Gladstone softball edges Traverse City in 7th

TRAVERSE CITY — The Gladstone Braves showed how to finish a softball game Friday against Traverse City St. Francis.

Hannah Sharon delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to propel the Braves to a 3-1 victory in the St. Francis Invitational. It was a nice gift for Sharon, who was enjoying her 18th birthday.

Gladstone also needed two stellar defensive plays in the bottom of the seventh inning. Taylor Hunter made a diving grab at shortstop to prevent a run from scoring and Kaitlyn Hardwick made a diving grab in left field to end the game.

“The kids played excellent,” Braves coach John Nevala said. “All-around, I’m happy the way they played.”

Jenna Steinhoff pitched the win with a five-hitter, two strikeouts and no walks.

Tasi Martinez also tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning on a long home run to center field. Sydney Herioux had the other hit for the Braves.