Indians stem Red Wave, honor Groleau
GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Indians withstood the pressure of having the bases loaded late by the Menominee Red Wave to take the win 8-4 Thursday night in Gladstone.
After the conclusion of a six-inning regulation game, three additional exhibition innings were played between the two teams.
Prior to the game, Dayton Bernson was awarded the inaugural Christain Groleau Memorial Scholarship.
Groleau — who passed away in January of 2020 — was an avid member of the Gladstone baseball community and was a part of the 2014 championship team.
Trevor Hansen started the game pitching for Gladstone, with Mason LaChance closing things in the sixth.
With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth for the Red Wave — Ashton Barstow and Ethan Russell aboard with singles and Andrew Schroeder on from a walk — into the box stepped Zach Starzynski.
Strazynski made solid contact with the ball, sending it into right-centerfield. As it dropped, so did John Soderman to slide himself under the ball for the catch and final out of the game.
The Red Wave got one up ont the Indians right away as pitcher Andrew Schroeder hitting a lead-off solo home run.
Two more runs followed with RBIs from Kenney and Barstow to leave the Indians down 3-0 right away.
Entering the bottom of the fourth, the Indians still trailed 3-1, their sole run at that point coming courtesy of Owen Trombley reaching home on a passed ball.
By the end of the inning, Gladstone would lead 5-3.
LaChance kicked off the inning with a deep fly ball for a double. John Soderman followed that up — after a Trombley strikeout — with a double of his own off the left-field fence to put himself on second and LaChance on third.
Singes from Aeden Creten and Elijah Shier brought LaChance and Soderman home to tie the game.
Tyler Darmogray hit a single for the go-ahead run as Creten scored.
The final run in the fourth came as Nick Martin — pinch running for Darmogrey — reached home on a single-turned-double from Caden Alworden.
Soderman, Shier and Bernson each earned RBI’s in the seventh to make it 8-3.
Menominee scored one more run in the sixth as Michael Hensley tagged up from third on a Matthew Mellinger sacrifice fly.
Schroeder — in addition to his home run — pitched the entire game for Menominee.