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Softball Supremacy

Fri, May 24th, 2013
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Chatfield shortstop Jake Neis goes deep in the hole to make a play against Fillmore Central/Lanesboro. Neis manned the ‘6’ position well, making a couple tough plays look routine. He also went 3 for 6 at the plate as the Gophers downed FC/L 13-9. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

One thing is certain this spring sports season in Fillmore County, as it pertains to ‘ball’ clubs. The girls have a leg up on the boys. With the softball regular season complete, and baseball in its last week, it appears as if all five county softball programs will finish with more wins than their baseball counterparts. Three teams aren’t too much better. GMLOK softball finished at 3-16, baseball is 2-10. Mabel-Canton softball finished at 4-10, baseball is 3-10. Chatfield softball finished at 16-2, baseball is 10-4. There is no debate with FC/L and R-P (softball teams are 13-3 and 10-8, baseball 2-10 and 2-11). The Chatfield and FC/L softball teams earned the #1 and #2 seeds respectively in Sub-Section 1A East’s tournament.

The gals of the Chosen Valley finished up their 2013 campaign winning their final three games. They downed Dover-Eyota 5-0, and then dispatched with Southland twice to win the Three Rivers South Division title (for at least the second straight year). Brook Irish’s mound exploits highlighted an 8-0 game one victory the Rebels. The 5’10” sophomore hurler, now 8-0 on the season with an ERA below 1.00 (.983), surrendered three hits and got 10 harmless infield pop-fly outs in getting the complete game shut-out victory. The Gophers took command in the first inning, scoring five runs. Kirsten Keefe was 3 for 4 with a pair of 2B’s and 3 runs scored. Shelby Bernard was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI’s.

In game two, the Gopher offense was on display. Chatfield modestly led 5-1 thru four innings, and then not so modestly. The Goph’s scored three, three, and four runs over the final three innings. B-Irish (2-run) and Ashley Wolter (solo) took aim at the CCTV crew in center field (they missed) in the 5th, blasting HR’s #5 and #3 on the year respectively. Two innings later, Wolter aimed and missed again, but blasted her second HR of the game (#4 on the year). In the end, the Gophers got the 15-4 win. B-Irish (4-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI), Wolter (2-3, 2 HR’s, 3 RBI), Sidney Irish (3-4, 2 2B’s, 3 RBI, 2 R), and MaKenzie Miller (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R) each had a day. Chatfield, with a trifaceted pitching staff, a defense led by the middle people (Bernard at catcher, ‘smooth’ S. Irish at SS, and Keefe in centerfield), and an explosive yet ‘small-ball’ capable offense, is aiming at improving upon last season’s Section runner-up finish.

In Preston, the FC/L softball team completed its best year in many (13-3 overall, tied for 2nd in South), going 6 and 1 the week of Monday May 13th. They got a pair of doubleheader sweeps, the first a big one over capable Rushford-Peterson. The Falcons came out with four runs in the first inning of game #1, giving standout pitcher Morgan Malley plenty of room to error. FC/L added four more in the 5th to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The final was 8-4. Freshmen Taylor Sprenger went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs. Chelsea Rislove (BB, SB, 3 R) and Steph Erickson (2B, 2 RBI) were each 2 for 3. Malley got the win (5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 14 K). Kendra Crawford was 2 for 3 (SB, R) and took the loss for R-P.

In game two, Erickson pitched. The Trojans semi-took advantage FC/L’s ‘second’ hurler. They led 3-2 after four. But then back came Malley, picking up where she left off in game one. The sophomore third year starter pitched three innings of no-hit ball. In an eight-inning span (2nd-7th of game one, 5th & 6th of game two), Malley struck out at least two batters in every inning (19 total K’s). Offensively, a 2-run double by Rislove put FC/L in front 5 to 3, and that was the final. Malley collected another win while also going 2 for 4 (2B, SB, R) at the plate. Rislove was likewise 2 for 4 (2B, 2 RBI, R, SB). Jessica Rislov had a 2-run double and Mariah Mueller an RBI double for R-P. An arm-sore Crawford took another loss. She pitched all 14 innings of the doubleheader.

