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Reversal of fortunes

Mon, May 28th, 2012
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One week after dropping three-straight, the Chatfield Gopher’s baseball team did an about-face. Against Southland, it was not pretty. Chatfield pitching surrendered 13 hits and two walks. Their defense committed four errors. Southland stranded 12 runners. Rebel pitching gave up 11 hits, eight walks, and hit four batters. Their defense committed five errors. The Gophers left 11 on base. Chatfield never trailed but squandered 3-0 and 6-2 leads. Rebel Tyler Kressin’s RBI single in the top of the 7th sent the game to extra innings tied at eight. In the bottom of the 8th, the Gophers got the anti-climatic walk-off win.

With the bases juiced, Mitch Narveson stepped to the plate and on the very first pitch, took it for the team. His hit-batsmen gave the Gophers the 9-8 victory. Kressin (4-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R) and Mike Goergen (3-5, RBI, R, SB) led the Rebel charge. Four Gophers had two hits led by Zach Eggers (2-5, ROE, 3 R, SB). The game featured only one 1-2-3 inning.

The Gophers then took on 11th ranked W-K. It was more baseball formulaic. Pitchers Jake Neis and Will Greenheck dueled to a zero-zero contest thru six innings. In the top of the 7th, Narveson was more heroic with his heroics. He hit his first HR of the season. Neis and Zach Eggers followed with triple/single. The Gophers scored four in the inning to secure a 4-0 win (avenging an 11-5 loss a week earlier). Neis (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K, 2 BB) got the win, Greenheck (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K) the defeat.

Chatfield then trekked to Preston and took out the Falcons 9 to 2. Tyler Lund (2-5) drove in three runs, Jake Neis (2-5, 2 R, 2B, SB) two. Tyler Eickhoff was 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored for FC/L. The wins moved Chatfield to 13-6, putting them behind PEM (15-3) and W-K (12-5), just ahead of L-A (11-6) and C-SG (11-7). FC/L is 5-12.

Young Pitchers Duel

FC/L’s Morgan Malley and R-P’s Kendra Crawford have pitched the lions-share of the innings for their respective softball teams this year. A freshmen and sophomore, they’ll (likely) pitch (many) more. Each pitched a double-header against each other, throwing well. One came away skunked, the other with two wins. FC/L’s offense came out hitting in game one. Four straight knocks (three 2B’s) to begin the game gave the Falcons the 2-0 lead. R-P got their first runs in the 3rd (two unearned, Crawford RBI single). They jumped ahead 3-2. By the top of the 7th, it was 6-2.

A couple unearned runs allowed FC/L to close the gap to 6-4. With one out, a runner on second, the Falcons had hitters 2 and 3 up, but a fly out and pop out ended it. Crawford (7 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 1 BB, Win) bested Malley (6 IP, 6 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 1 BB, Loss/1-2, 2B, RBI, R). She got help from Jodi Eggert (2-3, R), Jessica Rislov (2-3, RBI), and Kyli Torkelson (1-2, RBI). Jordan O’Connor (2-4, 2 2B’s, RBI) and Alex Peterson (2-3) led FC/L’s ‘O’.

In game two, R-P got two hits to begin the game (Mariah Mueller single, Crawford RBI single). That lone run is all R-P needed. Crawford (7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB, Win/2-3, RBI, 2 SB) again bested Malley (7 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 0 BB, Loss), 2-0. Megan Schossow (1-3) drove in the other R-P run. Kaitlynn Aug and Steph Erickson (2B) each went 2-3 for the Falcons.

Top Heavy

One would’ve thought, with the way the Lewiston-Altura (12-1, 17-2) softball team hits HR’s (30+ plus), and with the way Chatfield (12-1, 15-4) hit HR’s late in the season (nine in six games), with the way each team scored runs period (12 & 9.6/game), that the North-South 1st place Cross-Over game between the #4 and #10 (tie) teams in Class A might be firework-laden. Mother Nature (a gusty wind blowing in) and great competition begged to differ. Not one ball flew fairly over an outfield fence. Hits didn’t come easy, except for Natalie Kalmes (3-4, 2B, SB, 3 R), Allissa Heim (2-4, 2 RBI, courtesy runner 2 R), and Brooke Schilling (2-3, 3B, RBI, 2SB).

The first three hitters in L-A’s order accounted for 7 of the team’s 8 hits, all five runs, and 3 of 4 RBI’s. Chatfield had just three (clean) hits. They did have a big spot. In the bottom of the 5th, trailing 3-2, team RBI (31) and HR (6) leader Tori Woltz came to the plate with two-on and two-out. She took swings with two in scoring position, but popped out. L-A got a pair of insurance runs from there and secured a 5-2 win, their second (5-1 on April 16th) over Chatfield this season.

