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Malley-led FC/L softball starts 6-0

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
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Fillmore Central/Lanesboro’s softball player Morgan Malley is well-known for her pitching talents. But over a two-day span versus R-P in a doubleheader, and then against W-K, the junior was massive everywhere. She helped her senior-less team to a 6-0 start to the season. She then ended the week in a ridiculous pitching duel.

In game one versus the Trojans, the Falcons sent 13 to the plate in the top of the first. Spurred by Gabby Brazee’s 2-run double and RBI-single, FC/L put nine on the board. Malley took it from there (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 10 K, 1 BB). She had 19 of 23 first pitch strikes and K’ed two batters in four of five innings. Her night was shortened on account of the 2-run HR she hit that brought the 10-run rule into effect. Behind her efforts (2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, Win), Brazee (2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, R), and the other seven Falcons with a hit, FC/L prevailed 11-1. Lauren Hadley (2-2), Keela Brand (1-2, RBI), and Brooke Johnson (1-3, 2B, R; pitching loss) led the Trojans.

In game two, R-P pitcher Savannah Skalet struck out 12 (two in five of six innings). FC/L pitcher Steph Erickson retired 12 straight one point. After R-P scored in the top of the first, Malley hit her second HR in the bottom. The Falcons scored runs in the second and fifth on just one total hit (3-1). R-P got one back in the sixth and had a runner on third. A Malley strikeout ended the threat. Three more ended the game. FC/L prevailed 3-2. Erickson got the win (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K), Malley the save (2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K; 1-1 HR, RBI, SB, 2 R). Skalet took the loss (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 12 K). Hadley (2-3, 2 SB, 2 R) and Brand (2-3, 2B, SB) again hit for R-P.

The Falcons then welcomed Wabasha-Kellogg to Preston. FC/L again got early run support. In the first, Taylor Pierce-Sprenger singled, went to second on an error, and scored on an Erickson single. In the second, Haley Polin hit a smash past short to plate two more (3-0). Malley then retired eight straight batters via ‘K’. W-K’s big chance came in the fifth. With two on and no out, Malley foiled the threat by snaring a sac bunt attempt out of the air, then doubling a runner off first. Rowan Blaschko followed with an RBI single (W-K’s only run). FC/L prevailed 4-1. Malley was again excellent (1-3, 2 SB, R; 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 14 K, 3 BB). Erickson had two hits (2-3, RBI, SB), the only player to do so.

The Falcons ended the week taking on Spring Grove-Caledonia. Game one was an epic pitcher’s duel that will be long remembered. Malley and Samantha Bratland went head-to-head for 13 innings and surrendered squat for runs. Finally, in the bottom of the 14th, SG-C got a hit, a walk, and a pair of hits for the 1-0 victory. Morgan’s gutty performance (14 IP, 14 H, 1 R, 16 K, 2 BB, stranded 15 base runners, Loss) was over-shadowed by Bratland’s craziness (14 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 29 K, yes 29 K, Win). Fifteen batters on the two teams struck out at least twice. FC/L sported two five-K hitters! Pierce-Sprenger (FC/L) was 2-6 and Lauren Rusert (SG-C) 3-6 hitting. Marie Doering was a rare 2-7 (GW-RBI). Bratland also won game two (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K, Win) for the routine 20-inning, 0-run, 40-strikeout Friday night! The final was 12-0 is six innings. Erickson was 2-3 for FC/L but took the Loss. SG-C (5-1) grabbed control of the TRC South over FC/L (6-2) and Chatfield (4-2).

Gophers Win on Big Irish Walk-Off

Walk-off HR’s don’t happen very often, particularly at the high school level. It is real rare for a blast to come with two outs, on a 0-2 count, and just one plate appearance after the batter previously homered. Chatfield junior Brook Irish launched HR’s in the fifth and seventh innings to lead the Goph’s past P-E-M. The Bulldogs led nearly the entire game, getting a Haley Gudmundson 2-run HR in the first. They led 4-3 in the fifth when Irish hit a 3-run shot that gave Chatfield its first lead at 6-4. The Bulldogs responded with a 3-run top of the sixth. They had a chance for more, with multiple runners on in both the sixth and seventh, but Chatfield got out of both jams. It set up Irish’s heroics. With Sydney Gould aboard per a 1-out single, Irish checked a pitch and swung through another, leaving Chatfield to their last strike. That pitch, as it were, was left belt high over the outside half of the plate. Irish left it grass high under a tree over the right center fence. Chatfield survived 8-7. Irish (2-4, 2 HR’s, 5 RBI’s, 2 R) and Kirsten Keefe (2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R) drove in seven of eight Gopher runs. Gudmundson (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, R, loss) and PEM’s 6-9 hitters led the way (7-14, 3 RBI, 4 R). Jennifer Hanson got the win. The Goph’s are 4-2.