A night later, FC/L traveled to Spring Valley. Malley was again the story. Thru six innings in game one, Morgan (for a third time this season) flirted with a no-hitter. To leadoff the 7th, Bulldog junior Kailynn Hamersma wrecked it, smacking a single to right field. But, FC/L got the 8 to 1 victory. Junior 3B Taylor Case was 3 for 4 (2 RBI, SB, R). Malley (7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 0 BB, Win, SB, 2 R) and Sprenger (2 RBI) were each 2 for 4. Jamie Stevens added a second Bulldog hit and their only RBI. In game two, GMLOK initially rebounded. Stevens, a sophomore pitcher, sent the first six FC/L hitters down. A pair of runs in the first two innings had the ‘Dogs ahead 4-0. But FC/L evened things up in the third. And then, like the R-P doubleheader, Malley relieved Erickson. She issued five walks, but didn’t give up a hit and struck out eight over the final four innings. Those K’s brought her 4-game, 21-inning total to 38.

A 3-run fifth inning gave FC/L the lead (7-4). They downed GMLOK 8 to 4. Seniors Rislove (3-5, 2 SB, RBI, 2 R) and Jordan O’Connor (2-4, 2 SB, RBI, 2 R) combined for 5 of FC/L’s 6 hits. Malley moved to 10-2 on the season. Jessi Lohuis (2-4, R) and Haley Colton (1-2, 2 BB, RBI, R) led GMLOK.


> Chatfield (Went 3-0 on the week; are 10-4 overall. Beat FC/L 13-9 (Tommy Jech 4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R; Jake Neis 3-6, 2B, 2 SB, 2 R). Beat St. Charles 10-6 (Drew Hurley/Justin Viss 3-5, R). Beat C/SG 11-0 (Nate Skare 3-3, 2B, 2 R; J. Viss 2-4, 3 R; J. Neis 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K, Win). Goph’s get 2-seed in 1A East, will play 7-seed Houston)

> FC/L (Went 0-4 on the week; are 2-10 overall. Lost to Chatfield 13-9 (Andy Love 4-4, 2B, 2 SB, 4 RBI, R). Lost to St. Charles 8-4 (Clayton Diersen 2-3, RBI). Lost to P-E-M 10-7 (Nick Ebner 3-4, 2 RBI; Cal Larson 2-3). Lost to D-E 3-0 (Niko Anderson (1-3) had only Falcon hit). They get 5-seed in 1A East, will play 4-seed R-P)

> GMLOK (Went 0-2 on the week, are 2-10 overall. Lost to P-E-M 12-2. Lost to Lewiston-Altura 8-5. Get 8-seed in 1AA East, will play 1-seed Lake City.)

> M-C (Went 1-3, are 3-10 overall. Lost to Houston 10-0 & 5-4 (Noah Manning 2-4, 2B, R; M-C trailed 5-0 after four). Lost to Houston 9-6 and then beat the ‘Canes 7-6 in 10 innings (Keyser Wenthold had a walk-off single) in a second doubleheader. Cougars get 8-seed in 1A East, will play 1-seed W-K)

> R-P (Went 0-3; are 2-11 overall. Lost to D-E 12-10, C-SG 12-8 & W-K 7-1. Trojans get 4-seed in 1A East, will play 4-seed FC/L)


> Chatfield (Went 3-0 (See Above). Are 1A East’s top seed and will host 8-seed Mabel-Canton)

> FC/L (Went 6-1. Beat W-K 3-1 (M. Malley 1-3, SB, RBI, 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 9 K, Win; J. O’Connor 1-4, 2 RBI; Falcons collected five of six hits, scored all three runs in 5th inning). Beat R-P and GMLOK in doubleheaders (See Above). Lost to C/SG 12-1 in 5 innings (J. O’Connor 2-2, 2B, R). Beat C/SG 3-2 (S. Erickson 2-3, 2 R, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB, Win; J O’Connor 2-3, RBI). Are 1A East’s 2-seed, will host 7-seed L-A)

> GMLOK (Went 0-4. Lost to St. Charles 13-5 (H. Colton 2-2, 4 SB, 2 R, RBI; Brittany Erding 1-3, 2 RBI, SB; Saints put 9 runs up in the first inning). Lost to D-E 4-2 (H. Colton 2-4, R, RBI, 2 SB; J. Stevens 2-3, SB). Lost to FC/L twice (See Above). Finish regular season at 3-16. Get 7-seed in 1AA East, will play 2-seed C-SG)

> M-C (Went 1-2. Lost to Houston 10-0 in 5 innings (Abby Hanson 2-2, 2B – had only two Cougar hits. A 6-run ‘Cane 5th made things academic). Beat Glenville-Emmons 2-1 (Hannah Nolte 1-3, RBI; A. Hanson 1-3, 3B, R; Coug’s avenge a pair of 10-run losses to Wolverines). Lost to Houston 10-4 (Lydia Geving 2-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R; a 7-run ‘Cane 6th made it academic). Finish regular season 4-10. Cougars get 8-seed in 1A East, will play 1-seed Chatfield.)

