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Making up for lost time

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
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It might be…it could be…it is…times two. GMLOK center fielder Brittany Erding twice just had to look up and watch as softballs hit by Chatfield 1B Brook Irish left the yard. The Gophers won both games handily and are undefeated (8-0) as of May 1st. Photo by Paul Trende

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, with few games under teams’ belts, there is only one solution when it comes to all the make-up games.

Traditional Double-Headers

By the way the Chatfield Gopher softball team has started the year, one would think it is mid-season. Their bats are in mid-season form. They, thus far, aren’t missing last year’s (graduated) power threats, Tori Woltz (7 HR’s) and Sarah Costello (6 HRs). After a couple blowout victories to start the season, Jeff Johnson’s gals added two more versus the GMLOK Bulldogs in a double-shot from Spring Valley South Park. The Gopher girls were game-book wreckers. They wrecked the second and third innings of game one, and the first and third innings of game two. For those not aware of softball/baseball terminology, it meant they batted around, and scored a lot of runs, eight, nine, six, and seven in those four innings respectively. All of that was bad news for the home ‘Dogs. By the finals of 22-2 (five innings) and 14-0 (six innings), the Gophers had their way with GMLOK for the double-shot sweep.

Sophomore first base-person Brook Irish (replacing Woltz) is hitting like her predecessor. Irish homered twice in game one, a 2-run blast in the first and a 3-run blast in the third, both to center field. She finished the two-game series 5 for 7 with 9 RBI’s and 5 runs scored. Classmate Shelby Bernard (batting in the Woltz-vacated four-hole) was also an RBI machine. The sophomore catcher was 5 for 7 with 7 RBIs. Leadoff girl Sidney Irish (5 for 7, 6 runs, 4 RBIs) and designated player Ashley Wolter (4-4, 100% on-base-percentage, 4 runs) also solved Bulldog pitching. Every Gopher starter got a hit in both games and Jennifer Hanson and Kirsten Keefe collected wins. For GMLOK, junior leadoff third-base-person Haley Colton reached in four of five plate appearances and scored both of GMLOK’s runs.

The R-P girls also played a double-header, and did to Southland what Chatfield did to GMLOK (though not so resoundingly). The Trojans swept the Rebels by 11 to 9 and 14 to 0 (five innings) finals. Junior pitcher Kendra Crawford was money in the series (and all week for that matter), going 7 for 8 with 4 RBI’s and a pair of pitching wins. Game one saw Trojan freshman Lauren Hadley go long-ball (her second of the season) of the best kind (grand slam). She drove in five of R-Ps 11 game one runs (and was 4 for 7 over the two game series). Jodi Eggert also brought out her whopping stick, smacking a solo HR. The Trojans, under new coach Jeremy Tesch, are off to a 3-1 start to the season.

Non-Traditional Double-


And just what is a non-traditional doubleheader? It’s kind of like a wrestling triangular, only four teams play and they don’t all play each other. Rushford-Peterson and Chatfield baseball each took part in one. R-P began playing at St. Charles while Chatfield (simultaneously) played at P-E-M. The Trojans entered win-less on the season (0-4), but used their bats to remedy that problem against the Saints. Cale Stensgard and Fernando Tominaga (a Brazialian foreign exchange student and late-game favorite during the basketball season) each went 2 for 4 whilst ‘touching them all’ (hitting HR’s). They accounted for 7 (3 and 4 respectively) of R-P’s RBI’s. Stensgard did enough on the mound to register the victory as R-P out-slugged SC for the 15-8 victory. Chatfield, on the other hand, was the only team slugging the ball at Eckstein Field in what, in years past, would’ve been a battle of Gophers. A four-run second got Chatfield started and a four-run fifth put Brian Baum’s crew in a position to end the game early. By a final of 12-0, the Gophers moved to 4-0. The bottom of the order did work for the boys of the Chosen Valley. Sawyer Prinsen (batting 7th) was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Ben Pierce (batting 9th) was also 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI’s. Nate Skare gave up only two hits while striking out eight enroot to the win.