Hot Shots

FC’s Jordan Miller medaled three times on the week in helping the Falcon boys to a 4-0 start. The Falcon girls are also off quickly (3-0). R-P’s Charlie Krambeer medaled three times, whilst shooting a county-wide weekly low-round of 37. Houston’s ball teams stuck it to M-C’s. Softball beat the Cougars 22-2, benefitting from a 15-run sixth inning. Becca Proudfoot was 3-4 (3 RBI, 4 SB). Baseball then got win #1 by rapping out 15 hits to down M-C 14-7. Tyler Hoskins was 4-5 (3 RBI), Wesley Johnson 3-5 (two 2B, 4 RBI). Chatfield baseball had an eventful week. They beat Cotter 8-2 in ten innings. Dan Narveson beat out a routine play to ignite the 6-run rally. Nate Skare was 4-5 (3 RBI). They then beat P-E-M 5-3. Jake Neis went 3-4 (two 2B). They then were one strike away, up 5-3 versus St. Charles. A hit and an error tied the game. SC scored the winning run in 8th. Chatfield is 4-2. GMLOK softball also won an extra inning game (their first ‘W’), beating Byron 13-12 (in eight). Bulldog Jamie Stevens, along with Malley (2), Irish (2), Bryce Michels (M-C), and Trisha Johnson (Hou) hit HR’s. Stevens, over a two-day, four-game stretch, drove in 11 runs. Irish, on the year (6 games), has 3 HR’s and 13 RBI’s.



M-C 7, St. Charles 11 (M-C: B. Michels 2-3; Jon Selness 2-4. Coug’s trailed 11-2 before getting five in the 7th)

Chatfield 8, Cotter 2; 10 innings (C: N. Skare 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI, SB, R; D. Narveson 2-5, SB, R. Gopher’s 0 errors)


FC/L 0, W-K 10; 5 innings (FC/L: Gatlin Woellert 1-2. W-K: Mike Guidinger 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K, Win)

Chatfield 5, P-E-M 3 (C: J. Neis 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 SB, RBI; Noah Grant 2-3; Ethan Woltz Win (in relief). PEM: Chase DeFrang 3-4, RBI; Thomas Miller 3-4, 2B, R. Gophers led 3-2 thru six. Neis and Zach Eggers drove in a couple insurance runs in the 7th)

GMLOK 2, L-A 3 (GMLOK: Quinn Larson 2-3, RBI, R; Reid Buschman 1-3, 2B, RBI; Isaac Tangen 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, Loss. Card’s got deciding two runs in bottom of 6th)

R-P 5, Cotter 7 (R-P: Mason McManimon-Myers 2-4, RBI, 2 R; Cale Stensgard/Ross Anderson 2-4, RBI)

Schaeffer Acad. 3, M-C 8 (M-C: B. Michels 2-3, HR; Noah Manning 2-3; Collin O’Bieglo 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, Win)


Houston 14, M-C 7 (H: T. Hoskins 4-5, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB, Win; W. Johnson 3-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R; Christian Sires 3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI; Peter Jergenson 3-5, 2 RBI, 2 SB; Dylan Lee 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB. M-C: J. Selness 2-4, 3B, RBI, R, SB; Keyser Wenthold 2-4, 2 R, 2 SB; Wesley Richert 1-4, RBI, 5 1/3 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, No Decision. Both teams are 1-2)

GMLOK 8, D-E 4 (GMLOK: Blake Olson 2-4, RBI, R, SB; Q. Larson 1-3, RBI, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, Win)

St. Charles 6, Chatfield 5; 8 innings (C: E. Woltz 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB; Jake Neis 1-4, 2 R. SC: Pierce Begin 2-4, GW RBI; Dayton Danielson 8 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 11 K, 5 BB, Win; Caleb Small 1-4, 2 RBI. Gophers led 4-0 after three. It was 5-3 in the top of the 7th with one on, two out, and two strikes on Andy Buck. Buck singled, a walk loaded the bases, and an error on a routine fly ball allowed tying runs to score. In the 8th, a double, a wild pitch, and a fielder’s chose by Begin plated a (GW) run. A Gopher groundout with runners on second and third ended game. Four Chat ‘E’s’ led to four SC unearned runs. Gophers stranded ten)

