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Friday February 22, 2019
Tharp Pitches Menominee To 2-0 Win Over Indians

GLADWIN, Mich.---The Menominee Red Wave took advantage of several Gladstone mistakes, and the strong pitching of Bryce Tharp, to beat the Indians, 2-0, at the American Legion Baseball Class A State Tournament in Gladwin.

The result sent the Indians into the loser's bracket for a 9 a.m. game on Friday, while the Red Wave moved into a Thursday night game against the host Gladwin team. The Red Wave beat the Gladwin Lightning, 14-3, in six innings, and will face Gaylord on Friday.

Both of Menominee's runs were unearned, and catcher Jesus Becerra scored both of them.

In the second inning, Becerra was safe on an error, and with two out, he stole second base. He also stole third base, and as he did, the throw went into left field, sending him home.

In the top of the sixth inning, Becerra led off with an infield hit. He stole second base, and went to third base when Indians pitcher Quinn Downey tried to pick him off and the throw went into center field. Then with two out, Becerra scored on a wild pitch.

Tharp's curveball was effective throughout the day. He walked five batters, but worked out of trouble every time. Braeden Lamberg led off the first inning with a single, but he was stranded at third base.

In the second inning, Ben Schwalbach and Jack Stephenson both walked, but with runners on secind and third, Owen Hanson was called out on strikes.

In the third inning, Hunter Garling singled, and Tyson Seymour walked. But with two on and two out, Schwalbach struck out swinging. In the fourth inning, Ian Schwalbach walked with one out, but Stephenson and Hanson both popped up.

The best chance for Gladstone to score came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ben Schwalbach walked and Noah Olsen ripped a double to the center field fence.

But Ian Schwalbach missed the sign for a squeeze bunt and took the pitch, leaving his brother out to dry between third and home. Then Ian Schwalbach struck out swinging.

Tharp pitched a complete game, allowing three base hits and striking out three batters, along with those five walks. Downey threw well for the Indians in a losing effort, striking out nine batters and yielding just three base hits.

Gladstone takes on Copper Country Friday morning at 9:00. The game will be broadcast live on WCHT-AM (Newstalk 600), and on-line at

COPPER COUNTRY 7, HUDSON 6---The defending state champions from Hudson fell into the loser's bracket as the Flames scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to snap a 6-6 tie. Copper Country jumped to a 6-0 lead before Hudson rallied to tie the game.

The Flames threw out two runners at the plate in the late innings, and then, in the eighth inning, Bailey Ribich led off with a double. He scored on when Logan Fish singled to center field, and the ball bounced up and hit the center fielder in the forehead,

Fish retired the Hudson boys in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the win.

GAYLORD 4, COPPER COUNTRY 0---In the third game of the day, Gaylord used three pitchers to throw a no-hitter. Copper Country will face Gladstone on Friday.

MENOMINEE 14, GLADWIN 3---The Red Wave scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to the victory in the final game of the day. The teams combined to commit seven errors. Menominee faces Gaylord in the winner's bracket final on Friday, while Gladwin takes on Hudson in a loser's bracket game at 12:00 noon.

Click the thumbnails in the ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS box for photos, videos from both the Gladstone-Menominee, and Copper Country-Hudson games.

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