P-E-M then awaited R-P to make the drive up from St. Charles. The warmed their bats up in the process. After just two hits versus the Gophers in five innings, they rapped out three in their first three at bats versus the Trojans. After one, it was 5-0 P-E-M. But R-P got three of those runs back in the top of the second, and then tied things up in the top of the third. Pitching then took precedence. After the rough first inning, Tominaga faced just one more batter (16) than the minimum (15) over the next five innings. P-E-M, meanwhile, didn’t allow an R-P runner past second base. It all came down to the bottom of the 7th. Bulldog leadoff man Joseph Kiehne drew a walk, stole second, and then third, before scoring on a Hunter Johnson deep fly to right field (which was dropped, but it didn’t matter). P-E-M got their first victory of the season 6-5. Kiehne was 2 for 3 with a pair of runs scored for the Bulldogs. Dalton Bellock (2-3, 2B, R, RBI) and Zach Ansell (2-4, R) each had two hits for the Trojans. Tominaga took the loss, going the distance (6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 K’s, 2 BB’s). R-P’s record dropped to 1-5.


04-23 > Chatfield 21, GMLOK 7; 5 innings (C: Jake Neis 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI’s, 3 R’s, pitching win; Gophers scored 21 runs over the first two innings and were aided by numerous GMLOK free passes)

04-25 > Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 8, Caledonia-Spring Grove 4 (FCL: Dan Gatzke 2-4, RBI; Nick Ebner got the win. Falcons trailed 4-2 before getting a six-run top of the fifth)

> GMLOK 2, Chatfield 9 (C: Justin Viss 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Tommy Jech WP. GMLOK: Isaiah Bubany 1-4, RBI)

> Mabel-Canton 0, Schaeffer Academy 2 (M-C: Justin Ward 1-2, SB. It was M-C’s season opener)

> Southland 20, R-P 1; Southland 5, R-P 1

04-26 > FC/L 9, Lewiston-Altura 19; 5 innings (FCL: D. Gatzke 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R; Jake Tammel/Cal Larson 2 RBI each. Falcons led 9-4 after 2 ½, but things soured from there. Falcons are 1-1)

04-27 > Hermantown 8, Chatfield 6 (C: Gophers trailed 5-0 after 2 ½, but tied it up in bottom of third. Hermantown then went ahead 8-5 in top of 4th, and held despite a couple Chatfield threats. Gophers are 4-1)

> GMLOK 7, St. Charles 11 (Saints had an 8-run first inning. A 6-run 3rd got the Bulldogs to within three (down 9-6), but they got no closer); GMLOK 2, Dover-Eyota 4 (Bullogs are 0-5)

> Lake City Tourney > M-C 1, Lake City 11; M-C 7, Bethany Academy 8 (Coug’s are 0-3)


04-23 > M-C 1, GMLOK 14 (GMLOK: H. Colton 1-3, 4 R’s; Jamie Stevens 1-3, 2 RBI, WP; ‘Dogs had just four hits but they were walked 9 times and M-C committed 6 errors)

04-25 > FC/L 3, M-C 0 (FCL: Taylor Sprenger 3-4, 2B, RBI, R; Morgan Malley 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 14 K’s, 2 BB’s, Win. M-C: Kristina Mengis 1-2, 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, Loss)

> P-E-M 0, Chatfield 9 (C: MaKenzie Miller 2-4, 3B, 4 RBI’s, R; Candace Gould 2-3, RBI, 2 R; B. Irish 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H (faced 23 batters), 8 K’s, Win (2-0). Chat led just 1-0 after four, but a 6-run 5th changed that. They are 5-0)

04-26 > L-A 1, FC/L 7 (FCL: Chelsea Rislove 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Jordan O’Connor 1-4, 3B, 3 RBI; M. Malley 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 11 K’s, 4 BB’s, Win. Malley is 3-0 with 38 strikeouts. Falcons are 3-0)

