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Timely hitting and strong pitching clinch series for Grizzlies

Lead off batter Cody Liveay of Gateway draws a first inning walk and would later score against Florence.
Lead off batter Cody Liveay of Gateway draws a first inning walk and would later score against Florence. Special to the News Democrat

The Gateway Grizzlies clinched the three-game series against the Joliet Slammers by a final score of 7-2.

Gateway starter Will Landsheft set the tone by striking out the side in the first and retiring the first six batters he faced. Landsheft celebrated his 25th birthday bypitching seven strong innings. He allowed two runs (both earned) while striking out seven to get the win, improving his season record to 4-7.

Landsheft gave up a sacrifice groundout in the third inning to give Joliet the lead, but the Grizzlies responded in their half of the third from left fielder Terry McClure with a two-out infield single. Designated hitter Cody Livesay followed with a two-run double to right field to give Gateway a 3-1 lead.

Joliet scored a run in the fifth to cut the lead to one, but Gateway answered with an insurance run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-2.

Brent Sakurai laced an RBI single through the middle of the infield in the seventh inning.

Joliet was shut out through the final four innings of the game.

Gateway will begin another three-game series against the Washington Wild Things beginning Friday night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. All the action can be heard on the Grizzlies Media Network.

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