GLADSTONE - It was a hit parade for the Gladstone 11-12 Major girls, against Iron Mountain North, on Monday night.
Nine out of 13 girls for Gladstone recorded a hit, as the team tallied 13 hits on their way to a 18-2 four-inning victory over Iron Mountain.
WIth the victory Gladstone advances to face Kingsford tonight at 6 p.m. The winner will advance out of the elimination bracket to face Escanaba in the championship game Wednesday night.
"Anytime we can get a win, it builds confidence in the kids," Gladstone head coach Rodney Schwartz said. "They knew the pitching wasn't going to be as strong as we see with Escanaba, but just getting runs across the plate and us playing good defense, is really getting the kids' morale up to where they can play with anybody that they face."
It didn't take long for Gladstone to get its offense going. They scored 10 runs in the first inning to start the game, off of four walks, five hits, and two Iron Mountain errors.
The second inning was much of the same for the Gladstone All-Stars, as they rallied off eight more runs off of four this, one walk, and two more Iron Mountain errors.
Gladstone's bats were led by Sydney Herioux, who had a triple, Brittany Schwartz went 2-for-2 with a double and triple, Morgan Letteriello recorded a single, double, and a triple, and Taylor Zeise went 2-of-3 from the plate.
"It was a good game," Schwartz said. "Everybody played. We got to use all three of our pitchers and we got to get them some experience."
Brittany Schwartz, Morgan Letteriello, and Andie Balenger, combined to pitch four innings and surrendered two runs, on two hits.
Despite being down 18-0, Iron Mountain didn't pack it in and managed to rally and score two runs in the final inning.
"They're young. I think they had a couple 10-year olds on the team, Schwartz said about Iron Mountain. "They didn't quit; they just kept playing. They didn't put their heads down. I thought they gave a good effort."