Dustin Gibbs and Wade Gleasman gave Joseph baseball Coach Dave Schmidt back-to-back complete games as the Joseph Eagles defeated Pine-Eagle 9-2 and 12-2 in Wapiti League action Saturday afternoon at Pine-Eagle. The wins gave Joseph a 2-0 mark in league play.
Gibbs pitched a five hit beauty, striking out eight Spartan batters and only issuing one free pass. Gleasman was even better; only allowing one double to Ransom to start the game. Had it not been for some untimely errors, Gleasman could easily have pitched a six inning shutout. He struck out five, walked one and hit two batters.
Four walks and a two-run single by Chris Garrett staked JHS to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the opener and Pine-Eagle never recovered. With the score at 3-2 in the bottom of the third inning Garrett, who led all batsmen in the game with three hits, started a two run rally with his second of three singles. He went on to score on a single by Gleasman. John Schmidt, who had walked prior to Gleasman's hit, also scored in the third inning.
Andy Hayes accounted for Joseph's only extra base hit in the first contest, a seventh inning triple. JoHi outhit P-E in the opener 9-5.
Ransom, who had Pine-Eagle's only hit in the second game, scored on two Joseph errors, giving the visiting Spartans their first lead of the day. After the Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of two Spartan errors, Pine-Eagle again scored in the second inning to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. A hit batsman, a balk and an error by Gleasman himself plated that second run.
Singles by catcher Tanner Stewart and second baseman Ryan Barstad triggered Joseph's two-run second inning as the Eagles took the lead for good.
Garrett began the three-run third inning with a solo home run. Gleasman and Mike Gamboa also contributed doubles in the second game for Joseph. Schmidt chipped in three singles, the most of any Eagle in their nine hit attack.
The second game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run rule.