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Fri, May 10th, 2013
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04-29 BB GMLOK at FCL > “Gatzke...goes and gets it. Fillmore Central/Lanesboro’s Dan makes a running catch of a drive hit by GMLOK’s Trenton Bliefus (as left fielder Nick Ebner looks on). Gatkze drove in a couple runs and the Falcons downed the Bulldogs 9-1.” Photo by Paul Trende

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 won 9-0), they’d rolled to a 5-0 start to the season. A double-header with conference rival Rushford-Peterson changed all that. Each game was back and forth and down to the wire.

The home Gophers came out of the gates swinging. Sidney Irish led off game one with a triple. Five hits and one progression thru the order later and Chatfield led 3-0. R-P got a run back in the second (RBI 2B by Jessica Rislov), and another back in the forth (RBI groundout by Lauren Hadley). The Trojans then took the lead in their half of the 5th, utilizing a couple Gopher errors and RBI singles by Jodi Eggert and Keela Brand. For the first time all year, Chatfield trailed (5-3) late in the game. In the Gopher half of the 5th, Brook Irish authored a 1-out triple. She scored on a Maddie Larrabie sac fly to pull Chat closer (5-4 R-P). In the bottom of the 6th, Megan LaPlante led off with a single. Sidney Irish drag-bunted her way onto base (from the left side of the plate). After some tossie-toss, LaPlante wound up on third and Irish second. After an out, sophomore center-fielder Kirsten Keefe delivered the biggest hit of the game, a 2-run single up the middle. It turned out to be the game winner. Kendra Crawford made it interesting in the top of 7th, stealing second and third (after getting hit by a pitch). But she was stranded there. Chatfield snuck past R-P 6-5. Keefe was 4-4 with 3 RBI’s and a run scored. The Irish’s, Sidney (2-4, 3B, 2 R) and Brook (2-4, 3B, RBI, R), plus Ashley Wolter (2-3, 2B), each had two hits. Jennifer Hanson collected the win (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Eggert (2-4, RBI, R, SB) had two hits for R-P.

Game two saw each squad score a pair of runs in the first inning. Chatfield then got a 3-run inside-the-park home run from Sidney Irish, making it 5-2. But again, R-P battled back. A couple walks came around to score in the third inning (5-4 Chatfield). In the bottom of the 5th, a wild pitch allowed Crawford to score, tying the contest at 5. In the 7th, Keefe again was instrumental. She took it for the team to leadoff the inning, advanced to second on a Shelby Bernard bunt hit, and then scored on a game-winning Larrabie single to left. R-P authored no threat in their half of the 7th. Chatfield, by the same score as game one (6-5), took the second game. Sidney Irish’s hitting (2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) led the way, while Brook Irish got the win (7 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K). Mariah Mueller (2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB) and Brand (3B, BB, R, RBI) each were 1 for 2 for the Trojans. Crawford pitched both games and took both losses, which evened R-P’s record at 3-3.

A day later, the Gophers (7-0) trekked to Preston for another double-header with FC/L (3-0). Chat held a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 3rd in game one, only for Taylor Case to change that. Her two-run double helped pull the Falcons to within one (4-3). Chatfield, leading 6-4, then iced things in the top of the 7th. Sidney Irish led off with a single. Keefe doubled her home. Brook Irish singled home Keefe’s pinch runner Janessa Erding. An 8-4 deficit was too much for the Falcons to overcome. It stood as the final. The Irish’s, Sidney (3-4, 3B, 2 R) and Brook (2-4, 2B) plus Keefe (3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) led the way for the now 8-0 3-River South leading Gophers. Jennifer Hanson picked up a gutsy win. It was almost Hanson against Hanson, versus Hanson against the FCL hitters. The junior hurler allowed just three hits, with seven walks, and 12 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. The 3rd inning was a microcosm of Hanson’s effort. She struck out the first two batters (the first reached on a past ball), then walked three straight, struck out another, gave up the Case double, only to strikeout the final batter for the 1-hit, 3-run, 3-walk, 4-strikout inning. For FCL, Case (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI) had the big hit. Morgan Malley (0-2, 2 BB, 2 SB, 2 R; 7 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, loss #1 on the season) was also very involved.

The teams then took the field for game two. Chatfield got rolling early, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first. Mother Nature then crackled. She bolted. It rained, and, over the course of the next couple days, it snowed at an unprecedented level for May. The second contest was postponed with the Gophers leading 6-0 with FC/L batting in the top of the second. The Goph’s ended the shortened week with an 8-0 record. FC/L fell to 3-1.

County-on-County Baseball Crime

The four county baseball teams each played a game with a nearby adversary. FC/L hosted GMLOK on Monday and Chatfield hosted R-P on Tuesday. The Falcons didn’t have much trouble with the Bulldogs. They got two runs in the bottom of the first and that was all senior pitcher Jake Tammel (and the Falcon defense) needed. Tammel went the distance (5 Ks, 4 BBs, 3 Hs, 1 R, Win). Offensively for the Falcons, Dan Gatzke (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R) and Nick Ebner (1-4, 2RBI), batting in the three and four holes, drove in runs. Niko Anderson (2-3, BB, R, RBI) and Andy Love (0-3, 2 ROE, HBP, 3 R), batting first and second, got on base and scored runs. By a final of 8 to 1, FCL handled GMLOK. Senior left-fielder Lucas Roe (1-2, 2 SB’s, R) led the Bulldog effort. Doug Sabatke had the only RBI, a sacrifice fly.

