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Gladiators stumble at state tourney

Gladstone High School baseball players were their own worst enemies at the Junior State Division I State Tournament, bowing out of the late-July tournament in two games.

They got blanked by North Salem 7-0 in their final game, after dropping a 5-4 heartbreaker to Lebanon in their opener.

All seven North Salem runs were unearned and six of the runs were scored with two outs.

“Our pitcher, Cody Swenson, pitched good enough to win,” Gladstone coach Casey Webster said of the North Salem game. “But we didn’t make the plays behind him. We committed four errors....”

Swenson recorded four strikeouts, walked two and allowed six hits in a complete game.

Ben Fox and Tyrus Coady both singled, for Gladstone’s only hits.

“We hit well all year,” said Webster. “But for some reason, we just didn’t get it done at the state tournament.”

The Gladiators lost the game to Lebanon when Lebanon’s No. 9 batter got a base hit to drive in the winning run with two down in the seventh and final inning.

The Gladiators had rallied to tie the score at 4-all through a three-run rally in the top of the seventh. Mitchell Foeller, Branden Loehr and Collin Betnar all had run-scoring hits, as the Gladiators stung the ball for five hits in the top-of-the-seventh rally.

Trask Telesmanich (2-for-3, double, 2 runs) and Loehr (2-for-3, 2 RBI) headed Gladstone’s offense for the game.

The Gladiators finished the summer with an overall record of 17-16, despite a slow start to the season and the two-and-out showing at state. They finished second only to Scappoose in their 11-team Junior State league and they were one of only 16 teams to qualify for the Division I state tournament.

“I like this group,” said Webster. “We just went [to the state tournament] and didn’t play our best.



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