MaKenzie Miller and Kirsten Keefe drove in the two Gopher runs. Katie Jech took the loss (11-2), but stuck out ten, Schilling the win. It was the first time L-A scored less than 10 runs since April 17 (10-9 loss to R-P: 13 games). A third meeting is highly possible; the teams are the section 1A-East’s top two seeds.



•C-SG 4, R-P 3 (RP: Cale Stensgard 3-4, 2 2B, RBI; Ethan Wilkemeyer 3-3, RBI, R; Zach Ansell 3-4, 2B, RBI; team had 16 hits. CSG: Warriors led 4-2 after two and that turned out to be enough; team had 12 hits)

•Game 1; M-C 7, Houston 3 >> Game 2; M-C 14, Houston 5


•#15 in A L-A 5, R-P 9 (RP: Riley Vitse 3-4, 2B, RBI, Win; E. Wilkemeyer 3-4. Win snaps 7-game slide)

•FC/L 7, St. Charles 6 (FCL: Dan Gatzke 3-4, solo-HR (2), 3 R; Zach Olstad 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R. SC: Kameron Bailey 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 R. Falcons trailed 6-3 after six, got five straight hits including a 2-run 2B from Olstad (tied the game) and a go-ahead RBI single from Ryan Bigalk)


•R-P 10, D-E 19 (Trojans trailed 10-3 early, got to 10-9, but score went South from there. They are 5-13)


•GMLOK 4, PEM 14; 5 innings (GMLOK: Isiah Bubany 2-3, 2 SB, 2 R. ‘Dogs are 1-17)


•Lake City Tourney >> M-C 1, Bethany Acad. 7 >> M-C 1, Lake City 11; 6 innings (Coug’s are 4-6, 5-10)



•D-E 5, GMLOK 3 (GMLOK: Steph Russell 2-3, 2B, RBI, R, SB; Brittany Erding 2-3, RBI, R, SB; team committed 4 errors leading to 3 unearned runs. D-E: Mattie Ostrowski 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB)

•M-C 0, Houston 13; 5 innings (Combo of ‘Cane pitchers combined for no-hitter)

•Game 1, Chatfield 8, Southland 6 (C: M. Miller 3-3, 2 2B’s, HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 R; S. Costello 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI; K. Jech ‘W’ (11-1); trailing 5-4 entering the 7th, Miller doubled home two (6-5 Gophers). Costello followed with a 2-run HR. S: Lindsey Bottema 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Kelli Smith 2-4, 2 RBI. Game 2 Chatfield 16, Southland 3; 5 innings (C: Tori Woltz 2-4, HR (6; 4th in last six games), 5 RBI, 2 R; S. Costello 2-4, HR (4), 3 RBI, 2 R; K. Keefe 2-3, 3 R. S: Haley Kieffer 3-3, 2 2B, RBI. Chatfield completes sweep (8-0) of South division)


•G-E 8, M-C 11 (MC: Lydia Geving 1-3, GS-HR (2), 6 RBI; Abby Hanson 2-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R, SB; Ashlyn Dahl 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R. GE: Madi Ziebell 2-4, 2 3B’s, 3 R. Cougars end regular season with 3-13 mark)


•D-E 4, R-P 5 (RP: Kenzie Lind 2-4, 2B; Keela Brand 2-3. Trojans led 4-1 heading to 7th. Eagles scored three to tie before R-P got walk-off win in bottom of the 7th. Trojans end regular season at 10-10, winning 6 of last 7)

•St. Charles 8, GMLOK 4 (GMLOK: Kailynn Hamersma 3-3, 2B, R, SB; Emily Schlitter 2-4, 2 SB. SC: Megan McCready 7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, Win; a four-run Saint 6th broke a 4-all tie. ‘Dogs ends regular season at 8-11)

•PEM 13, FCL 4 (FCL: J. O’Connor 2-4, RBI; Taylor Case 2 RBI; M. Malley 6 1/3 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 13 R, 1 BB, 10 K, Loss. Score was 7-4 after six. PEM scored six in the 7th, getting back-to-back inside-the-park HR’s from Josie Montgomery & Haley Gudmundson. Falcons: 9 ‘E’s’, 10 UER’s. hey end regular season with a 7-13 mark)