FC/L 2, Southland 7 (FC/L: Clay Olson/Nick Mensink 2-3, 2B, RBI. S: Trent Reinertz 4-4, R, RBI. Falcons are 0-3)

(Game One) R-P 2, L-A 12; 5 innings (R-P: C. Stensgard 2-2, RBI; Parker Dittman 1-1, RBI. L-A: Aaron Hohensee 2-2, HR, RBI, 2 R; Jackson Riebel 2-2, 2B, 3 RBI); (Game Two) R-P 1, L-A 4 (R-P: C. Stensgard 2-3, 2B, R)


GMLOK 3, Cotter 7 (GMLOK: Trenton Bleifus 3-4, R; I. Tangen 3-4, 2B, R; Doug Sabatke 2-3, 2 RBI; B. Olson 2-5, RBI. Bulldogs out-hit Ramblers 12-10, but left eight runners on base (six in scoring position) to Cotter’s four. GMLOK is 2-5)

R-P 1, C-SG 9 (RP: R. Anderson 1-3, RBI. C-SG: Harrison Speltz 4-4, 2 RBI. Trojans are 0-7)



Houston 22, M-C 2; 6 innings (H: B. Proudfoot 3-4, 3 RBI, 4 SB, R; Abbey Loken 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K, Win; Courtney Johnston 1-2, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 R; T. Johnson 2-5, 3 R, RBI. M-C: Chelcie Busch 2-3, RBI, R; Coranda Vickerman 1-3, RBI. ‘Canes benefitted from 18 M-C walks. First game for Cougars)


L-A 15, GMLOK 3 (GMLOK: Courtney Schmidt 2-4; Theresa Gehling 1-3, RBI. Card’s had 8-run 7th)

Cotter 24, R-P 0; 5 innings (R-P: K. Brand 1-2 (only Trojan hit). C: Katie Nachtigal 3-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R. R-P is 1-3)


(Game One) P-E-M 16, GMLOK 8 (GMLOK: T. Gehling 2-4, 2 RBI; Jamie Stevens 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; Jessi Lohuis 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 SB, R); (Game Two) P-E-M 11, GMLOK 6 (GMLOK: Haley Colton 2-4, R; Rio Landers 1-4, 2 RBI, R)


L-A Tourney (Semis) Byron 12, GMLOK 13; 8 innings (GMLOK: J. Stevens 4-4, 5 RBI, 2 R; H. Colton 3-5, 3 RBI, 2 R; Kailynn Hamersma 3-4, 2 RBI, 3 R. An error allowed the winning Bulldog run to score); Houston 1, L-A 10 (H: T. Johnson 1-3, HR, RBI, R. L-A: Tayler Daley 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB; Sarah Meilner 1-4, HR, RBI, R); (1st Place) L-A 9, GMLOK 7 (GMLOK: C. Schmidt 3-4, 3 R; H. Colton 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 R; J. Stevens 2-3, 2 RBI, R. L-A: T. Daley 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R. Dogs narrowed a 9-3 game to 9-7 in 7th. They are 1-9); (3rd Place) Byron 10, Houston 0; 5 innings (H: A. Loken 2-2, pitching loss. B: Vanessa Anderson 2-3, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 3 SB; Emma Nelson 2-3, HR, RBI, R. Canes are 2-4)

Track and Field


P-E-M Verne Herman Invite (R-P/H and Kingsland competed with Bulldogs, D-E, Stewie, Cotter, Schaeffer Academy, and L-A. The Tro-Cane boys took 3rd, the girls 5th. The Knight boys took 7th, the girls 8th. RPH 1st’s: Dylan Linder (1600), Sam Schneider (Shot Put), & Noah Carlson (Triple Jump). RPH 2nd’s: Anna Sweet (100), the girls 4x100 (Megan Holien, Ashley Agrimson, Kenzie Ness, Sweet), Jordan Honken (Pole Vault), Carlson (200), Ryan Ruberg (800), & Dan Thorson (Triple Jump). Agrimson was also 3rd (200), 4th (Long Jump), and 4th (High Jump). Kingsland’s top athletes were the third place co-ed 4x200 (Cody Krahn/Josh Bradley/Marina Schwanke/Lacey Schwartz), Hunter Meisner (4th 1600), & Krahn (6th 400))


