Gladstone baseball splits with Menominee

Gladstone junior Gavin Frossard delivers a pitch against Menominee on May 14, 2024 at Don Olsen Field in Gladstone. (Adam Hinch/Daily Press)

GLADSTONE — A Tuesday doubleheader was a day of ups and downs for Gladstone baseball as it split the two games with Menominee falling 7-6 in game one and winning 15-0 in game two.

Game One

The Braves led 2-1 going into the sixth inning when it started to fall apart. Menominee freshman Dylan Beal hit a ground ball to third base, then reached and advanced to second on an error. Aiden Sevon laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Beal to third base with one out.

After Cyle Kenny drew a walk to put runners on the corners, Drew Olsen struck out. That is when the Maroons staged their two-run rally. Torin Davis hit a hard ground ball and reached on an error by Gladstone’s Vinny Rebholz that allowed Beal to score and the game was tied at two.

Menominee senior Landon Bardowski singled to load the bases and Gable Buck hit a ground ball to third base and reached on a bad throw by Rebholz which was his third error of the inning, allowing two runs to score and the Maroons led 4-2.

Gable Buck singled on a shot to left that scored one and another run came home on a bad throw to second and the Maroons extended their lead to 6-2. Cam Gauthier singled a ground ball to right and Menominee led 7-2.

The Braves fought back in the bottom of the seventh. Senior John Soderman had a lead-off single and Gavin Frossard doubled on a fly ball to centerfield to cut the deficit to 7-3.

Issac Ketchum and Rex Kelly were both hit by a pitch to load the bases and Davin Mattonen drew a walk to bring in a run. Austin Pepin hit a sacrifice fly to left to score a run and Casey Alworden hit a fly ball to left to score a run and the deficit was down to one at 7-6. Nate Young drew a walk, but Cooper Sanville flied out to centerfield to end the game. “Credit to Menominee. They played better than us in the first game and deserved to win,” Braves’ coach Tyler Swanson said. “We came out flat made some errors. You do that against teams you’re not going to win.”

Game Two

The Braves dominated game two.

With runners on first and second, Sanville dropped down a bunt and reached on a wild throw that scored two runs and Frossard followed it up with a RBI triple to put the Braves up 3-0. Kaden Gibbs hit a ground ball and reached on an error that scored a run and the Braves led 4-0 after one.

The Braves added seven runs in on four hits in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run double by Sanville. “It felt good to rebound in the second game,” Sanville said. “I don’t think we came out with enough intensity in game one, but the win in game two gives us confidence and we know we can beat them.”

Frossard earned the win for the Braves in game two pitching a complete game allowing no runs on three hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

“It was pretty rough out there,” Frossard said. “Everything is staying high for me. I’ve had a hard time pitching off our mound.”


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