Braves rout GB Southwest, Broncos get split
GREEN BAY — The Gladstone baseball team didn’t let rain dampen its trip Monday to Green Bay Southwest.
The Braves played through four innings of rain, erupted for 10 runs in the fourth inning and routed Southwest 11-4.
Two-run singles by Braeden Lamberg and Cooper Cavadeas and an RBI single by Cody Frappier sparked the Braves’ fourth-inning uprising. Gladstone, which trailed 2-0 early, added a final run in the fifth inning.
Lamberg led Gladstone’s seven-hit attack with a pair of singles.
Carson Shea earned the win on the mound, allowing five hits, striking out four, walking one and hitting three batters.
Lamberg worked 2/3 of an inning in relief and gave up a hit and walked two. Zach Hanson closed out the win with a strikeout for the final out.
Gladstone (23-2), ranked No. 8 in Division 3, is riding an impressive 12-game winning streak.
“Our pitching has been there every day,” Gladstone coach Don Lauscher said. “Kudos to our assistant coaches. They have really been stressing the pitching. Pitching has been outstanding all year and the defense has been relatively solid. Bats will come and go. We certainly have had pitching and defense the last couple of weeks.”
The Braves have a busy week on the road, visiting Rudyard today, Green Bay Preble Thursday and Marquette Friday.
BR-H 7-4, Norway 1-6
NORWAY — It was a tale of two games Monday as the Bark River-Harris Broncos and Norway Knights split a doubleheader.
The Broncos used a four-run fourth inning to post a 7-1 victory in the opener. Norway, fueled by a five-run fifth, rallied to take the nightcap 6-4.
In the opener, BR-H led 3-1 going into the fourth then extended its lead on an RBI single by Cole Ray. Adam Cappaert’s ground out to short drove in the Broncos’ fifth run. A bases-loaded walk to Nick Javurek raised the count to 6-1 and Ryan Arndt’s RBI single ended the scoring.
“That gave us quite a bit of breathing room, no doubt,” said BR-H head coach Al Botwright. “Adam’s grounder was a tough play for their shortstop and our guy at third went on contact.”
BR-H’s Logan Heim went 2-for-2 and Sam Hall was 1-for-1 with two walks. Matt Richer tossed a three-hitter, struck out two.
“Once again Matt had a real strong outing,” said Botwright. “He had good control and threw enough off-speed to keep them honest. We also made the plays on defense. We had a few errors, but when we needed a play we made it. It was a real tight game until our offense put together a few hits and baserunners. That gave us enough cushion. We felt pretty confident for the remainder of that game.”
The Broncos led 4-1 through four innings of the nightcap before Norway, fueled by Payton Thompson’s three-run homer, grabbed a 6-4 lead in the fifth.
“Basically, the roles were reversed from Game 1,” said Botwright. “They had the big inning and we didn’t have enough time to come back. They gained momentum at that point. They put their closer (lefty Micah Wilson) in and he shut us down. We haven’t seen many left-handers. He had a good curveball and velocity. Whatever hits and walks we got, they scattered pretty well. They pretty much kept us off the bases.”
Javurek went 2-for-2 with a walk and Hall had two hits, an RBI and a walk.
BR-H (9-3-1), ranked ninth in the Division 4 statewide poll, visits Escanaba for a single game today at 5.