La Crescent Invite (R-P/H, L/FC/M-C, LC, C/SG, Winona, La Crosse-Logan, and Providence Academy competed (no team scoring). LFCMC 1st’s: Kiera Olson (3200), the girls 4x400 (Cassidy Ruud/Sara Vettleson-Trutza/Bailey Ruen/Kenzie Broadwater) and 4x800 (SVT/Leah Ruen/Alyssa Gathje/B. Ruen) teams, Olivia Haug (Discus), Quentin Case (110 & 300-hurdles), & Eric Holst (Discus). RPH 1st’s: Anna Sweet (100), the girls 4x100 (M. Holien/A. Agrimson/Aspen Hartmann/Sweet) and 4x200 (Carissa Bieberdorf/Agrimson/J. Honken/Sweet) teams, Agrimson (High Jump/Long Jump), Honken (Pole Vault), N. Carlson (Long Jump), & Hunter Dockter (Shot Put). LFCMC 2nd’s: L. Ruen (800), Rachel Eversole (300-hurdles), the girls 4x200 (Leah Scheevel/Rachel Kimball/SVT/Broadwater), Travis Troendle (3200), the boys 4x100 and 4x200 (Monty Holm/Niko Anderson/Bram Van Lent/Gabe Decker), & Decker (Pole Vault). RPH 2nd’s: Bailey O’Hare (1600), Christina Strapp (Triple Jump), D. Linder (1600), the boys 4x800 (Ryan Ruberg/Jeremiah Munson/Dominic Jenkins/Linder), Tyler McLellan (Long Jump), & Matt Culhane (Discus))



(Boys) R-P 172/FC 175, C-SG 187 (R-P: C. Krambeer 38, Hudson Stensgard 43. FC: J. Miller 41, Trevor Barnes 43. C-SG: Devin Schiltz 42, Drew Stemper 47. C-SG hosted R-P and FC separately. Par-36 Ma-Cal-Grove)

(Girls) FC 192, La Crescent 227 (FC: K. Tammel 42, K. Todd 48. LC: Alex Nutter 42. Par-37 Valley High GC)


(Boys) Chatfield 232, Southland 224 (C: Chris Hanson 55, Alex Hompe 56); (Girls) Chatfield 262, Southland Inc. (Paige Isensee 50. Par-36 Cedar River GC)

(Boys) C-SG 190, FC 183 (FC: J. Miller 40, Delton Sauer 46, T. Barnes 48. C-SG: Symon Ely 43. Par-36 Harmony GC); (Girls) FC 213, C-SG 218 (FC: K. Tammel 48, K. Todd 52. C-SG: Rebecca Schroeder 52. Par-36 Ma-Cal-Grove GC)

(Boys) Kingsland 219, R-P 174 (R-P: C. Krambeer 41, Hud. Stensgard 42, Chad Christian 43. K: Simon Broadwater 48); (Girls) Kingsland Inc., R-P 450 (K: Karli Bly 44, Megan Back 54. R-P: Kendra Crawford 81. Par-36 Ferndale GC)

(Boys) Houston 214, GMLO 203 (H: Sam Ross 42, Joe Jore 53. GMLO: Mark Cotton/Dylan Jech 48’s); (Girls) Houston 348, GMLO Inc. (H: Kelly Jerviss 61. GMLO: Kaitlyn King 46)


(Boys) R-P 161, Chatfield 231 (R-P: C. Krambeer 37, Hud. Stensgard 38. C: C. Hanson 49); (Girls) R-P 306, Chatfield 238 (C: P. Isensee 48, Morgan Henry 53, Makara Fahrenholz 64. R-P: K. Crawford 71. Par-34 Chosen Valley GC)

Z-M Invite (Houston’s boys took 9th (of 10), the girls 8th (of 12). S. Ross (79) took 6th. K. Jerviss (106) was top Cane female)


(Boys) SC 204, Chatfield 211 (C: C. Hanson 47. SC: Quinn Roessler 45); (Girls) SC 263, Chatfield 245 (C: P. Isensee 49, M. Henry 59. SC: Nicole Splittoesser 57. Par-34 Chosen Valley GC)

(Girls) C-SG 211, FC 189 (FC: K. Todd/Grace Miller 44’s. C-SG: Ashley Gavin 50. Par-36 Harmony GC)

(Boys) FC 177, R-P 183, Houston 198 (FC: J. Miller 38, T. Barnes 43. R-P: Alex Vix/C. Christian 44’s. H: Sam Ross 40. Par-35 Ferndale GC)

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