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Falcon Softball: 1A East Champs

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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FC/L softball started off the season finding out it would senior-less. Those senior-less Falcons are now 1A East champs. They are headed to Austin and the Section Final Four. The Falcons’ (#1, 12-3) trek began with a quarterfinal contest versus Mabel-Canton (#8, 4-9). A softball adage goes, ‘you gotta hit to run, you gotta run to score, you gotta score to win.’ Well, M-C didn’t do any of the first, little of the second, none of third, and thus they lost 8-0. FC/L junior pitcher Morgan Malley, who has flirted with the feat a couple times, tossed no-hitter (14 K, 1 BB). Offensively, Malley (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Megan Hendrickson (2-3, RBI, R) each had two hits. Taylor Pierce-Sprenger (1-4) had 4 RBI. Sara Lind was solid in defeat for M-C (6 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). They finish at 4-10.

In a 1A East semi, Malley again led the Falcons versus Lewiston-Altura (#4, 11-9). Her and Cardinal pitcher Kayla Burt combined to surrender just six hits. Two of FC/L’s were of the difference-making extra-base variety. Gabby Brazee singled in the second and Tayah Barnes then doubled her home. An inning later, Malley led off with a towering solo HR (3) to left field. L-A got just one runner to second base. The Falcons picked up the 2-0 victory behind Malley’s shut-out (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 K, 1 BB). Catcher Shelby Ebner helped the Falcon cause by snagging a couple popped-up bunt attempts and throwing out a runner trying to steal. FC/L avenged 2013’s first round upset loss to the then 7th-seeded Cardinals. Burt (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, Loss) and Morah Forstch (2-2, BB) led L-A.

The 1A East final with W-K (#2, 15-6) was an absolute nail-biter anytime FC/L was in the field. Rowan Blaschko began the game by tripling. It was a sign of things to come. Wabasha left runners in scoring position in six innings. Four times, they left a runner on the hot corner. A trio of K’s followed the Blaschko first inning triple. FC/L cut a runner down at home plate 9-3-2 on a second Blaschko triple in the fifth. A half inning later, Barnes singled, went to second on an error, and scored on a Kaitlynn Aug double (1-0). A half inning later, Adrianna Baab singled, stole second, and scored on a Bailey LaRocque single (1-1). In the bottom of the seventh, Barnes repeated her fifth inning feat (single, to second on error). Aug the same. Her single to center on a 1-2 count plated Barnes to propel Tris Tollefson’s Falcons to walk-off glory (2-1). Malley got the win (14-1). W-K touched her for nine hits, but just the single run (7 K, 0 BB). Seven Falcons-North were stranded in scoring position. Aug (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Barnes (2-3, 2 R) were FC/L the offense. Blaschko (3-4, 2 3B, SB), and LaRocque (2-3, RBI, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB) led W-K. FC/L (15-3) heads to Austin to face 1A West champ, 4-seed Kenyon-Wanamingo (11-11).

Gopher Softball

Headed to Austin

Offensively gifted Chatfield softball also is headed to Austin for the Section Final Four. They (3-seed, 12-6) beat Goodhue (6-seed, 4-12) in the quarters 9-3. Janessa Erding was 3-4 (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R). Brook Irish collected the win (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; 2 RBI). Chatfield then travelled to Wabasha (#2, 14-6). The Gophers out-hit W-K 9-4, but errors (3) and walks (7) were their demise. They fell 7-4 in the semis. Sydney Gould was 2-4 with a solo HR (2).

Chatfield then spotted L-A (#4, 11-10) three first inning runs in an elimination game. But then, a 13-0 run. Maddy Larrabee (3-4, 2B, R) and Kirsten Keefe (1-3, 2B) each had three RBI. Sidney Irish (3-4, 2 R, RBI), Erding (3-4, 2 R), and Shelby Bernard (3-3, 2 RBI, R) each had three hits. The Gophers won in five, 13-3. Jennifer Hanson (5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) collected the win. It set up a re-match with W-K (#2, 15-7) in another elimination game. Coming off the loss to FC/L, Wabasha tallied four first-inning errors, gifting the Gophers a pair of runs. W-K tied things in the third, but the Gophers then scored seven unanswered. Jeff Johnson’s crew avenged two losses, grabbed the sub-section runner-up trophy/medals, and punched a trip to Spam-town by a final of 9-2. Eight of nine starters recorded a hit (Keefe 2-3, RBI, R; S-Irish 2-4, 2 R; Gould 2-4, 3B, RBI, R). Hanson (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) got another win. Chat (East #3, 15-7) will play Hay (West #1, 17-4) on a field in a battle of fields, elimination at stake.

