Braves sweep Maroons

Prep softball

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone softball team swept visiting Menominee Thursday 13-3 and 15-0 in cold, windy conditions.

“I thought they did a great job staying focused,” Gladstone coach John Nevala said about his team’s sweep.

“They did an excellent job in all aspects of the game.”

In the opener, Maddie Kowalski allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none in the five-inning contest.

“She did an excellent job, cosidering it was so windy and cold,” Nevala said about Kowalski’s effort on the mound.

Tasi Martinez delivered two hits, including a solo homer, while Jenna Steinhoff and Kaylin Holden each supplied two hits.

In the four-inning second game, Lexi Winling pitched a three-hitter with two strikeouts and no walks.

“Both pitchers had control, they focused real hard and threw strikes,” Nevala said.

Kaitlyn Hardwick crushed a three-run homer among her three hits and totaled six RBIs.

Taylor Hunter also had three hits, with Alyssa Polley, Kowalski, Steinhoff and Winling each collecting two hits.

Menominee is a first-year varsity softball program, battling the elements and the seasoned Braves.

“They made some mistakes in the field, but their girls hit the ball hard,” Nevala said about the Maroons.

Gladstone returns to action Saturday in a tournament at Tawas.