GLADSTONE - Matt Weyers wasted little time settling into a groove Thursday night as he helped the Gladstone Indians post a 3-0 American Legion baseball triumph over Marquette Blue.
Weyers fired a three-hitter, not allowing any hits after the third inning. He struck out four, walked one and hit a batter.
"When Matt gets into a rhythm, he really pounds the strike zone," said Gladstone manager Jim Groleau. "He has a pretty good fastball and tonight he was throwing his curveball for strikes. He did an excellent job."
The victory enabled Gladstone to gain a split in the season series with Marquette. The Indians dropped a 5-2 decision in Marquette on May 22.
"This is a huge win for us," said Groleau. "The kids were focused from the onset. They really wanted this one."
For the second straight time, Gladstone did all its scoring in the third inning. Peyton Jurek provided the Indians with their first run on a wild pitch. They gained a 2-0 lead on Jake Pearson's single to left field and got their third run on Hayden Hardwick's single to right.
In their previous outing, the Indians scored four times in the third frame of Tuesday's 4-3 triumph over Kingsford.
"The third inning has been pretty good for us lately," said Groleau. "I just wish we'd get a few runs in other innings, too. Although once you get a lead, you can see the confidence rise with the kids. We're getting just enough hits at the right time. Jake had a nice hit and Hayden is swinging a pretty good bat."
Just as they did Tuesday, the Indians started their scoring with two out in the third.
It looked like Marquette would get out of that inning when Jurek appeared to strike out. But he instead reached base after catcher Ryan Hansen dropped the ball, keeping the Indians alive. Also, first baseman Riley Lynch dropped a flyball in foul territory during that frame.
"You can't give a team like that five outs in an inning," said Marquette manager Derek Swajanen. "If you do, they're going to take advantage of it. Yet, those things are sometimes going to happen. We're developing. We're about where we want to be. Gladstone has a very strong team. Defensively, they had a nice game."
The Indians collected seven hits off Nick Kamrada, who also pitched a complete game. Kamrada fanned seven and walked two.
Paul Tomaszewski and Cody Frazer led Gladstone with two hits apiece. The Indians (18-2) visit Kingsford for a twinbill on Sunday.
"No doubt, it was a pitcher's duel," said Swajanen. "Nick pitched a solid game and their guy pitched real well. This was a good, fast game. I don't think it could have gone more than an hour and a half. Both teams played good defense."
Marquette (26-6) heads to the Detroit area this weekend to face Berkley in a Saturday doubleheader.