Gopher Baseball

Head to Rochester

The Gopher baseball team (#2, 14-2), which has rode a collective team effort including excellent pitching in the regular season, began their play-off run by downing Houston (7-seed, 5-11). A four-run third was key to a 7-2 win. Jake Neis led the way (3-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R) with assists from Nate Skare (1-4, 2 RBI, R), T.J. Moechnig (2-3, RBI, R), and Tommy Jech (Win; 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). The Canes had just four hits with Christian Sires (1-4) collecting the sole RBI. They finish at 5-12. Chatfield then hit a bump the road. L-A’s hitting solved Gopher pitching, rapping out ten hits against Neis. The Cardinals led 5-2 heading to the seventh before putting it away with a 3-run top. The final was 8-3. Zach Eggers (2-3, 2 2B, SB) scored all three Chatfield runs. Storm Seefeldt (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, Win), Ryan Gnadt (3-4, 2 RBI, R), and Mitch Rasmussen (3-4, RBI) led the Card charge. Chatfield rebounded against FC/L in an elimination game. A 6-run Gopher first put the Falcons in a vice. Chatfield won 12-2 in five. Noah Grant (2-2) had two 2-run hits (4 RBI). Neis (2-3, 2B, 3 R, RBI), Skare (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI), and Ben Pierce (2-3, RBI, R) also got in on the action. Kiel Larson (1-2, R) and Nick Mensink (1-3, RBI) led FC/L, whose season ends at 4-14. Chatfield (16-3) then beat L-A in a re-match to grab the 1A East runner-up spot (more next week). They are off to Rochester, the Section Final Four, and a third date with TRC rival Southland in an elimination game.

Hot Shots

The Fillmore Central girl’s golf team won the 1A East meet and advanced to the Section 1A finals. Katie Tammel and Keeley Todd finished 1-2. R-P’s boys advanced also by taking second. Trojan Kyle Weidemann took second to FC’s Jordan Miller (6-over 76). R-P/H track and field had 17 athletes qualify for the Section 1A individual meet. Noah Carlson (400, Long Jump, Triple Jump), Austin O’Hare (1600, 3200), Anna Sweet (100), Jordan Honken (Pole Vault), and Matt Culhane (Disc) are top three seeds (top state hopefuls). LFCMC had seven relay teams qualify, 25 total qualifiers. Olivia Haug (Discus) and the girls 4x400/4x800 teams are seeded top three. Chatfield had 12 qualifiers. Maddy Kammer (200, 400), Jayme LaPlante (Shot, Disc), Autum Erickson (100), and the girls 4x200 are seeded top three. LaPlante’s discus throw (179’05”) set the (1A) Sub-Section 1 meet record. Kingsland qualified two; Lacey Schwartz (100) the best state hopeful. Seniors Kailynn Hamersma and Haley Colton each had two hits and 2 RBI as GMLOK softball won a quarterfinal game. FC/L frosh Colin Scott was 3-3 (5 RBI) as Falcon baseball did the same. R-P’s Lauren Hadley went yard twice, and Keela Brand hit another (2), in a Trojan season-ending loss. Jake Neis was 4-5 and collected the win as Chatfield ended its TRC South campaign a perfect 10-0.

