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Gopher baseball wins TRC south


Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Chatfield baseball came into the last (full) week of the regular season in the TRC South driver’s seat (up one game, two left). The first of those contests was a re-match with Southland. Chatfield (#12 in Class A) now sits in the king’s thrown as South champs. The Gophers went to Adams and beat the 5th ranked Rebels. Chatfield finally rolled out senior Nate Skare (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K). Drew Hurley then pitched (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K). By the time he finished, Chatfield led 1-0. T.J. Moechnig doubled in the fifth. His courtesy runner, Payton Lund, scored after a sac but and an error. Lund again matriculated around the bases in the seventh to give third pitcher, Tommy Jech, an insurance run. Jech closed the door for the save. The Gophers prevailed 2-0. Ethan Woltz (2-3, 3 SB) and Ben Pierce (2-2, 2B) had two hits. Hurley got the win, the Gopher’s ninth straight. Chatfield’s team ERA dropped to 1.38 (20 ER in 15 games). Trent Reinertz was 3-4 (2B) for Southland. Isaac Kloeckner (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took the loss. The Gophers then beat GMLOK to go a perfect 10-0 in the TRC South (14-2 overall).

Falcon Softball Steals Two, Earns One

A lot was on the line as #9 FC/L (6-2, 10-2) softball took on Chatfield (7-1, 12-4) in a doubleheader. For the Gophers, a pair of wins meant a share of the TRC South (with C-SG). Each team fought for 1A East’s top seed. A couple contests with dramatic endings ensued. In game one, Chatfield used small ball, and a Kirsten Keefe 2-run single, to take a first inning 2-0 lead. Junior pitcher Brook Irish then controlled FC/L’s line-up. A Taylor Pierce-Sprenger sixth inning singled ended a no hit bid. She later scored on a Megan Hendrickson RBI single (2-1). In the seventh, Chatfield had FC/L down to its last out. Kaitlynn Aug then doubled. Pinch-runner Kayla Leiding went to third on a passed ball. Freshman Haley Polin, on a 3-2 count, tied the game with an RBI single. Morgan Malley followed with a single. Pierce-Sprenger then hit a sharp line-drive thru the glove of normally sure-fielding shortstop Sidney Irish. Polin scored to give FC/L the lead. Chatfield got Sidney to third in the bottom, but a couple ground-outs ended it. FCL pilfered game one 3-2. Malley got the win (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). Pierce-Sprenger was 1-2 (R, 2 BB, ROE). Keefe was 2-3 (both RBI) and Brook went the distance (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 4 BB) for Chatfield.

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Gopher baseball seizes south

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

One baseball team stands alone atop the Three Rivers South, the Chatfield Gophers. Brian Baum’s crew swept R-P in one ‘baseball’ doubleheader. In game one, Nate Skare (2-run single), Tommy Jech (2-run double), and Ethan Woltz (RBI-single) g ..... 
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Athlete of the Week - Drew Hurley

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Sports

It was a routine out in most games. But Drew Hurley's bloop-single over a drawn in infield was more than routine. It plated Payton Lund, giving Chatfield a 2-1 win in the bottom of the seventh over #2 Southland, handing the Rebels their first loss. ..... 
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Gopher baseball seizes south

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende One baseball team stands alone atop the Three Rivers South, the Chatfield Gophers. Brian Baum’s crew swept R-P in one ‘baseball’ doubleheader. In game one, Nate Skare (2-run single), Tommy Jech (2-run double), and Ethan Wo ..... 
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Viss and Bartels: Wrestling Coaches of the Year

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

On Saturday April 26, at the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame Banquet, Chatfield’s Joel Viss and Travis Bartels were bestowed lofty honors. Viss was named State Coach of the Year. Bartels was name State Assistant Coach of the Y ..... 
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Malley-led FC/L softball starts 6-0

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro’s softball player Morgan Malley is well-known for her pitching talents. But over a two-day span versus R-P in a doubleheader, and then against W-K, the junior was massive everywhere. She helped her senior-less team to ..... 
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Track teams win at Lewiston

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

For the second straight week, all four county track and field teams participated in the same meet. Two programs walked away with respective first place finishes. Nine days after Chatfield’s boys won the Chatfield invite, R-P/H’s boys and L/FC/M- ..... 
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Spring sports start in Chatfield

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

It doesn’t happen too often that a school hosts three varsity sporting activities all in the same day. To kick off the spring season, Chatfield did the honors. The baseball and softball teams hosted GMLOK in a trio of lopsided affairs. Gopher trac ..... 
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Spring Sports Preview

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Baseball Preview Last year’s baseball season ended with upstart Fillmore Central/Lanesboro making a surprise trip to Austin. They were the last county ‘ball’ team standing. But the Falcons, and four of the other five Fillmore County Journal co ..... 
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