Braves win invitational at Tawas

TAWAS CITY — Jenna Steinhoff scattered four hits Saturday as the Gladstone Braves beat St. Louis 10-2 in the championship game of the Tawas Area Invitational softball tournament.

Steinhoff struck out six and walked none and finished with two hits.

Alyssa Polley, Tasi Martinez and Taylor Hunter also had two hits.

“Our hitting was steady,” said Braves’ coach John Nevala. “It seemed like we were facing everybody’s top pitcher all day. Several girls had multiple hits and Jenna did an excellent job on the mound again.”

The Braves reached the title contest by rallying past the Boyne City Ramblers 5-4.

Martinez helped Gladstone overcome a 3-0 deficit by collecting three hits and Steinhoff provided a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning. The Braves finished with eight hits.

“The girls just kept fighting back,” said Nevala. “Our defense tightened up and held them down. It was a good comeback and a confidence builder going into the last game. It also clinched our pool and gave us a lot of momentum.”

Maddy Kowalski, Lexi Winling and Steinhoff shared the mound duties against the Ramblers.

Steinhoff and Kowalski combined for a three-hitter and four strikeouts as Gladstone opened in a 15-4 rout of West Branch Ogemaw Heights in four innings.

The Braves also unleashed a 17-hit attack with Polley, Martinez, Kowalski, Sydney Herioux, Katilyn Hardwick and Cassidy Hanson getting two apiece.

Gladstone then added 10 hits in a 10-4 conquest of Birch Run.

Hunter and Herioux led the way with two hits each.

Steinhoff took the win, striking out four, walking none and allowing six hits.

The Braves visit Marquette for a make-up doubleheader today.