> R-P (Went 2-2. Beat L-A 9-6 (Keela Brand 3-4, 2 RBI; Hunter Dunbar 2-2, 2 RBI; K. Crawford 2-4, 2 SB, Win; Trojans led 9-2 heading to bottom of 7th). Lost to FC/L twice (See Above). Beat P-E-M 9-2 (K. Brand 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB; Jodi Eggert 2-3, 2 R, 2 SB; K. Crawford 7 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 7 K, Win). Finish regular season 10-8. Trojans get 5th seed in 1A East, will play 5-seed W-K)

Track and Field

> L-A Invite (Chatfield boys took 1st (of 5), the girls 3rd. Girls 1st’s: Mariah Bell (200), Maddy Kammer (400), the 4x200 (M. Bell/Maddie Talamantes/Autum Erickson/M. Kammer), & Mikaela Bray (Long Jump). Boys 1st’s: Justin Friedrich (1600), Keagan Clarke (3200), Alex Haffner (110 and 300 hurdles), Jayme LaPlante (Discus))

> Hayfield Invite (Kingsland 1st’s: Lacey Schwartz (100 & 200), Marissa Bornholdt (Pole Vault), Erica Earley (3200, also took 2nd at the 1600), & DeAngilo Funches (Triple Jump, also took 2nd at 100 and Long Jump))

> SEC Meet (LFCMC boys took first, the girls second (of 4 total teams). Boys 1st’s: Gabe Decker (200), Quentin Case (110 hurdles & 300 hurdles), Erik Peterson (800), Travis Troendle (3200), Alecx Reed (Pole Vault), McKinnen Stone (Discus), Isaac Freese (Shot Put), the 4x100 (Andrew Coyle/M. Stone/Jakob Ritter/G. Decker), & the 4x800 (Zach Case/Zach Voeltz/Nathaniel Harrison/Brandon Breitsprecher). Girls 1st’s: Kenzie Broadwater (200), Kiera Olson (3200), & Michaela Brazee (Pole Vault))


> Chatfield (Boys beat Kingsland (197 to 202). Luke Kappers (43) was medallist. Girls faced Kingsland and both teams were incomplete. Morgan Henry (50) was the top Gopher)

> Fillmore Central (Boys beat C-SG twice (181 to 198 & 174 to 177). Jordan Miller (37, one over par) was medallist by 8 strokes meet #1. Matt Guttormson (40) was medallist meet #2)

> Kingsland (Boys lost to Chatfield (197 to 202). Simon Broadwater (48) and Nick Niemeyer (49) finished 2-3. Girls faced Chatfield and both were incomplete. Karli Bly (48) was medallist)

> Lanesboro (Boys lost to Houston (196 to 203), beat GM/L-O (200 to 202). Liam Dorn (45) co-medalled versus ‘Canes. Girls beat Houston (253 to 280) & GM/L-O (241 to Inc.). Johanna Bearson medalled (46/48) each night)

> Three Rivers Championship (R-P’s boys (356) finished second to W-K (346). FC (370), Chatfield (445), and Kingsland (456) were 6th, 10th, and 11th (of 11) respectively. Top 10’s: Jordan Miller (FC, 83, 4th-tie), Charlie Krambeer (R-P, 86, 7th), Hudson Stensgard (R-P, 87, 8th-tie), & Chad Christian (R-P, 88, 10th-tied). Luke Kappers (89, 12th-tie) and Simon Broadwater (103, 34th-tie) were Chat and King’s top performers. W-K’s Fletcher Blaschko (79) topped the field. On the girl’s side, FC finished 4th and Chatfield 7th (of 7 complete teams). W-K and L-A were 1-2. Top 10’s: Karli Bly (K, 99, 5th-tie) and Katie Tammel (FC, 102, 8th-tie). FC’s Keeley Todd (106) finished 12th. Chatfield’s Morgan Henry (111) took 18th place. Meets held at The Bridges, par 71, in Winona)

> SEC Meet (Houston’s boys (184) topped the field. Lanesboro (208) finished 4th (of 4). L. Dorn (46) was the top Burro (tied for 5th). The girls didn’t have team results (not enough complete teams). Johanna Bearson topped the field (46). Fellow Burro McKenzie Hanson was 5th (71). Both events were 9-holes per inclement weather.)

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