In Chatfield, R-P (1-5) tested the conference co-leading (5-1) Gophers. A Mitch Irish double, followed by a Nate Skare single, broke the scoring ice in the second inning. The Trojans answered in the 4th. The first four R-P batters reached, one via walk, three via hits. Eric Courrier’s RBI single tied the game. R-P, however, got no further on the scoreboard, even though they had the bases juiced with nobody out. The Trojans did take the lead the following inning. Cale Stensgard doubled and his pinch-runner (Parker Dittman) was singled in an at bat later by Fernando Tominaga, making the score 2-1. Chatfield immediately replied. Zach Eggers led off the bottom of the 5th with a single. After a couple walks and a trio of stolen bases, the Gophers had the bases juiced. An Irish sacrifice fly tied the game at two and an R-P error gave Chatfield the lead. Each team batted in the 6th, but made no hay. R-P sent two men to the plate in the top of the 7th, but then Mother Nature came calling. The game was suspended due to lightening/rain and then finalized after six innings. Chatfield got the narrow win, 3-2. Irish (2-2, 2B, R, RBI, sac fly) and Skare (2-3, 2B, RBI) did big damage for Chatfield. Skare collected the win (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Tominaga (1-2, R, BB) and Courrier (1-3) drove in the R-P runs. Riley Vitse took the loss for R-P, which fell to 1-6. Chatfield is 6-0 in league play (6-1 overall). They are a ½ game up in the 3-Rivers on Wabasha-Kellogg (5-0) and Southland (5-0).


04-29 > L-A 1, Chatfield 7 (C: Sawyer Prinsen 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R; Tommy Jech 2-3, 2 R; Jake Neis 5 IP, Win)

> Game 1 - Lyle/Pacelli 6, Mabel-Canton 1; Game 2 - L/P 13, M-C 5

04-30 > Game 1 - FCL 4, Southland 5 (FCL: N. Ebner 1-2, 2 RBI. A 2-run 6th got FCL as close as the final. Game 2 - FCL 1, Southland 4; 5 innings (FCL: D. Gatzke 1-3, SB, RBI; N. Anderson 1-2, BB, SB, R. Game finalized after five innings due to weather. Falcons are 2-3)

> GMLOK 3, Caledonia-Spring Grove 5 (GMLOK: Trenton Bliefus 1-3, 2 BB, 2 SB, R. ‘Dogs are 0-7)

> Schaeffer Academy 9, M-C 7 (M-C: Noah Manning 2-3, 2B. Cougars are 0-6)


04-29 > Game 1 - GMLOK 0, C-SG 9 (Bulldogs were credited with zero hits); Game 2 - GMLOK 2, C-SG 12 (GMLOK: Brittany Erding 2-3, 2 RBI; Kaylee Beevers 2-3)

04-30 > W-K 13, GMLOK 8, 5 innings (GMLOK: Haley Colton 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R; B. Erding 2-2, RBI, R; Courtney Schmidt 2-2, 3 R. Game was declared final early due to weather. Bulldogs are 1-7)

Track and Field

04-30 > R-P Booster Club Invite (Meet was called early due to weather (no team scoring). R-P-H, Chatfield, LFCMC, K-W, La Crescent, Winona-Cotter, and L-A competed. R-P-H 1st’s: Kate MacKenzie (100 hurdles), Jordan Honken (Pole Vault), the boy’s 4x200 (Casey McLellan, Noah Carlson, Dan Thorson, Tyler McLellan), and N. Carlson (Triple Jump). Chatfield 1st’s: Ashley Baker (100), Maddy Kammer (High Jump), the girl’s 4x100 (Baker, Mariah Bell, Maddie Talamantes, Kammer), the girl’s 4x200 (Baker, Bell, Kammer, Talamantes), Tyler Wondrow (High Jump), and Adam Amy (Discus). LFCMC 1st’s: Olivia Haug (Shot Put and Discus) and Quentin Case (300 hurdles))

> GMLOS Invite (Meet was called early due to weather. Kingsland’s DeAngilo Funches (1st Long Jump and Triple Jump), Lacey Schwartz (1st 100), and Marissa Bornholdt (2nd 100) stood out. Schaeffer Academy, Stewartville, Lyle/Pacelli, GM-LO-S, Hayfield, Rochester Home School, and the Knights participated)


04-29 > Lake City Invite (The R-P boys (380) finished 4th and Lanesboro’s (418) finished 8th (of 8). Lake City (336), W-K (339), and Z-M (350) were 1-2-3. Charlie Krambeer (R-P, 81) finished 4th and was three strokes off the lead set by W-K’s Fletcher Blaschko. Liam Dorn (L, 83) finished 6th. At Lake City GC)

> (Boys) Southland 201, Kingland Inc. (K: Simon Broadwater (51) was tops for the Knights (3rd overall)); (Girls) Southland 242, Kingsland Inc. (K: Karli Bly (52) was the medallist. Held at par 35/36 Root River CC)

04-30 > (Boys) Chatfield 211, Kingsland 276 (C: Luke Kappers (46) was the medallist. K: S. Broadwater (49) finished second); (Girls) Chatfield 289, Kingsland Inc. (K: K. Bly (49) was the medallist. C: Morgan Henry (54) finished second. Held at Root River CC)

> (Boys) R-P 189, FC 183 (FC: Jordan Miller (41) was the medallist, followed by Trevor Barnes (44). R-P: C. Krambeer (45). Held at par 36 Harmony GC); (Girls) Crestwood 204, FC 218 (FC: Keeley Todd (51) was the top Falcon (3rd, one stroke off the lead). At Harmony GC)

> (Boys) L/P 197, Lanesboro 191 (L: Liam Dorn (39) was the medallist, nine strokes better than second place (Ben Aho, L/P)); (Girls) L/P Inc., Lanesboro 243 (L: Johanna Bearson (47) was the medallist. Held at par 35 Lanesboro GC)

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