> St. Charles 4, R-P 6 (R-P: K. Crawford 2-3, 2 2B’s, RBI, 7 IP, win (3-1); J. Eggert 1-3, 2 RBI’s. Trojans trailed 3-0, but engineered 5-run bottom of fifth to take lead. They are 3-1)

04-27 > Lewiston Tournament > GMLOK 1, L-A 2 (GMLOK: J. Stevens 2-3); GMLOK 6, Houston 8 (GMLOK: J. Stevens 2-4, 2 RBI, R; Brittany Erding 2-4, RBI. Bulldogs are 1-4)

Track and Field

04-25 > Rushford-Peterson-Houston Invite (Girls Team: R-P-H 77, Winona-Cotter 74, LFCMC 64, C-SG 57. Boys Team: Cotter 87, LFCMC 74.5, R-P-H 62, C-SG 45.5. R-P-H 1st places: Mariah Olson (1,600), the girls 4x100 (Christina Strapp/Ashley Agrimson/Kenzie Ness/Anna Sweet), the girls 4x200 (Erika Hinz/Cody Manfull/C. Strapp/Amy Todd), Jordan Honken (Pole Vault), Ryan Ruberg (800), Austin O’Hare (1600), the boys 4x200 (Dan Thorson/Noah Carlson/Casey McLellan/Tyler McLellan), D. Thorson (Triple Jump), and Matt Culhane (Discus). LFCMC 1st places: Kenzie Broadwater (100), Kendyl Bennett (400), Kiera Olson (3200), Olivia Haug (Discus), Erik Peterson (400), the boys 4x400 (Quentin Case/Zach Case/Brandon Breitsprecher/E. Peterson), the boys 4x800 (Z. Case/Collin Bennett/Nathaniel Harrison/Chris Collett), and Gabe Decker (Pole Vault). Broadwater added two 2nd place finishes (200, Long Jump). Haug added a 2nd place at the Discus. Kate McKenzie (RPH, 100 and 300 hurdles), Bailey O’Hare (RPH, 1600 and High Jump), and Q. Case (LFCMC, 110 and 300 hurdles) each had two 2nd place finishes)

> Tiger Relays (Girls Team: Byron 97, Stewartville 97, K-M 77, Austin 59, Chatfield 36, Z-M 32. Boys Team: Byron 96, Austin 84, K-M 78, Stewartville 74, Z-M 42, Chatfield 34. Top Gopher girls: the 4x200 - Ashley Baker, Mariah Bell, Maddie Talamantes, & Maddie Kammer (1st), the 4x400 – Baker, Bell, Kammer & Camille Rasmussen (2nd), the 4x800 – Rasmussen, Kayla Woltz, Karen Gomez, & Hannah Friedrich (2nd), the 1600 sprint medley - Baker, Kammer, Bell, & Haley Woltz (2nd), M. Talamantes (2nd 300 hurdles, 6th 100 hurdles), A. Baker (3rd, Long Jump). Top Gopher boys: Jayme LaPlante (1st Discus, 2nd Shot Put), Tyler Wondrow (3rd, High Jump))


04-25 > (Boys) Kingsland 248, Southland 198; (Girls) Kingsland Inc., Southland 263 (Knight Karli Bly paced the gals field with a 47. At Cedar River GC)

04-26 > (Boys) Lanesboro 238, Houston 194 (Liam Dorn paced the Burros with a 48); (Girls) Lanesboro 278, Houston 256 (Burro Johanna Bearson (50) was the medallist. At Valley High GC)

> (Girls) FC 231, Caledonia 224 (Falcon Keeley Todd was medallist with a 48. At Ma-Cal-Grove GC)

> (Boys) Chatfield 223, St. Charles 199 (Luke Kappers (48) was the top Gopher (tied for 2nd overall)); (Girls) Chatfield 312, St. Charles 230 (Paige Isensee (51) was the top Gopher (2nd). At St. Charles GC)

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