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Ending with a sweep: Gladstone Junior Braves pull off 7-4, 10-3 wins over Marquette Reds

The Marquette Reds’ Easton Miller readies for a pitch from the Gladstone Junior Braves during their Upper Peninsula Under-19 Baseball League doubleheader played at Gerard Haley Memorial FIeld in Marquette on Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy Danielle Peterson)

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — Isaac Sarles and Luke Mead each had a combined three hits in a doubleheader for the Marquette Reds on Tuesday evening, but it wasn’t enough to avert two losses against the Gladstone Junior Braves at home.

The visitors pulled off a late comeback to win the opener 7-4 before Gladstone ran off with a 10-3 victory in the nightcap at Gerard Haley Memorial Field in Marquette that closes the Reds’ season.

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Gladstone 7, Reds 4

In the opener, the Braves scored six times in the top of the seventh inning to erase a 4-1 deficit, then held off any kind of comeback by Marquette in the bottom of the inning.

Paavo Mannisto hit an RBI single on a 3-2 count to lead a two-run first inning for the Reds, who also scored single runs in the second and third.

Sarles, Mead and Logan Peterson each had two of the Reds’ 11 singles, while Mannisto had an RBI, drew a walk and scored two runs. Sarles, Nathan Cromell and Nick Pantti also had an RBI, while Mead and Zack Bukowski scored one run apiece.

Bukowski and Mead each had two of their team’s seven stolen bases.

Sarles went the distance on the mound and absorbed the loss, going six innings and allowing seven runs — six earned — on 15 hits and three walks as he struck out four. Statistics also showed he threw 83 strikes in 118 pitches.

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Gladstone 10, Reds 3

In the nightcap, the Junior Braves scored four runs in the top of the first and raced to a 7-1 lead by the middle of the third.

Despite that, the Reds were only outhit 9-7, though the teams combined to commit five errors.

Dallas Cobe led Marquette hitters, going 2 for 2 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored. Mannisto knocked in two runs with a double as he was hit by a pitch, too, while Bukowski had a single, stole two bases and scored a run.

Mead hit a double, while Sarles and Easton Miller each had singles, while Pantti had an RBI without benefit of a hit.

Mannisto started and took the pitching loss for the Reds, going two innings and giving up six runs — five earned — on four hits and four walks while fanning one. Braiden Noskey went the final four innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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