ESCANABA - As the Gladstone 9-10 Girls' All-Stars prepare to face Escanaba, today, in the District 10 final, they may still be surging from a boost of confidence following Monday's 19-1 four-inning win over Kingsford.
"We played a good game," Gladstone head coach Nick Monkevich said. "C.C. Pilon did an awesome job throwing strikes for us and Torie Zeise did an awesome job behind the plate for us.
"They hit the ball at us and we made the plays we could make. We hit the ball very well back at them. I'm very pleased with the result. That filled these girls with confidence and that's what these young girls need."
Bryce Derouin | Daily Press
Gladstone’s Torie Zeise slides under the tag of Kingsford catcher Teagan Petschar, during the first inning at Lemerand Field, on Monday. Zeise would be called safe and scored the 11th run of the inning for Gladstone, after Lauren Bell’s single allowed Zeise to reach home from first.
Gladstone poured it on early, scoring 13 runs off of seven timely hits, five walks, aggressive base running, and errors by Kingsford, to blow open the game.
"We got off to a real slow start," Kingsford head coach David Holmes said. "A lot of errors in the first inning cost us and then our girls shorted up and started playing a little bit better. We certainly have a long way to go to catch up with Escanaba and Gladstone, but our girls are excited and competitive and willing to get after it and get better."
For Gladstone, Pilon earned the win. She pitched three innings and allowed one run on three hits and on walk, while striking out six batters. Jada LaFave came in for relief in the fourth inning and struck out two batters.
Pilon, LaFave, Madison Monkevich, Lauren Bell, and Abby Stephenson, each led Gladstone with two hits apiece. Monkevich and Stephenson paced the team with each player recording three RBI's. As a team, Gladstone collected 13 hits.
Up next for Gladstone, is a rematch with Escanaba in the District 10 final, tonight at 6 p.m., at Lemerand Field. Escanaba previously defeated Gladstone 5-2 on Saturday.
"Escanaba's a tough team," manager Monkevich said. "Jamie Segorski does a great job with those girls. They're going to have faster pitching; it's going to be a much closer game. I look forward to playing that game."