For a high school coach, seniors and experience hopefully equals win. John Fenske’s GMLOK softball team had all three the first week of the season. Lindsay Welch (1-3, HR, RBI, 2 R) hit her first varsity home run, Gretchen Corson was 3-for-5 (2B) with 4 RBIs, as GMLOK beat PEM 13-5. Kori Kruegel (3-4, 2B, 3 R) and Alayna Meskill (7 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, Win) were also big help to the Bulldog cause. A couple nights later, always-solid W-K came to town. The Falcons seemingly fired the first shot, as Olivia Passe blasted a ball over the fence with two on base. But she didn’t touch home plate. She got a 2-run triple and was ruled out. The lead was just 2-0. Down 2-1, the Bulldogs had their inning in the fourth. An early Falcon error (dropped relay at second base) opened the door for a well-executed four-run frame. GMLOK led 5-2 after four. Senior pitcher Alayna Meskill toughed through a solid Falcon line-up. Seven of nine W-K stranded runners were left in scoring position. Ahead 2-0 in the third, W-K had runners on second and third with zero out. But Meskill atoned for an error by striking out the side. W-K had the same situation in the sixth with two out, but a line-out to Welch in right ended their last threat. GMLOK prevailed 6-3. Corson (1-1, 2 BB, 2 R) led-off two innings with walks, scoring both times. Hattie Voigt had two hits (2-3, 2B, R), Welch (1-3, 2B) two RBI ground-outs. Meskill (7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 K, 3 BB) got the win. It was only the Bulldogs second win (1-0 in 2015) in 13 meetings with W-K since 2007. GMLOK then beat St. Charles for just the fourth time in 17 meetings (since 2007). Jocelyn Voeltz (2-4, two 2Bs) and Gracie Schmidt (1-3, R) each contributed 3 RBIs. Courtney Schmidt (1-3) added a couple RBIs and a couple runs. GMLOK had an okay seven hits, but racked up nine walks. Meskill (7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) ran her record to 3-0. The Bulldogs are 3-0. It’s their first 3-0 start since prior to 2007 (prior to becoming GMLOK).
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