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Opening Day: Bulldogs & Gophers go MLB-way

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
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High school baseball games are (scheduled to be) 7 inning affairs. The GMLOK and Chatfield baseball squads decided to act like pros for their first game of the season. They went 9 innings, flirted with darkness-induced suspension, but in the end a verdict was sealed, at the very last moment.

The Gophers jumped ahead early, 2-0 after two innings, 4-2 after four (4-3 after five). In the top of the sixth, the visiting Bulldogs utilized a couple walks, a couple Gopher miscues (one error, one wild pitch), and a couple hits, the biggest a 2-run single by junior 3B Marshall Oeltjen, to score four runs (all with 2 outs). GMLOK took their first lead 7-4.

It remained that way until the bottom of the seventh, where the Gophers utilized three walks and a couple of Bulldog errors to score three runs (the last courtesy of a wild pitch). They tied the game without a hit in the inning.

Eleven men came up, and eleven went down in extra frames (2 2/3 innings), leaving Chatfield to their last out (the game was to be suspended). Mitch Narveson then ‘took one for the team’ (got hit by a pitch). Leadoff man, second basemen Zach Eggers fell behind 1-and-2 before fouling off six straight pitches. The 10th pitch was wild, allowing Narveson to take second. The eleventh was spanked through the hole in the right side of the infield. Eggers’ single plated the winning run; giving the Gopher’s the dramatic victory. The end was fitting, as Narveson (2-2, 2B, 2 BB’s, HBP, 3 R’s, RBI, reached safely in all five plate-appearances) and Eggers (3-6, SB, RBI) were the Gophers to best offensive weapons.

Jake Neis was also very busy, going 1 for 2 but reaching three times via walk. Nate Skare got the win, facing three and setting down three in the top of the 9th. Trenton Bleifus took the loss (4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 3 R’s, 6 K’s, 5 BB’s). Bleifus did do his part at the plate, going 3-5 with an RBI, a SB, and a run-scored. Oeltjen (2 RBI’s, SB) and Trevor Gomer each went 2-5. Sam Eberle was 1 for 4, but scored two runs and stole two bases. The Bulldogs had seven thefts as a team. Chatfield used four pitchers and was out-hit 11 to 7.

Game Two, Skare & Gophers 2-0

Sophomore pitcher Nate Skare’s hurling abilities were only needed briefly in the season opener (versus GMLOK). Two days later, he took the mound as the starter against northern rival Dover-Eyota. He worked much longer. He was impressive. Skare relinquished just one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out nine (at least one in every inning) and walked none. Offensively, he helped himself, chopping a two-run single up the middle in the first inning. Those runs would prove enough for a Gopher victory.

They weren’t all that crossed home plate Brian Baum’s club.

Chatfield broke open a 2 to 1 contest in the fifth inning. A 2-run double to the right field wall by Tyler Lund was the (inning and game’s) biggest blast. Mitch Irish and Colin Maki also notched RBI’s, giving the Goph’s a 6-1 edge. They added three more in the sixth inning (two courtesy of a Jason Kappers single). A close game most of the way ended with Chatfield winning 9 to 1. They improved their record to 2-0. Skare owns both pitching victories.

In addition to the above efforts, two-hole hitter Jake Neis went 2 for 3 with a walk, a SB, and three runs scored. In addition to Skare’s 9 K’s, Tyler Lund added two giving the team 11 (with only 1 BB). Dover-Eyota, by contrast, had five BB’s (and a hit-batsmen) with only 2 strikeouts. All of Chatfield’s runs scored with 2 outs.



•Lyle/Pacelli 3, Mabel-Canton 2 (M-C: Donnie Lind 2-3, SB; Gabe Lind 1-4, 2B, RBI. L/P: Jonah Rohne 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 5 BB’s, 8 K’s, Win. Cougars issued nine walks and committed four errors (to L/P’s 5 and 2))


•Southland 0, Rushford-Peterson 6 (R-P: Cale Stensgard 1-3, 2B, RBI, 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s, Win; Jon Koenen 2-3, RBI; Ethan Wilkemeyer/Zach Ansell 2B and RBI each. Trojans scored five runs in bottom of third)


•St. Charles 8, GMLOK 5 (GMLOK: S. Eberle 2-3, 2B, RBI, R, SB; Noah Schlee 2-3, RBI, R; Perry Stejskal 2-4, RBI, R; Jacob Rindels 2-4. SC: Reese Glover 2-4, 2 2B’s, 4 RBI’s. Bulldogs jumped out 3-0 in 2nd, but gave up 4-run 3rd. Trailed rest of the way)



