked three innings.

“We’re starting to see some good things from Jake,” said manager Maki. “We’re happy with his work on the mound. We had a couple hits that were shots, but Gladstone played good defense. They made the plays.”