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SB play-offs: Chatfield in section final

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
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Three Not The Charm

The first two county squads to take the field for play-off softball action learned something; the third time is not the charm. Mabel-Canton (#8, 3-13) hosted Hope Lutheran (#9, 3-11). In the first inning, Patriot Tiahia Aune hit a 2-run inside-the-park HR. The Coug’s response: 11 unanswered runs. Sophomore catcher Lydia Geving accounted for over half her team’s RBI’s. She ended with a nifty 3-4, 5 RBI, 2 R, SB day. Bailey Hanson (2-4, R, SB) drove in three runs. One-two hitters Abby Hanson (3-4, RBI, SB) and Hannah Nolte (0-1, 3 BB’s) each scored three times as M-C downed HL for the third time this year 13-3 in five. Kristina Mengis (7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB) pitched well in victory.

In Spring Valley, four-seed GMLOK (8-11) hosted 5-seed PEM (6-14) in 1AA East action, despite Mother Nature (similar 1A contests were postponed). It was back and forth: 1-0 PEM, 1-1 tie, 3-1 PEM, 3-3 tie, 5-3 GMLOK, 7-5 PEM courtesy of a Catherine DeVetter Grand Slam HR, 7-7 tie. In the bottom of the 6th, Haley Colton led off with a 2B. A wild pitch and an Emily Schlitter RBI-groundout later gave GMLOK an 8-7 lead, which held. For the third time on the season GMLOK’s Bulldogs beat PEM’s Bulldogs. Schlitter got the win (final 3 1/3 innings, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB’s). Colton (2-4, 2B, SB, 2 R), Steph Russell (2-4, SB, R), and Hannah Corson (2-3, 3 RBI) supplied the offense.

Wet Week…

With every 1A East Thursday game postponed due to rain, the games were played Friday. Eight-seed M-C (4-13) bowed to 1-seed L-A (18-2) 11-0 in 5 innings. The Cougars end 2012 with a 4-14 record. In Wabasha, things were much closer between the 4th seeded Falcons (11-9) and 5th seeded R-P (10-10). W-K squeaked out a 3-2 victory, ending the Trojans season at 10-11. In Chatfield, the 2nd seeded Gophers (15-5) and 7th seeded FC/L Falcons (7-12) continued with the ‘third not a charm’ theme. Chatfield scored the first seven runs. A 2-run triple by Jordan O’Connor and a subsequent 2-run HR by Alex Peterson crept the Falcons closer (7-4). The Goph’s cemented it in the 6th though, scoring six runs. Katie Jech’s third hit (3-4), second RBI, started it. MaKenzie Miller’s 2-run single capped her great day (3-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 3 R). Sarah Costello (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) then hit her 5th HR of the year, a two-run shot, capping the inning. The Gophers took out FC/L for the third time this season, 13-7. FC/L ends the season at 7-14.

…Soggy Saturday

GMLOK (9-11) moved on to face 1-seed Spring Grove-Caledonia (17-2) in one 1AA East semi in St. Charles. They fell 3-0, ending their season at 9-12. Chatfield (16-5) moved on to face 3-seed Houston (12-9) in one 1A East semi in Lewiston.

The contest began around 11:00 AM, but then rain. Around 3:00, the game resumed, Houston leading 6-5 thru 5 ½. In the bottom of the 7th, with the ‘Cane’s still clinging, Erin Bradt led-off with a double off the left-center fence. Sidney Irish then doubled off the right fielder’s glove, scoring pinch runner Janessa Erding (6-6).

Kirsten Keefe then grounded to pitcher Abbey Loken. Irish forced the issue, heading from 2nd to 3rd. Loken forced the issue trying to throw her out. The ball and Irish went opposite ways; the first down the left field line, the later to home with the winning run.

In four-hours-plus, Chatfield downed Houston 7-6. Seventh inning heroines Irish (3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 3 R) and Bradt (2-2) led the way, accounting for five of eight Goph’ hits. Loken (2-4, 2B, RBI/7 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Kalene Hill (3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R) had five of seven ‘Cane hits. Katie Jech (13-2) got the win.

The Gophers (17-5) moved on to the 1A East title game with 20-2 L-A (who downed W-K 8-0 in their semi). The third time, again, was not the charm. Lewiston notched a 7-1 victory. They got big jacks from Natalie Kalmes (3-4, 3B, HR, RBI, 2 R, SB) and Brooke Schilling (1-2, HR, 2 RBI). Five of their nine hits were of the extra base variety. Chatfield had just four hits, as Schilling, for a third time, defeated the Gophers (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 7 K, 2 BB, Win). Both teams advanced to the Sectional ‘Final Four.’

