Houghton loses in baseball district final

GLADSTONE – Throughout the winter off-season months, and the beginning of training camp, the Gladstone Braves’ baseball team had one goal in mind: avenge last year’s district loss, and beat Tyler Jandron and Negaunee.

On Friday, in the opening round of the districts, the Braves exacted revenge on the Miners and Jandron, as Gladstone received a gem of a pitching performance from their own pitcher – Sam Pouliot – in a 4-2 victory. Later in the day, Gladstone would go on to defeat Houghton, 10-0, for the Division 3 district title.

After Houghton defeated Superior Central 5-4 in eight innings in its district opener, there was less drama in the title game, as Houghton committed seven errors, and Gladstone won in six innings, 10-0.

The Braves wasted no time jumping on the Gremlins. Garling scored on a passed ball and Tom Bailey drove in Jurek for the RBI to put Gladstone on top 2-0 after the first inning.

Garling managed to give Gladstone some insurance runs in the third inning. With Tackman already on base, the left-hander launched a two-run home run to right field to make it 4-0.

Gladstone added two runs in the fifth inning, before pouring on four runs in the sixth inning. The Braves held the Gremlins scoreless in the bottom half of the sixth inning to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.

Jake Peterson earned the win for Gladstone, pitching six innings of shutout baseball.