GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Indians returned to the win column here on Wednesday night, posting a 16-1 four-inning American Legion baseball victory over freshman starter Gwinn.
Gladstone, who snapped a five-game losing streak, scored most of his goals in the second and third frames.
“They have a new program” said Gladstone manager Scott Kwarciany. “It was good for the kids to come here and enjoy the game. Our goal was to give our second tier players some playing time, and they got good reps. It was good for morale. ‘crew.
Noah Peterson and Casey Alworden combined on a deuce.
Peterson, who threw three hitless innings, struck out six and didn’t walk. Alworden sniffed three and walked two in relief.
“Noah threw strikes, which is good”, said Kwarciany. “We are proud of his efforts. We have a lot to work on, but we’ll try to build on the positives.
Alworden scored Gladstone’s first run on Peterson’s single to left field in the second. Peterson then scored on a wild pitch, and Travis Mack’s sacrificial volley to shortstop gave the Indians a three-point cushion.
The Indians, capitalizing on four errors, scored 10 times in the third and ended the game on Devin Frossard’s single to left center in the fourth.
Carl Peterson scored Gwinn’s run on a goal-laden walk to Tom Newhouse in his fourth half.
The Indians had 10 hits and 11 walks. Tyler Darmogray, Peterson and Frossard led the way with two each.
Peterson shone in center field in his last appearance for the Lightning, making a diving grab on a flyball from Peterson on the third of his three catches.
“Many of us are young” said Peterson, who plans to try out for the Northern Michigan University football team this fall. “We have learned a lot during this season. I think the team will improve a lot. I received a lot of motivation from our football coach Dion Brown (now deceased). He brought me to where I am today.
Brandon Palmer, who pitched 1 2/3 innings, absorbed the loss. He walked four times and allowed five runs on four hits.
Gladstone played in Menominee on Thursday and resumes in Niagara, Wisconsin on Monday.