Helpful Errors, Big Blasts, and Katie Jech

Chatfield got West S-S runner-up Kenyon-Wanamingo (12-11) in the loser-out game. The Gophers pressed their luck with the loser and out part. They trailed 3-2 heading to the bottom of the 7th. But Kirsten Keefe reached via error, and Katie Jech followed with a single. When the ball went thru the left fielder’s legs, pinch runner Janessa Erding came around to score the tying run. An inning later, Sarah Costello walked. Candace Gould followed with a swinging bunt hit. Erin Bradt then drilled her second big pinch hit of the post-season, a hard grounder up the middle that plated Costello for the 4-3 walk-off victory. Tori Woltz (1-2) drove in the other two Gopher runs with a double in the 4th.

By virtue of an L-A loss to #7 in A Blooming Prairie (2-1 in 8 innings), it was #5 Card’s vs. #10 Goph’s Part IV. With Lewiston entering immediately off a defeat, and Chatfield immediately off a win, and with the first holding a 3-0 record versus the second, the deck wasn’t necessarily in the Card’s favor. Then Sarah Costello played an ace. She smacked her 6th HR of the year, a 3-run blast (3-0 Chatfield) in the 2nd inning. Then Tori Woltz played an ace, a solo HR (7) in the 4th. With a 5-0 lead thru 3 ½, the rest of the game fell on the shoulders of standout (14-2 record) senior pitcher Katie Jech. She battled a truly offensive L-A line-up. The only run she relinquished through six was a solo HR to Natalie Kalmes in the 5th. In the 7th, Jech had to fight one last time; retire the top of L-A’s order, preserve her team’s 5-1 lead. The first two batters reached (1B, BB), but then a soft line-out, then a huger-than-huge strikeout of 10+ HR clean-up hitter Danielle Harstad.

Taylor Daley fought her way (10 pitches) to an RBI single, making it 5-2. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, two out, Jech won the final encounter, the war. On a full count, she got Miranda Weilandt to softly line a ball into foul territory wide of third.

Eighth grader Megan LaPlante made a great diving catch to send the Gophers (19-6) into euphoria. They picked the biggest game to finally solve the Brooke Schilling/L-A puzzle. By a final of 5-2, they moved on to the Section championship game with Blooming Prairie. Jech threw 157 pitches (1 ER, 5 H, 13 K’s) in truly earning her 15th victory of the year.



•Game 1; L-A 13, GMLOK 3 (GMLOK: Trenton Bleifus 1-2, RBI, R, SB. L-A: Zach Nelson 7 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, Win) > Game 2; L-A 13, GMLOK 7 (GMLOK: Jacob Rindels 2-3, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Quinn Larson 0-0, 4 BB, 3 SB, R. L-A: Z. Nelson 3-4, 2 RBI, 3 R; Ryan Gnadt 3-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI)

•PEM 11, FC/L 1; 5 innings (FCL: Dan Gatzke 1-2 (teams only hit); team committed 8 errors)

•R-P 1, W-K 11; 5 innings (R-P: Eric Courrier 1-2, RBI. W-K: Hunter Baab 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R)

•M-C 1, South Winneshiek 10


•Chatfield 8, PEM 9 (C: Justin Viss 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R. PEM: Jack Ihrke 2-4, 3 RBI, 3 SB. Gophers led 8-7 heading to bottom of 7th. A leadoff walk and a 2B tied the game. With one out and the bases loaded (BB’s), Bulldog Aaron Grobe won the game with a walk-off single)

•R-P 0, St. Charles 3 (SC: Tyler Storm 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K, Win. Errors: Trojans 4, Saints 1)

•FC/L 7, L-A 17; 5 innings (FCL: Tyler Eickhoff 3-3, 2B, 2 R, SB; Nick Powell 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI. L-A: Z. Nelson 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB; R. Gnadt 2-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R)


•Houston 14, M-C 11 (Cougars finish regular season 4-8, 5-15)



•S-S 1A East Meet (Boys Team: *W-K 320, *Lanesboro 327, FC 333, Houston 351, R-P 354, L-A 362, Kingsland 381. Girls Team: *L-A 363 (won 1st via 5th score tie-breaker), *W-K 363, Lanesboro 369, FC 407, Kingsland 453, Houston 524. Asterisked teams advanced to Section meet)

•Boys Top 6 (qualify for Section meet): Fletcher Blaschko (W-K) 77, Braden Hanson (L) 78, Alec Pierce (W-K) 79, Cory Strom (L) 79, Liam Dorn (L) 80, Nic Schmit (W-K) 80. Other Section Qualifiers: Spencer Klevan (K), Mitch Johnson (FC), Ryan Mayer ( FC), Andy Todd (FC), Peter Rislove (FC), Charlie Krambeer (R-P), Hudson Stensgard (R-P). Meet held at Coffee Mill Golf Course (Wabasha).