Baseball (including Playoffs)


Chatfield 14, GMLOK 2 (C: J. Neis 4-5, 2 2B’s, 4 R, RBI, SB, Win; Ethan Woltz 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 R; Zach Eggers 2-4, 3 R. GMLOK: Isaac Tangen 2-3, Loss; Blake Olson 1-3, RBI; Jake Rindels 1-2, R, SB)

Houston 8, R-P 9 (R-P: Mason McManimon-Myers 3-5, 2B, RBI, R; Jon Koenen 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win; Ross Anderson 1-3, 2B, RBI, R; Ethan Anderson 1-4, 2 RBI, R. H: Brett Hoskins 3-5, 3 RBI, 2 R; Dylan Lee 3-4, 3 R, RBI. Canes led 6-0 thru four. A 6-run Trojan fifth tied it. Canes then led 8-6 heading to bottom of seventh. A walk, a McManimon-Myers double, a Koenen single, and an error tied the game at 8-8. Ethan Anderson’s sac fly scored Koenen for the victory)


Houston 5, M-C 1 (H: Tyler Hoskins 3-4, R, SB; B. Hoskins 3-5, 2 R, SB; Taylor Johnston 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R; Mason Drake 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, Win. M-C: Bryce Michels 1-3, 2B; Jon Selness RBI; Collin O’Bieglo R)

L-A 5, GMLOK 0 (GMLOK: Josh Shorter 3-3; B. Olson 2-3. L-A: Jackson Riebel 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI)


(1A-E Qtr) #6 (3-15) R-P 0, #3 (8-10) L-A 10 [6] (Trojans had two hits and six errors. They finish 3-16)

(1A-E Qtr) #5 (3-12) FC/L 12, #4 (8-6) M-C 6 (FCL: C. Scott 3-3, 2 2B, 5 RBI, R; N. Mensink 3-3, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI; Josh Jones Win. M-C: Keyser Wenthold 2-3, 2B, RBI, R; C. O’Bielgo 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 7 IP, 12 H, 12 R, 12 K, Loss. Cougs finish 8-7)

(1AA-E Qtr) #8 (3-16) GMLOK 4, #1 (13-7) La Crescent 6 (GMLOK: Doug Sabatke 2-3, 2B, RBI. ‘Dogs finish 3-17)


(1A-E Semi) #5 (4-12) FC/L 0, #1 (17-2) W-K 11 [5] (FC/L hits: one. W-K HR’s: two)

Softball (Playoffs)


(1A-E Qtr) #5 (9-7) Houston 1, #4 (10-9) L-A 4 (H: Abbey Loken 1-3, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, Loss; Becca Proudfoot RBI. L-A: Taylor Daley 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; K. Burt 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, Win. A Daley 2-out 2-run double broke a 1-1 tie in 5th. Canes loaded the bases (one out) in seventh, but two Blair Schilling K’s ended it. Houston finishes 9-8)

(1AA-E Qtr) #5 (6-12) GMLOK 6, #4 (7-12) St. Charles 3 (GMLOK: K. Hamersma 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R; H. Colton 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jamie Stevens 2-4, RBI, R; Alayna Meskill 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K, Win. Four run 4th propelled ‘Dogs)


(1A-E Qtr) #7 (4-13) R-P 5, #2 (13-6) W-K 16 [5] (R-P: L. Hadley 3-3, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R; K. Brand 1-3, HR (2), RBI. W-K: R. Blaschko 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R. Trojans finish at 4-14)


(1AA-E Semi) #5 (7-12) GMLOK 0, #1 (15-1) SG-C 4 (C-SG: Samantha Bratland threw 13-K, 1-BB no-hitter)


(1AA-E Elimination) #5 (7-13) GMLOK 7, #3 (15-6) PEM 9 (GMLOK: Courtney Schmidt 1-1, 2 RBI; J. Stevens 2-4, RBI, 2 R; Theresa Gehling 1-3, 2 RBI. PEM: Josie Montgomery 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; McKenzie Norton 2-3, HR, RBI, R. Bulldogs-North led 6-0 after two. GMLOK got as close as 8-6 (mid-fifth). They finish at 7-14)

