Indians finish second in Antigo tourney

ANTIGO, Wis. — The tournament was there for the taking, but the Gladstone Indians came up just short in their American Legion baseball tournament here Sunday. After the Indians rallied to tie their game with the Marquette Blues at 3-3 in the fifth inning, the Blues came back to win on a walk-off hit by Kyle Frusti in the eighth.

“I think we started a little slow and a little too relaxed. We let them get off to a good start, which hurt us a little bit,” Indians’ manager Justin Jurek said. “Errors pretty much killed us throughout the game.”

The Indians (8-5) committed four miscues, leading to the Blues taking a 3-1 lead through three innings.

Gladstone’s Ian Schwalbach put together a strong start in his first appearance on the mound this season, surrendering three runs (zero earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out four through seven innings. Parker Frappier was tagged with the loss in the eighth, giving up a run on two hits while also walking two.

“Ian threw really well,” Jurek said. “For having four errors behind him, he kept it close. It was good to see that out of him in his first start.”

Cooper Cavadeas led the offense with two hits and an RBI.

“Coop hit really well for us this weekend,” Jurek said. “He was kind of a driving force for us with runs hard to come by. He had multiple extra-base hits that kind of helped us out big time.”

On Saturday, the Indians put together two strong performances to knock off a pair of Wisconsin teams.

Gladstone started the day with a 4-2 win over Ashwaubenon, as Ean Terrian delivered a clutch two-run single to right field to break a 2-2 tie.

Terrian finished with two hits and three RBIs while Cavadeas had three hits and Dan Martin added two hits. Jared Crow earned the win on the hill, allowing just two runs on five hits while fanning seven and walking just one for the complete game victory.

“Jared threw a really good game,” Jurek said. “He mixed in a lot of different pitches to keep them off balance.”

The Indians then took down host Antigo 6-2 in the nightcap. Trailing 2-0 through three innings, the Indians scored six runs in the last four frames to pull away.

“It was a lot of good offense and a lot of good sacrifices,” Jurek said. “Cody (Frappier) got a squeeze down that scored a run.”

Carson Shea and Martin each had two hits and an RBI, and Cody Frappier added a hit and two RBIs. Shea also earned the complete game win, giving up just two runs on eight hits while whiffing three and walking just one.

“Carson kept them in check — kind of the same thing as Jared,” Jurek said. “He made some big pitches when he needed to.”

Jurek felt the Indians played their best ball against their best competition.

“Between Ashwaubenon and Antigo, those were the best teams we played. It was kind of a tough draw between the two of them to figure out which one was better,” Jurek said.

“With your top two pitchers on the mound, they’re not hitting the ball as hard and everyone seems to be more relaxed. We seem to play our best ball against the best teams.”

The Indians, who finished in a three-way tie for second in the tournament, visit Bayport, Wis. Tuesday.