Fillmore Central Little League begins season
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:52 AM
The Fillmore Central Little League season began on June 7 with Fillmore Central taking on Lanesboro in a highly anticipated match-up. These teams, which will one day play together in high school, were playing for bragging rights.
Logan Corson started on the mound for the Falcons. He gave up a leadoff single to Connor Ruen, but was flawless after that. Corson finished the first inning striking out the next three hitters. Now it was the Falcons' turn to do some damage. After the leadoff man got out, Nate Haugerud laced a double to left and soon scored on a passed ball. So. after the first inning, it was FC 1, Lanesboro 0.
Corson took control again in the second inning striking out the side and getting his team back to the plate. In the bottom half, the Falcons only mustered one hit, which was a single by Carter Johnson. After two it was FC 1, Lanesboro 0.
In the third, it was the same story for Corson. He struck out the side again and got his team back to the dugout quickly. However, in the bottom half, the Falcons were retired in order, so after three complete it was FC 1, Lanesboro 0.
In the fourth, the strikeout streak ended with a pop out to first, but Corson picked back up striking out the last two batters of the inning. In the bottom of the fourth the Falcons bats woke up. It was led off by Matt Lutes and Josh Peters with back-to-back walks. Then Alex Mathison drove them both in a few pitches later with a base hit. Then, after two strikeouts, Devan Schmidt hit a single, leaving runners at first and third with two out. Then, Logan Corson stepped up and hit a two-run triple to right field, driving in Mathison and Schmidt. The next batter was Haugerud, and once again he hit a double to left to drive in Corson. Colten Kraling then walked and was followed by another triple. This time by Lutes, who had originally started the inning. So, by the time the fourth inning ended the scoreboard read FC 8, Lanesboro 0.
Logan Corson came out and struck out the side again. This finished the game for the Falcons who won 8-0.
Getting hits for the Falcons were Corson (1) 2 RBI, Haugerud (2) RBI, Lutes (1) RBI, Mathison (1) 2 RBI, Johnson (1), Schmidt (1). Corson ended the game with 5 IP, 14 K's, 1 hit, 0 runs.
Fillmore Central vs. Grand Meadow
On June 11, the Falcons traveled to Grand Meadow (GM) where they took on the Superlarks in a very exciting game.
Haugerud led off the game with a walk, followed by a single from Corson, then Colten Kraling singled to load the bases. Lutes then walked, driving in Haugerud from third giving the Falcons an early 1-0 lead.
Once again Corson was on the hill for the Falcons. He ran into trouble right away with the top of GM's order and by the end of the first inning GM led 2-1.
The next three innings were dominated by pitching, each pitcher only allowing two hits a piece. Hits by the Falcons came from Kraling and Haugerud and at the end of the fourth, GM still led 2-1. The Falcons were down to their last three outs. Haugerud led off the inning with a single, followed by a Corson single, which put runners on first and second with no one out. On a fake bunt, double steal, Haugerud reached third and Corson reached second. Then Kraling came through with a two-run single giving the Falcons a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom half of the fifth.
Coming out in relief was Kraling. Kraling struggled a bit with the first few hitters giving up one run, but then shut them down. So after five innings complete, the teams were headed for extra innings.
Both teams failed to score in the sixth, so it was on to the seventh. Once again it was Haugerud leading off the inning, this time with a triple. That was then followed by Corson with an RBI double. Next up was Kraling. He drove in Corson with a groundout to second, and after six and a half innings, the Falcons led 5-3. Kraling shut the door in the bottom half giving the Falcons the "sweet" come-from-behind victory.
Getting hits were Haugerud (3), Corson (3) RBI, Kraling (3) 3 RBI 3 SB. Pitching stats: Corson 4 IP, 8 K's, 4 H, 2 R. Kraling 3 IP, 5 K's, 0 H, 4 BB, 1 R.
Fillmore Central versus Spring Valley
On June 14, the Falcons played host to Spring Valley, in yet another nerve-racking game.
On the bump for the Falcons was Kraling. He took control of the game and pitched well. He controlled the game until the third inning where Spring Valley managed to get two runs across. Up to that point the Falcons had only managed two hits, a bunt single by Peters and another single by Haugerud.
After three innings Spring Valley led 2-0. Both teams were shut down in the fourth and in the fifth Corson came in to relieve Kraling. He went, as the kids say, "boom-boom-bam" to take Fillmore Central to the bottom of the fifth.
The bottom half started with a very good at bat by Hadrian Williams, which led to a single. That was soon followed with a double by Brady Ristau, which drove in Williams. Then, after two walks, Lutes came to the plate. He grounded it to the pitcher. It scored Ristau, tying the game, but Haugerud was thrown out at home to end the inning.
So once again, Fillmore Central was headed to extra innings with the score tied at 2-2. In the sixth, the Spring Valley bats woke up again as they scored two more runs, stretching the score to a 4-2 lead for Spring Valley.
In the bottom half of the sixth, the Falcons were shut down as they were handed their first loss of the year.
Getting hits were Haugerud (1), Peters (1), Williams (1), Ristau (1) RBI. Pitching Stats: Kraling 4 IP, 5 K's, 3 H, 2 R. Corson 2 IP, 3 K's, 2 H, 2 R.
The Falcons are currently 2-1. They have this week off as they have a double bye week. The coaching staff is happy with their progression as they head deeper into the season. A few strengths are pitching and defense and a few weaknesses at this point are hitting and striking out too many times.
If one is in town on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon, stop at the ball fields to see if the team is playing.
Games start at 1 p.m. Come support the local ballplayers!