Track and Field


1A Sub-Section 1 Individual Meet (Girls: 1st RPH, 3rd LFCMC, 5th Chatfield, 7th Kingsland. Boys: 2nd RPH, 4th Chat, 6th LFCMC, 7th King. RPH 1A meet qualifiers: N. Carlson (1st 400*/Long Jump*/Triple Jump*), A. O’Hare (1st 1600*/3200*), A. Sweet (1st 100*, 2nd 200*), J. Honken (1st Pole Vault*), A. Agrimson (1st L-J*), Elizabeth Loken (2nd Disc, 3rd Shot), Mariah Olson (1st 1600), the girls 4x100* (2nd; Agrimson/Kenzie Ness/Aspen Hartmann/Sweet), Matt Culhane (2nd Disc*), Dylan Linder (2nd 1600), Hunter Dockter (2nd Shot), Ryan Ruberg (3rd 800), Bailey O’Hare (3rd 800), Kjersta Hinz (3rd High Jump), Micah Schutte (3rd T-J), & Trevor Lundberg (3rd Disc). LFCMC qualifiers: O. Haug (1st Disc*, 2nd Shot), B. van Lent (1st 300-H*), K. Olson (1st 3200*), Belle Sand (1st H-J), Niko Anderson (2nd 200), Sara Vettleson-Trutza (3rd 400), Quentin Case (3rd 110-H), Gabe Decker (3rd P-V), Travis Troendle (3rd 3200), Michaela Brazee (3rd P-V), Kenzie Broadwater (4th 100), the girls 4x400* (1st; Bailey Ruen/Kendyl Bennett/Paige Bennett/Broadwater), 4x800* (1st; Alyssa Gathje/B. Ruen/Leah Ruen/K. Bennett) & 4x200 (3rd; Maggie Decker/Leah Scheevel/SVT/P. Bennett) teams, the boys 4x200 (2nd; van Lent/Anderson/Case/Monty Holm), 4x100 (3rd; Holm/Anderson/van Lent/Decker), 4x400 (3rd; Case/Damon Zutz/Zach Voeltz/Holm), & 4x800 (3rd; Layton Howerton/Matthew Kiehne/Steven Rein/Treyten Chiglo) teams. Chatfield qualifiers: M. Kammer (1st 200*/400*), J. LaPlante (1st Shot*/Disc*), Ashley Baker (3rd 200, 5th 100), A. Erickson (2nd 100*), M. Talamantes (3rd 300-H*), Karen Gomez-Ruiz (2nd 3200), Mikaela Bray (2nd P-V), Alex Haffner (2nd 110-H), Jarrett Oakley (2nd T-J), Julius General (3rd Shot), the girls 4x200* (1st; Baker/Erickson/Talamantes/Kammer) & boys 4x200 (3rd; Haffner/Austin Swancutt/LaPlante/Kevin Bradt) teams. Kingsland qualifiers: L. Schwartz (3rd 100*) & Lauren Buchholtz (2nd 400). *Sectional top five seed (best state contenders))



(B) Kingsland 206, C-SG 199 (K: Simon Broadwater 47*. C-SG: Cody Breeser/Zach Sanness 47’s*); (G) K 232, La Crescent 238, C-SG 208 (K: Karli Bly 44*. Ma-Cal-Grove GC)


1A East Golf Meet (FC’s girls (362) took first over W-K (399). Lanesboro, Houston, R-P, and Kingsland finished 4-5-6-7. R-P’s boys (332) took second to L-A (328) to advance to the 1A meet. FC, Lanes, King, and Houston finished 3-4-6-7. 1A Meet qualifiers (girls): All Falcons; medalist K. Tammel (84), K. Todd (2nd, 87), Grace Miller (5th, 93), Laura Donney (7th-tie, 98), Madison Scheevel, & Elayna Kiehne. Others: Kelly Jerviss-Hou (6th, 97), Karli Bly-King (7th-tie, 98), Hope Knepper & Alexis Jorgenson-Lanes, Kendra Crawford-RP. 1A Meet Qualifiers (boys): All Trojans; K. Weidemann (2nd, 79), Alex Vix (5th-tie, 82), Hudson Stensgard (7th-tie, 83), Chad Christian (15th, 88), Charlie Krambeer & Jacob Merchlewitz. Others: medalist J. Miller (76) plus Delton Sauer, Trevor Barnes, Alex Lange, and Matson Kiehne of FC. Jonathan Bierman/Liam Dorn (7th-tie, 83’s) plus Tristen Chiglo of Lanesboro. Sam Ross (11th-tie, 85) of Houston. Par-70 Willow Creek GC)


1AA East Golf Meet (Neither Chatfield team finished top four. Paige Isensee (13th) and Morgan Henry (22nd) individually advanced to the 1AA Meet. No boys advanced. Par-71 Eastwood GC).

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