GLADSTONE - Sophomore Brandon Lotterman hit a fourth-inning solo home run but it wasn't enough for the Marquette Senior High School baseball team to avert a 10-2 loss at Gladstone on Thursday afternoon.
Lotterman's homer pulled the Redmen within 5-2, but a grand slam by Blake Ballard in the sixth gave the Braves a more comfortable margin. The game played in the cold was called after six innings due to rain.
"While there were some pretty severe conditions, it is good to be outside," MSHS manager Todd Koski said. "We're a young team and have had very little outdoor practice time. We played hard and are seeing improvement by the day."
The Redmen got their first run in the second inning on an RBI single by freshman Jake Phillips that scored Jack Kochevar, who walked and stole a base.
Trevor Koski and Dalton Duquette also had singles off Braves' winning pitcher Christian Groleau, who pitched a complete game while striking out nine and walking five.
For Marquette, junior Gabe Apple started and went two innings, surrendering five runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one. Phillips pitched the final four innings, also allowing five runs and giving up six hits and a walk while fanning one.
NORWAY 2, NEGAUNEE 1
At Norway on Thursday, lightning and a cold rain shortened a scheduled doubleheader to a single five-inning game.
The Miners scored the game's first run in the top of the third when Ryan Bischof, who had singled, scored on a throwing error.
Norway answered in its half of the inning with their two runs with Austin Grayvold and John Grayvold Jr. singles and a wild pitch.
The Knights' John Grayvold Jr. was dominant on the mound, striking out 11 and and allowing just three hits before the weather stopped action.
"He had all of his pitches working extremely well." Knights head coach Tony Adams said. "He was able to keep Negaunee off balance most of the day and throw it by them when he needed to."
Negaunee's Eric Lori suffered the pitching loss despite Norway collecting just four hits, two each by John Grayvold Jr., who doubled, and Riley Johnson. The Miners didn't commit an error, while Norway had one.
"We have a lot of work to do at the plate," Adams said. "Hitting will be priority No. 1 until we snap out of it."