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Todd Rose | Daily Press Gladstone’s Ryan Polley celebrates as he crosses home plate against Dickinson County Thursday in Gladstone during the opening day of the American Legion Zone Tournament.

Indians fall to Greens late | News, Sports, Jobs

With a runner — Blake Julian — on base, Ian Anderson, the startin pitcher, stepped into the batter’s box and wallopped the ball over the centerfield fence for a two-run walk-off home run to win the game. Tensions reached a boiling point in the bottom of the fifth when a meeting with both managers was called behind home plate by the home plate umpire.

“Our team always struggles a little bit with the first round of hitting for some reason,” said North Dickinson manager Paul Julian. “I knew they’d come back and start to hit. But, the way the momentum kept switching, it was a high tension game.” GLADSTONE — Momentum shifted back and forth between the North Dickinson Greens and Gladstone Indians but ultimately ended in favor of the Greens in the bottom of the seventh as they won 6-5 Thursday night in Gladstone on opening day of the American Legion Zone Tournament.

Both managers said afterward the meeting helped cool things off between the two teams. “Danny (home plate umpire) did a good job pulling us in and reminding us that we’re friends.”

“I think there’s always tension between these two teams. There was tension from high school season and it bleeds over to here,” Kwarciany said. “Both teams wanted it, and both teams did everything to win tonight. For us, it was just a matter of wanting to get a win on our home field.” “We had a little talk after the high fives,” said Paul Julien. “(Kwarciany) said, ‘high tensions,’ and I said, ‘It’s ok. Every time we step on this field or you step on ours or we go to someone else’s, we’re different out on the field.’ We want the passion for our kids and at the end of the day, we’re all friends still.

Gladstone drew first blood in the match-up with Nick Martin hitting a double down the left-field line to drive in Mason LaChance. “We had a little talk after the high fives,” said Paul Julien. “(Kwarciany) said, ‘high tensions,’ and I said, ‘It’s ok. Every time we step on this field or you step on ours or we go to someone else’s, we’re different out on the field.’ We want the passion for our kids and at the end of the day, we’re all friends still.

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