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Post-Season All The Time


Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro’s Andy Love crosses home plate, and Dan Gatzke (background) would minutes later. The Falcons scored four runs in the first inning on Chatfield. They then held on for an upset 7 to 3 victory. FC/L then pulled another upset, downing Lewiston-Altura a few days later to move on to the Section ‘Final Four’ in Austin. Photo by Paul Trende

Softball shortcomings

With three of Fillmore County’s teams being, at the very least, competitive, one could’ve expected that the 2013 1A-East softball tournament would be highlighted by the efforts of Chatfield, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro, and/or Rushford-Peterson. But in softball (baseball), hitting is contagious. Errors too, seemingly, are the same way. Pitching is also a wild-card variable. County teams found themselves on the wrong end of each of those factors. It got started badly right away.

Two-seed FC/L rode pitcher Morgan Malley to a 13-3 record in the regular season. Lewiston-Altura (5-13), the 7-seed and defending Sub-Section champs (mostly depleted of last season’s stars), weren’t impressed. The Card’s chalked up nine singles over the final four innings. A 4-run 4th inning was big. FC/L’s offense was a big dud (two hits and neither got past L-A pitcher Ashley Beyer). With Beyer throwing a 2-hitter and striking out eight, the Falcons season ended (at 13-4) with a 5-1 defeat. Malley stuck out 10 and was 1-2 at the plate with two walks. Jordan O’Connor drove in the lone FC/L run.

Five-seed Rushford-Peterson (10-8) wasn’t in any position to get upset. They were the higher seed versus #4 Wabasha-Kellogg (11-6). But, the Trojans couldn’t pull off the mild upset either. R-P built a 5-0 lead after two, only for it to completely evaporate courtesy of a 5-run W-K third inning. The Falcons then scored two in the 4th and held the lead to win 8-6. Kendra Crawford (2B, 2 R, SB), Jodi Eggert (RBI, 2 R), and Kori Iverson (RBI) each went 2-4 for the Trojans, who finish the season just above .500 (10-9).

In 1AA action, 7-seed GMLOK’s season came to an end at the hands of 2-seed Spring Grove-Caledonia (13-7) and star pitcher Samantha Bratland. The Bulldogs recorded just one hit versus the sophomore hurler, a Courtney Schmidt single. Bratland also went 4-4 at the plate and drove in a pair of runs and the Lions got the 10-0 5-inning win. GMLOK’s season ends at 3-17.

The top-seeded Chatfield Gophers (16-2) were the only county softball team to pull out a post-season win. They scored eight runs in the first two innings versus 8-seed Mabel-Canton (3-10), and then ended things in the bottom of the 6th for a 10-0 victory. Sidney Irish was 2-2 and reached base safely all four times. Kirsten Keefe was 1-3 and drove in three runs. Maddy Larrabie and Candace Gould were each 2- .....
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R-P sees conflict with Junior Olympic volleyball

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Sports

The R-P school district has no connection with JO volleyball, which runs for several months in the spring, and has not hindered the formation of a league in the community. As a non-school sponsored activity, Superintendent Chuck Ehler acknowledges h ..... 
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Softball Supremacy

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende One thing is certain this spring sports season in Fillmore County, as it pertains to ‘ball’ clubs. The girls have a leg up on the boys. With the softball regular season complete, and baseball in its last week, it appears as if ..... 
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Catch-up week

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende A Baseball Bonanza There was a bevy of county-related baseball action going on starting Monday May 6th. Fillmore Central/Lanesboro entertained Rushford-Peterson. It was a back-and-forth game. FC/L jumped out 3-0 (after one). R ..... 
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Mother Nature makes a comeback

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende Gopher Softball Starts 8-0 Thru five games of the season, the Chatfield softball girls really hadn’t had too much to sweat about. Short of a contest with Plainview-Elgin-Millville (where the Goph’s led just 1-0 after four; they ..... 
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Making up for lost time

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende With it suddenly going from wintry 30 and 40-degree temperatures with snow/rain mixes, to late spring 70-degree days with bountiful sunshine, spring sports finally got (mostly) started. With it being midway thru the season already, ..... 
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A Spring Sports Smattering

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende Team Mother Nature is no longer undefeated. Multiple county baseball and softball teams finally had their openers (golf is still waiting). They didn’t get much further into their season than an opener though. The weather was go ..... 
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Lack of Spring brings sports siesta

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende April is vastly dwindling away. Rescheduled athletic events are quickly piling up. Area activities directors are hurriedly turning May into a jam-packed month for Fillmore County’s spring sports teams. Thus far, virtually the on ..... 
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Third annual boys all-county team (Assisted greatly by Bill Bentson’s Three Rivers Conference Stats)

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende 1st Team Kole Ruud (5’11” junior G, Lanesboro) Of the Burros three big-scorers (Peterson, Rogers), Ruud was the best, the most difficult to defend. He could do it from deep (68 made 3-pointers at a 40% clip), beat his guy off th ..... 
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