•GMLOK 0, Wabasha-Kellogg 12; 5 innings (GMLOK: Sydney Johnson 1-2, 3B; W-K Jordan Wolfe 2-3, 2B, GS-HR, 4 RBI’s; Sophie Lamey 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB’s, 3 K’s, Win)


•M-C 4, P-E-M 10 (M-C: Hannah Nolte 2-4, RBI. P-E-M: Andrea Fick 3-4, 3 RBI’s. M-C trailed 3-2 heading to bottom of sixth. Bulldogs scored 7 runs, icing the game)

Girls Golf


•Caledonia/Spring Grove 203, Kingsland Inc, (K: Karli Bly 58. C/SG: Katie McCarthy 47, Jennifer Ely 49, Paige Lanen 52, Katie Meyer 55. At par 36 Root River Country Club)

Track and Field


Rushford-Peterson/Houston Quadrangular

•Boys (R-P/H 74, L/FC/M-C 70, Caledonia/Spring Grove 68, La Crescent 53)

•County 1st place finishers: Dalton Mensink, R-P/H (200-meters, 300-hurdles, Long Jump); Monty Holm, L/FC/M-C (800-meters); Ryan Ruberg, R-P/H (3,200-meters); Gabe Decker, L/FC/M-C (Pole Vault); Dan Thorson, R-P/H (Triple Jump); Isaiah Bunke, R-P/H (Shot Put); L/FC/M-C 4x400 team (Andy Coyle/G. Decker/Brandon Breitsprecher/Erik Peterson). Other Notables: Niko Anderson, L/FC/M-C (2nd at 200-meters, 3rd at 100-meters), Casey McLellan, R-P/H (2nd at 400-meters, 5th at 100-meters)

•Girls (R-P/H 81, La Crescent 80, C/SG 67, L/FC/M-C 41)

•County 1st place finishers: Belle Sand, L/FC/M-C (Long Jump); Adria Timm, R-P/H (Shot Put); Olivia Haug, L/FC/M-C (Discus); R-P/H 4x200 team (Jordan Honken/Erika Hinz/Amy Todd/Christina Strapp). B. Sand finished 2nd in the high jump, 3rd in the 100-meters, and was on 2nd place 4x100 team. O. Haug finished second at Shot Put. A. Todd was second at 2nd at 200-meters. Other Notables: Sierra McNamer, R-P/H (2nd at 110-hurdles, 3rd at 300-hurdles); Jordyn Goree, R-P/H (2nd at Long Jump, 4th at 100-meters)


Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invite

•Boys (P-E-M 274, Red Wing 151, Chatfield 92, Hayfield 68, Medford 65, Kingsland 15, Lyle/Pacelli 8)

*Neither Kingsland nor Chatfield had a boys 1st place finisher.

•Gopher 2nd place finishers: Nick Haffner (100-hurdles, 300-hurdles); Jayme LaPlante (Discus); the 4x800 team (Josh Johnson/Alex Paulson/Justin Friedrich/Evan McLaughlin). Other Notables: J. LaPlante was also 3rd in the Shot Put and on the 3rd place 4x100 team. J. Johnson & N. Haffner were also on the 3rd place 4x400 team. Bradee Brundridge was 4th in the Long Jump, on the 3rd place 4x200 & 4x100 teams. Adam Amy (Chatfield) was 4th in the Shot Put & Discus.

•Girls (P-E-M 237.5, Chatfield 135, Medford 94.5, Red Wing 87, Hayfield 51, Kingsland 39, L/P 14)

•Gopher 1st place finishers: Ashley Baker (200-meters); Maddie Talamantes (300-hurdles); Karen Gomez (1,600-meters); Kyndra Neis (Shot Put & Discus); the 4x100 team (A. Baker/Maddie Kammer/Autum Erickson/Sydney Gould); the 4x200 team (A. Baker/M. Kammer/A. Erickson/Mariah Bell); the 4x400 team (Camille Rasmussen/K. Gomez/M. Bell/M. Kammer); the 4x800 team (Alex Duxbury/C. Rasmussen/Haley Woltz/Kayla Woltz). Knight 1st place finishers: Lacey Schwartz (100-meters). Gopher 2nd place finishers: A. Erickson (200-meters); H. Woltz (800-meters); K. Woltz (3,200-meters); M. Kammer (High Jump). Other Notables: L. Schwartz (Kingsland) also took 3rd in the 200-meters, 4th in the Long Jump, and was on the 3rd place Knight 4x200 squad. M. Talamantes (Chatfield) also took 3rd in the 100-hurdles.

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