Hot Braves take two from Negaunee in baseball

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Carson Shea

NEGAUNEE — Strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting wins a lot of baseball games. Coach Don Lauscher’s Gladstone Braves continued their solid play Wednesday with a 6-2 and 10-1 doubleheader sweep at Negaunee.

Carson Shea pitched a three-hitter in the opener striking out six Miners and walking two for the Gladstone mound win. Jared Crowe’s two-run single highlighted a three-run opening frame offensive outburst for the winners. The Braves also scored three runs in the fifth inning and the key hit was a two-run double by Dan Martin.

“We started out the first game with a little less energy but picked it up as the night went on. We kept the pressure on them, especially in game two,” said Lauscher. “Both games we pitched well and the defense was sound for us. We had a lot of baserunners in the second game and ran the bases well.”

Ben Kelly paced the second game offense going 3-4 with an RBI. The Braves five-run fourth stanza saw Cody Frappier plate two Braves with a single.

Gladstone’s Cooper Cavadeas pitched five innings allowing five hits and striking out four for the second game win. Braeden Lamberg pitched a one-hit sixth inning, striking out two in relief.

Cody Frappier

“I was pleased with our pitching and defense tonight, said Coach Lauscher. “We continue to play good team ball.”

The Braves (21-2) host Marquette tonight in a single game at 6:30. Gladstone plays a doubleheader at Iron Mountain Saturday.