Hanson, Cole spark Gladstone’s sweep
RUDYARD — A road doubleheader sweep at Rudyard High School Tuesday puts the Gladstone Braves winning streak at15 games for Coach Don Lauscher’s ball club.
The Braves used two pitching gems to win 8-1 and 8-0 featuring sophomore Zach Hanson’s no-hitter in Game 2. Hanson threw a six-inning complete game no-no with 10 strikeouts, two walks and a hit by pitch in the 8-0 triumph.
“Zach has pitched well all season,” said Lauscher. “Today he was outstanding and his curveball was sharp. The composure he shows for a young player and we played good defense behind him. We have played good defense all season and did both games today.”
Brotherly love helped in the no-hitter with Zach’s brother Owen in centerfield making two catches to rob Rudyard batters of base hits.
In the opener Jared Crow tossed a two-hitter, striking out nine, walking one and allowing one run in six innings.
“Crow kept the hitters off balance with his curve ball and our defense again was good, a fun game to watch,” said Lauscher.
Offensively in Game 1, Daniel Martin’s two-run single put the Braves ahead 2-0. A six-run sixth inning closed the scoring with RBI hits from Carson Shea, Owen Hanson and Braeden Lamberg.
Clay Cole had four hits to lead the offense in game one with Lamberg and Martin with two hits each.
Gladstone broke open game two scoring six runs in the third inning keyed by RBI singles from Lucas Weinert and Cooper Cavadeas.
Cody Frappier hit his first home run for the Braves with a solo blast and Cole and Cavadeas both had two hits in the nightcap.
Coach Lauscher noted Cole’s continued solid play to lead the Braves in this winning streak.
“Clay has been killing the ball all season and did today with six hits in the doubleheader,” said Lauscher. “Clay has been carrying us from the lead off spot, when he gets going, the team gets going.”
The busy road schedule this week continues for the Braves at Green Bay Preble Thursday at 5:30 and at Marquette, Friday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.