•Girls Top 5 (All qualify for section meet): Kaitlynn Hennessy (L-A) 81, Courtney Sill (W-K) 87, Alyssa Hartert (W-K) 87, Karli Bly (K) 87, Elli Hennessy (L-A) 87, Other Section Qualifiers: Johanna Bearson (L), Kiah Halvorson (L), Paige Hungerholt (L), Katie Tammel (FC), Bryn Harmon (L), Jessie Tammel (FC), Laura Donney (FC), Keeley Todd (FC), Sam Trende (FC). Meet held at The Bluffs and Coffee Mill (Wabasha).


•Sub-Section 1AA East Meet (Chatfield’s Morgan Henry qualified for the girls section meet)

Track and Field


•S-S 1A East (Individual) Meet (Boys Team: Cotter (163), La Crescent (113), Chatfield (109), R-P/H 101, L/FC 90, C-SG 86, Kingsland 15. Girls Team: LC 144, Chatfield 129, C-SG 113, R-P/H 112.5, W-C 105.5, L/FC 47, Kingsland 37)

•Boys Sectional Qualifiers: R-P/H > Dalton Mensink - 300 hurdles (1st), Long Jump (1st), 100 (3rd), & 200 (3rd); Dan Thorson - Triple Jump (1st); Hans Lundberg - Discus (2nd); Casey McLellan - 400 (3rd); Ryan Ruberg - 3200 (3rd); Zach Thelen - Pole Vault (3rd-tie); Jordan Agrimson - Pole Vault (3rd-tie); Tyler McLellan - Long Jump (3rd); the 4x100 (2nd C. McLellan/T. McLellan/Tristan Dahl/Noah Carlson). Chatfield > Jayme LaPlante - Discus (1st) & Shot Put (2nd); Nick Haffner - 110 & 300 hurdles (2nd, 2nd); Josh Johnson - 800 (2nd); Tyler Wondrow - High Jump (2nd); the 4x100 (3rd-Jeremy Benike/Dakota Martin/Tyler Grover/LaPlante); the 4x200 (3rd-Benike/Martin/Matt Salerno/Bradee Brundridge); the 4x400 (2nd-Brundridge/Salerno/Benike/J. Johnson); the 4x800 (4th-Alex Paulson/Justin Friedrich/Anthony Voight/J. Johnson). L/FC > Gabe Decker - Pole Vault (1st); Chris Collett - 1600 (3rd); Tanner Ristau - 100 (4th); Erik Peterson - 800 (4th); the 4x100 (1st-Andrew Coyle/Marcus Tucker/Niko Anderson/Ristau); the 4x200 (2nd-Coyle/Daulton Gartner/Tucker/Anderson); the 4x800 (3rd-Brandon Breitsprecher/Zach Case/Quentin Case/Nathaniel Harrison).

•Girls Sectional Qualifiers: R-P/H > Adria Timm - Discus (2nd) & Shot Put (3rd); Kate MacKenzie - 110 hurdles (3rd) & 300 hurdles (4th); Jordan Honken - Pole Vault (1st); Cody Manfull - Pole Vault (2nd); Jordyn Goree - Long Jump (2nd); the 4x100 (2nd-Amy Todd/Anna Ross/Anna Sweet/Goree); the 4x200 (2nd-Erika Hinz/Ross/Manfull/Todd). Chatfield > Maddy Kammer - 200 (1st); Karen Gomez - 1600 (1st) & 3200 (2nd); Kayla Woltz - 3200 (1st) & 1600 (2nd); Kyndra Neis - Shot Put (1st) & Discus (1st); Maddie Talamantes - 300 hurdles (2nd); Ashley Baker - 100 (3rd); Mariah Bell - 400 (3rd); the 4x100 & 4x200 teams (both 1st, Erin Kammer/Baker/Autum Erickson/M. Kammer); the 4x400 (3rd-Talamantes/Camille Rasmussen/H. Woltz/Bell). L/FC: Alisa Warnes - High Jump (3rd). Kingsland: Lacey Schwartz - 100 (2nd) & 200 (2nd); Marissa Bornholdt - Pole Vault (3rd).

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