Braves split with Norway
GLADSTONE — The Gladstone baseball team experienced the thrill of victory and agony of defeat in Monday’s doubleheader against Norway.
The Braves won the opener 4-2 on Ben Schwalbach’s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. But Norway totaled eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to rally for a 10-6 victory in Game 2.
“When we got a lead like that, it seemed like we lost our edge tonight,” Gladstone coach Don Lauscher said about the nightcap. “It seemed like everybody relaxed. It seemed like everything snowballed. When we get up on people we have to keep the intensity up. I thought we lost our intensity at the end.”
Tyson Seymour pitched the win in the opener with a five-hitter, four walks and three strikeouts. He and Schwalbach also had two hits apiece.
Cody Carlson and Justin Bal each had RBI singles for Norway.
In Game 2, Gladstone squandered its 6-2 lead in the fifth inning.
Owen Hanson had two hits to pace the Braves. Jack Stephenson, Hunter Botruff and Seymour also had RBI singles and Lucas Weinert produced an RBI double for the Braves.
Norway scored three runs in the fifth inning and added five runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Bal’s three-run homer.
Nick Trudeau pitched the first 5.1 innings, allowing nine hits, with two strikeouts and three walks. Cooper Cavadeas pitched the last two outs in relief.
Gladstone (15-4) hosts Kingsford Tuesday in a doubleheader.