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Grizzlies Dominate Otters For Sixth Straight Win

Gateway blasts four homers to back brilliant pitching performance, take series opener

by Jason Guerette
The Gateway Grizzlies got a phenomenal start from rookie Teague Conrad (2-0) on the mound on Friday night against the Evansville Otters, as the right-hander fired eight innings of one-run ball while retiring a remarkable 16 batters in a row at one point, and the offense backed him by hitting four homers in a dominant, 11-2 victory at Grizzlies Ballpark.
It was the visiting Otters who opened the scoring against Conrad in the top of the third inning when Mason White hit a solo home run to right field for his first professional hit in his debut game, making the score 1-0 Evansville. Conrad then permitted a walk and a single in the frame, but would get a huge double-play ground ball and a strikeout to get out of the trouble.
Conrad was not finished in the slightest, as he would also retire the next 14 Evansville batters to step up to the plate. When all was said and done, the right-hander had tossed the longest outing of the season by any Grizzlies pitcher this season in just his third professional start, striking out nine (including five straight at one point) over eight frames to earn his second straight win.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies’ offense would overwhelm the Otters’ pitching staff in what became a blowout. Gabe Holt tied the score at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning, and in the fourth, Jack-Thomas Wold began what was a career day at the plate with a go-ahead two-run homer to right field off Parker Brahms (1-3), giving the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead.
Gateway did not stop there. In the fifth, with the bases empty and two outs, Holt reached on an infield single, and after two Brahms walks loaded the bases, Wold came up again, and hit a two-run single to center field off the glove of the diving shortstop, making it a 5-1 Grizzlies lead. In the sixth inning, Mark Vierling led off with a single, and Jose Alvarez hit a potential double-play ball to second base that was booted for an error by Austin Bost. Abdiel Diaz then crushed a three-run homer to right field, his first long ball of the season, to blow the game open and make the score 8-1.
The Grizzlies capped the scoring in the seventh when Wold came up with a man on base and slammed his second two-run homer of the night. On the next pitch, D.J. Stewart followed with a solo home run of his own, capping the Gateway scoring and making the margin 11-1.
Anthony Calarco would hit a solo shot in the ninth inning for the final 11-2 tally, but it was too little, too late as the Grizzlies blasted their West Division rivals to improve to 13-6 on the season while sending the Otters to their fifth straight defeat. Wold led the offensive assault by going 4-for-4 with two homers, two runs scored, and six RBIs, setting career-highs in hits and runs batted in with the performance.
Gateway will look to extend their win streak to seven in a row in the middle game of the series on Saturday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m., with Ryne Moore getting the start against Evansville southpaw Johan Castillo at Grizzlies Ballpark.

Jason Guerette is the Grizzlies' Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations and the "Voice of the Grizzlies." 2023 will be his second season with the organization, handling lead broadcasting duties on the Grizzlies Media Network as well as being in charge of all team press releases and game-day media materials.

2023 will also be Jason's ninth season in the Frontier League after spending 2014-21 in the same role with the Southern Illinois Miners. Overall, he has broadcasted close to 800 games in the league, including playoffs. During the baseball offseason, he serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for Manhattan College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, with games being seen on ESPN+ among other platforms.

In addition to broadcasting, Jason works as a public address announcer for Seton Hall University women's basketball as well as Columbia University men's and women's basketball. He also spent nine years working "behind the scenes" as a freelance board operator and highlight editor at Westwood One for their coverage of the NFL, NCAA football, and NCAA basketball.

Jason graduated from Seton Hall in 2012 with B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Broadcasting & Visual Media.

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