Gladstone captures Hanover-Horton title

Prep softball

HORTON — The Gladstone softball team reeled off three straight wins Saturday to capture the Hanover-Horton Tournament.

The Braves defeated Sturgis 4-2 and Portland 5-4 in pool play before routing Ravenna 13-3 in five innings in the championship game.

“The kids were excited,” Gladstone coach John Nevala said. “I was pleased the way we played all weekend. The last couple of games we starting hitting the ball really good. And we pitched well and played good defense as well.”

In the Sturgis game, Lexi Winling earned the win, allowing one run, three hits and striking out five in four innings. Taylor Trudeau collected two of Gladstone’s five hits. The game was tied 2-2 in the sixth inning when Kaitlyn Hardwick laced a triple to spark the Braves to two sixth-inning runs.

In the Portland game, the contest was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Amber Lenards led off with a triple. Gladstone received two intentional walks and Sydney Herioux belted a game-winning single to lift the Braves to victory.

Morgan Letteriello, Taylor Hunter and Herioux each had two hits, while Hardwick delivered a two-run homer and Trudeau added a solo shot for Gladstone, which trailed 3-0 entering the fourth inning.

Winling went the distance for the win, allowing 10 hits, four runs and striking out six.

In the championship, Gladstone (5-1) erupted for 13 hits to win the five-inning contest. Maddie Kowalski, Trudeau, Herioux, Hunter and Hardwick each had two hits. Letteriello pitched the first four innings with a four-hitter and six strikeouts and Winling worked six innings with a two-hitter, one run allowed and one strikeout.

Gladstone will host Marquette Tuesday in a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader. The Braves also host Ishpeming Thursday in a doubleheader and head to Traverse City St. Francis Friday.


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