•(B) FC 154, Chatfield 208 (FC: Mitch Johnson 37, Andy Todd 38, Matt Guttormson 39. C: Luke Kappers 40) (G) FC 204, Chatfield 242 (Keeley Todd (FC) 50, Morgan Henry & Paige Isensee (C) 50’s, Jessie Tammel & Laura Donney (FC) 51’s. Par-34 Chosen Valley GC)

•(B) Lanesboro 178, Houston 165 (Kilby Ivers (H) 39, Troy Sires (H) 40, Mitchell Beckman (H) 41, Cory Strom (L) 41) (G) Lanesboro 189, Houston 284 (L: Paige Hungerholt/Johanna Bearson 45’s. Par-35/36 Valley High GC)


•(B) Lanesboro 169, Kingsland 195 (L: Braden Hanson 38, C. Strom 41, Liam Dorn 43. K: Spencer Klevan 46) (G) Lanesboro 191, Kingsland Inc. (L: J. Bearson 42, P. Hungerholt 43, Kiah Halvorson 52. K: Karli Bly 52. Par-36 Root River CC)

•(B) C-SG 162, FC 165 (FC: Peter Rislove 38, M. Johnson 41, A. Todd 42, Trevor Wangen/Ryan Mayer 44’s. C-SG: Hunter Rud/David Guth 40’s, Joey Ehlers/Devin Schiltz 41’s. Par-36 Harmony GC)

•(G) FC 203, La Crescent 233 (FC: L. Donney 49; K. Todd 50. Medalist (47) was from LC)


•Three Rivers Conference Meet (Boys Team: 1st W-K (340), 2nd FC (348). R-P was 5th, Kingsland 9th, & Chatfield Inc. Boys Individual - top five: Devin Schiltz (CSG) 82, R. Mayer (FC) 83, Zach Boehmke (RP) 84, Fletcher Blaschko (WK) 84, Bryan Pierce (WK) 84. FC’s T. Wangen, M. Guttormson & P. Rislove shot 86, 88, & 91. R-P’s Charlie Krambeer & Hudson Stensgard shot 92’s. Kingsland’s Nick Niemeyer shot a 95. Girls Team: 1st C-SG (367), 2nd L-A (374). FC (439) was 4th, Kingsland (460) 5th. Girls Individual: Elli Hennessy (LA) 84 & Katie McCarthy (CSG) 87 were 1-2. K. Bly (K) 100, M. Henry (C) 101, J. Tammel (FC) 107. At Par-71 The Bridges)


•SEC Meet (Boys Team: 1st Houston (334), 2nd Lanesboro (338). Top 5: B. Hanson (L) 76, M. Beckman (H) 78, C. Strom (L) 84, K. Ivers/Sam Ross (H) 85’s. Girls Team: 1st Lanesboro (381), 2nd L/P 494). Top 4: P. Hungerholt 93, J. Bearson 95, K. Halvorson 96, B. Harmon 97 (all from ‘L’). Par-72 Cedar River CC)

Track and Field


•SEC Meet (Boys Team: L/FC/M-C took 1st (135.5) over GM/L-O/S (101). Girls Team: L/FC/M-C took 3rd (59) behind GM/L-O/S (124) & Schaeffer Academy (60). 1st places (B): Tanner Ristau (200), Steven McElmury (110-hurdles), Quentin Case (300-hurdles), Erik Peterson (800), Chris Collett (1600), Gabe Decker (Pole Vault), Marcus Tucker (Long Jump), Isaac Sveen (Discus & Shot Put), the 4x100 (M. Tucker/Andy Coyle/Niko Anderson/T. Ristau), & 4x800 (Nathaniel Harrison/Q. Case/Zach Case/Damon Zutz) teams. (G) Olivia Haug (Shot Put).


•Triton Invite (Team: Byron boys (141) & girls (138) swept 1st, Chatfield boys (79) & girls (110) swept 2nd in 12-team fields. Top Gophers (B): Nick Haffner (2nd 110-hurdles), Alex Paulson (2nd 800), Tyler Wondrow (2nd High Jump), the 4x400 (Bradee Brundridge/Matt Salerno/Jeremy Benike/Alex Haffner) took 2nd. (G): Maddy Kammer (1st 200), Mariah Bell (1st 400, 2nd 200), Maddie Talamantes (1st 300-hurdles), Kyndra Neis (1st Shot Put), Ashley Baker (2nd 100), the 4x100 & 4x200 teams (Erin Kammer/A. Baker/Autum Erickson/M. Kammer) took 1st with a meet and track record, the 4x800 (Karen Gomez/Camille Rasmussen/Haley Woltz/Kayla Woltz) also took 1st, the 4x400 (Talamantes/Rasmussen/H. Woltz/Bell) took 2nd.

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