Adam Niemi | Houghton Mining Gazette

Gladstone’s John Soderman (13) and Aedan Creten (20) rejoice with teammates after defeating Iron Mountain in a MHSAA Division 3 Region 18 semifinal on Wednesday in Houghton.



HOUGHTON — After three hours with plenty of hits and errors, the Gladstone Braves earned a spot within the MHSSA Division 3 Region 18 finals as they downed the Iron Mountain Mountaineers 18-11 within the semifinals Wednesday on the Houghton High School Sports Complex.

The sport had a bit of little bit of every thing. However, a lot of it wasn’t fairly. Missed fly balls, errant throws and wild pitches have been far too widespread on this one.

This was not the primary time these two groups had met. Earlier within the 12 months, they battled in one other slugfest with Gladstone popping out on prime 11-10.

“Solid pitching by both my pitchers and consistent hitting were key for us,” mentioned Gladstone head coach Lucas Lacosse. “Trevor Hanson and Mason LaChance pitched fabulous for us. They threw strikes, and that was all we could ask for.”

The Braves face Benzie Central or Evart within the regional finals Saturday at East Jordan High School.

Iron Mountain’s Caleb Evosevich-Hynes opened the sport with a double. Blake Julian adopted with successful of his personal. Both got here house to rating.

Gladstone countered with a three-run backside of the primary. It got here with only one hit Branden Sunquist and three Iron Mountain infield errors.

Iron Mountain’s prime of the second was considered one of simply three frames the place they didn’t rating. In distinction, Gladstone scored each inning. In the second, they tacked on two to take a 5-2 lead. Iron Mountain got here again with three of their prime half of the third to tie it with massive hits by Julian and Ian Anderson. However, Gladstone took again the lead with two base hits and three walks given up by Iron Mountain pitching.

The fourth seemed a lot the identical with 4 runs tallied by the Mountaineers, and the Braves notched two. Then got here the underside of the fifth the place the sport was determined. The Braves mounted a seven-run rally profiting from missed fly balls and poor place play by Iron Mountain.

The Braves’ Tyler Darmogray began the inning off with a base hit up the center. Two walks later Sunquist smacked an RBI hit of his personal. After a single by Mason LaChance, Darmogray was again up on the plate and did it once more with successful to the left aspect.

“That seven-run inning was huge for us,” mentioned Lacosse. “It was a big momentum swing, and it worked in our favor. Our bats never quit, and we just kept going.”

While the Mountaineers would tack on two within the prime of the sixth, it was clear that the wind was knocked out of their sails.

“This loss stings. We were sloppy,” mentioned Iron Mountain’s head coach Paul Julian. “Gladstone is a well-coached team, and we wish them the best as they head downstate.”

Gladstone faces Evart at 12:30 Saturday in East Jordan.

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